OK, I was in the camp with blueadams in terms of wanting Joe to cut Stuckey and amnesty BoT so we could spend like drunken sailors on free agents this summer (2013). I have changed my mind. Heck I don't even care if BoT and CV are on the roster all season, I think their expiring contracts are far more valuable for US to carry this year and have the money to spend next year. It also helps that we don't have a 1st round draft pick in the upcoming draft, because what I'm about to propose will knock everyone's socks off! And I haven't been drinking.......hey blue, check THIS OUT: Here's a round about payroll for us next year: Smith - $13.5M Jonas - $4.5M Brandon - $3.75M Bynum - $2.85M Pope - $2.5M Luigi - $1.5M Singler - $1M Middleton - $1M Mitchell - $.8M Total - $31.4M Assuming a salary cap of $60M, that gives us $28.6M for next summer! Now lets get to the, What If's: Many of us are already trying to trade Monroe, so what if in the summer Joe decides.....to part ways with Monroe because we already have Josh Smith.......Who on earth could we use that money on? Well rumor has it a guy in NY may be opting out........Hmmmm What if we can clear Jonas' $4.5M off the books a year early, that takes us up to $33.1M. We could offer a Greg Monroe a 5 year $70M contract and the first year would start at about $12M, that still leaves $20M......Who on Earth could we use that money on? Well rumor has it a guy in NY may be opting out.....Hmmmm I know we're a small market, but we can easily position ourselves to go after Carmelo this summer, we'll have some things no other team has- Cap Space AND YOUNG Talent!!!! Imagine this lineup: PG: (A much improved) BK7 - Bynum SG: (A more experienced) KCP - Singler SF: Carmelo - Luigi - Middleton PF: Josh Smith - Tony Mitchell C: Greg Monroe - Andre Drummond That my FRIENDS is a legit contender!!!! But why stop there? What If we can get Rondo, in a trade- let's offer up the following: Knight, Monroe and Jonas ($11.5M) for Rondo. That means next summer's payroll looks like this: Smith - $13.5M Rondo - $13M Bynum - $2.85M Pope - $2.5M Luigi - $1.5M Singler - $1M Middleton - $1M Mitchell - $.8M Total - $36.15M Again assuming cap of $60M that gives us $23.85M, plenty of room to sign Carmelo. So how do you like this lineup: PG: Rondo - Bynum SG: Pope - Singler SF: Carmelo - Luigi - Middleton PF: Smith - Mitchell C: Drummond That my FRIENDS is a Championship Favorite!!!!