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The Bulls GM NBA Transaction Log

6/14/18

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Miami Heat extend qualifying offer to Derrick Jones Jr worth 1,337,872. Derrick Jones Jr is now a restricted free agent. Miami has until July 13th to remove qualifying offer without Jones’ permission. 

6/13/18

The Philadelphia 76ers have accepted guard TJ McConnell’s team option worth 1,600,520 for the 2018-19 season. McConnell’s contract is still non-guaranteed, and won’t guarantee until 1/10/19. For now, Philadelphia has a guaranteed salary of 67,392,247 which does not include 2018 draft picks likely salary. Cap sheet for Philadelphia will be available soon. 

 

 

5/31/18

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Ron Baker has accepted his 2018-19 player option worth 4,544,400. New York now has 75,298,326 in team salary which does not include 2018 draft picks. Cap Sheet for New York will be available soon. 


5/13/18

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Tyler Cavanaugh has cleared waivers and is now an unrestricted free agent. Tyler was waived by Atlanta 5/11/18. 

5/11/18

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The Atlanta Hawks have requested waivers on forward Tyler Cavanaugh. Tyler had a non-guaranteed contract for the 2018-19 season worth 1,378,242, the Hawks will now clear that cap hit by placing Tyler on waivers. Tyler will clear waivers 5/13/18. Atlanta’s guaranteed salary will remain at 56,232,915, which does not include draft pick salaries. Atlanta’s 2018 Off-Season Cap Sheet Updated

5/10/18

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Nick Collison has retired from the NBA. 

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The Miami Heat have declined forward Jordan Mickey’s team option worth 1,600,520 for the 2018-19 season. Miami clearly looking to save money and get under tax line as much as possible. Jordan will now be an unrestricted free agent. Miami now has 117,439,699 in guaranteed salary, which does not include any 2018 draft pick salaries. Cap Sheet will be available soon. 

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Sacramento Kings’ center Kosta Koufos has exercised his 2018-19 player option worth 8,739,500. Sacramento now has 68,412,113 in guaranteed salary, that does not include 2018 draft pick salaries. Cap sheet for Sacramento will be available soon. 

5/2/18

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ guard Jamal Crawford has declined his 2018-19 player option worth 4,544,400. Minnesota now has 110,233,979 in guaranteed salary, that does not include 2018 draft pick salaries. Cap sheet for Minnesota will be available soon.

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Indiana Pacers’ guard Corey Joseph has accepted his 2018-19 player option worth 7,945,000. Indiana now has 47,818,044 in guaranteed salary, that does not include 2018 draft picks’ salaries. Cap sheet for Indiana will be available soon. 

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Los Angeles Clippers’ forward Wesley Johnson has accepted his 2018-19 player option worth 6,134,520. Los Angeles now has 63,940,721 in guaranteed salary, that does not include 2018 draft picks’ likely salary. Cap sheet for the Clippers will be available soon. 

 

4/30/18 

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Dallas Mavericks’ guard Wesley Matthews has accepted his 2018-19 player option worth 18,622,514Dallas now has 59,891,832 in guaranteed team salary, that does not include 2018 draft picks’ likely salaries. Here is an updated cap sheet for the 2018 off-season after this moveDallas Cap Sheet

Charlotte Hornets 2018 Off-Season Numbers Breakdown

Players Cap Hit Explanation
2018-19
Dwight Howard 23,819,725
Nicolas Batum 24,000,000
Marvin Williams 14,087,500
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 13,000,000
Cody Zeller 13,528,090
Kemba Walker 12,000,000
Jeremy Lamb 7,488,372
Malik Monk 3,447,480
Frank Kaminsky 3,627,842
Michael Carter-Williams 3,240,000 Cap Hold
Julyan Stone 1,656,092 fully non (G)
Willy Hernangomez 1,544,951
Treveon Graham 1,699,698 Cap Hold (RFA)
Dwyane Bacon 1,378,242
Mangok Mathiang (Two-Way)  1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA) 
Marcus Paige (Two-Way)  1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA) 
Roster Size  14 (16)  14 + 2 draft picks
Exceptions
Mid Level 8,567,000 (likely) Projection
Mini Mid Level 5,291,000 (unlikely)  Projection
Bi-Annual 3,353,000 Projection
Room ****
Trade Exceptions  none
Projected Draft Pick 2,788,800 11th projection
831,311 2nd round min
IRC *see note below 831,311 For max space
Team Salary 130,813,847
w/o exceptions 123,242,011 **see note below
118,753,513 guarnatees + IRC
Salary Cap 101,000,000 projection
Cap Room -27,138,103 current
w/o exceptions -29,813,847 likely
-17,753,513 max space
Luxury Tax 121,000,000 projection
Tax Room ****
Tax Hit ****
Minimum Salary ****
Team Salary For Minimum ****
Away From Minimum ****

*IRC stands for “incomplete roster charge”. This happens when teams fall below 12 players under contract. For every spot under 12, a team is charged the rookie minimum. For Charlotte, to open max space Charlotte would have 11 players under contract. Therefor would be charged rookie minimum 831,311 one time.

**This team salary number is without MCW, Paige, Mathiang’s cap hold. Also without Stone’s non-guaranteed contract. I project this as likely.

Brooklyn Nets 2018 Off Season Numbers Breakdown

PLAYERS CAP HIT Explanation
2018-19
Allen Crabbe 18,500,000
Timofey Mozgov 16,000,000
DeMarre Carroll 15,400,000
Jeremy Lin 12,516,746
Deron Williams 5,474,787 Stretched
D’Angelo Russell 7,019,698
Jahlil Okafor 6,313,832 Cap Hold, Max BRK can pay *see note below
Nik Stauskas 11,421,441 Cap Hold (RFA)
Dante Cunningham 2,760,000 Cap Hold
Jarrett Allen 2,034,120
Quincy Acy 1,499,698 Cap Hold
Caris LeVert 1,702,800
Spencer Dinwiddie 1,656,092 Fully non (G)
Joe Harris 1,499,698 Cap Hold
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson 2,470,357
Isaiah Whitehead 1,544,951 Fully non (G)
James Webb III (Two-Way) 1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Milton Doyle (Two-Way) 1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Roster Size 15 (18) 15 players + 3 draft pick
Exceptions
Mid Level 8,567,000 Projection
Bi Annual 3,353,000 Projection
Mini Mid Level
Room 4,410,232 Projection**see note below
Trade Exceptions none
Projected Draft Pick 1,348,600 29th projection
831,311 2nd min
831,311 2nd min
IRC ***see note below 3,325,244 for max space
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Team Salary 113,501,186 w/o exceptions
w/o exceptions 90,045,520 ****see note below
84,443,752 Guarantees + IRC
Salary Cap 101,000,000 Projection
Cap Room -12,501,186 current
w/o exceptions 10,954,480 likely
16,556,248 max space
Luxury Tax 121,000,000 Projection
Tax Room ****
Tax Hit ****
Minimum Salary ****
Team Salary For Minimum ****
Away From Minimum ****

*Because Okafor’s team option was declined while on his rookie scale contract, Brooklyn now is capped out at how much they can sign Okafor too. They are not allowed to go over what his option would have been for that season.

**Brooklyn will only have room exception available if Brooklyn chooses to renounce rights to MLE and Bi-Annual to create cap space. Remember, the MLE and Bi-Annual count towards your team salary if below the salary cap. Most teams renounce these to create room, which then the room exception becomes available.

***IRC stands for “incomplete roster charge”. This happens when teams fall below 12 players under contract. For every spot under 12, a team is charged the rookie minimum. For Brooklyn, to create max space Brooklyn would only have 8 under contract. Therefor would be charged 831,311(rookie minimum for 18-19) 4 times.

****This team salary figure is without Okafor, Stauskas, Acy, Webb, and Doyle’s cap hold. Also without Whitehead’s non-guaranteed contract. I project this as likely.

Boston Celtics 2018 Off Season Numbers Breakdown

Players Cap Hit
2018-19
 Gordon Hayward 31,214,295
Al Horford 28,928,710
Kyrie Irving 20,099,189
Jayson Tatum 6,700,800
Marcus Morris 5,375,000
Greg Monroe 6,000,000 Cap Hold
Jaylen Brown 5,169,960
Marcus Smart 13,614,060 Cap Hold (RFA)
Aron Baynes 5,193,600 Cap Hold
Guerschon Yabusele 2,667,600
Terry Roizer 3,050,390
Shane Larkin 1,499,698 Cap Hold
Semi Ojeleye 1,378,242 901,965k (G,) full (G) on 7/16/18
Abdel Nader 1,378,242 450k (G), full (G) on 8/1/18
Daniel Theis 1,378,242 fully non (G)
Demetrius Jackson 92,857 Stretched
Jonathan Gibson 1,699,698 Cap Hold (RFA)
Kadeem Allen (two-way) 1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Jabari Bird (two-way) 1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Roster Size  16 (17)  16 players + 1 draft pick
Exceptions
Mid Level 8,567,000  projection (unlikely)
Room Exception N/A
Bi Annual 3,353,000  projection
Mini Mid Level 5,290,000 projection (likely)
Trade Exceptions  none
Projected Draft Pick 1,367,000 27th projection
IRC *see note below 3,325,244 for max space
Team Salary 139,483,327 current
133,608,187 **see note below
107,883,153 guaranteed
w/o Exceptions ****
Salary Cap 101,000,000 projection
Cap Room -38,483,327 current
-32,608,187 likely
-6,883,153 max space
w/o Exceptions ****
Luxury Tax 121,000,000  projection
Away From Tax ****
Tax Hit ****

*IRC stands for “incomplete roster charge”. This happens when teams fall below 12 players under contract. For every spot under 12, a team is charged the rookie minimum. For Boston, to create max space Boston would have 8 players under contract. Therefor are charged 831,311(18-19 rookie minimum) 4 times.

**This team salary number is without Gibson’s, Allen’s, Bird’s cap holds. I project this as likely.

Atlanta Hawks 2018 Off-Season Numbers Breakdown

 

PLAYERS CAP HIT Explanation
2018-19
Kent Bazemore 18,089,887
Dennis Schroder 15,500,000
Miles Plumlee 12,500,000
Dwyane Dedmon 6,300,000 Player Option
Mike Muscala 5,000,000 Player Option
Malcom Delaney 3,250,000 Cap Hold (RFA)
Taurean Prince 2,526,840
John Collins 2,299,080
Jamal Crawford 2,304,226 Waived
DeAndre’ Bembry 1,634,640
Isaiah Taylor 1,544,951 Fully Non (G)
Tyler Dorsey 1,378,242
Antonius Cleveland 1,378,242 Fully Non (G)
Jaylen Morris 1,378,242 Fully Non (G)
Damion Lee 1,537,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Josh Magette (two-way) 1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Andrew White (two-way) 1,337,872 Cap Hold (RFA)
Roster Size  15 (19) 15 players + 4 draft picks
Exceptions
Mid Level 8,567,000 Estimation
Bi-Annual Exception 3,353,000  Estimation
Mini Mid Level ****
Room 4,410,232 Estimation **see note below
Trade Exceptions
Luke Babbit 1,471,382 2/8/2019
Projected Draft Pick 4,887,200 4th projection
1,859,800 19th projection
1,338,900 30th projection
831,311 2nd round (min)
IRC****see note below 4,156,555 for max space
Team Salary 100,135,177 w/ exceptions
w/o Exceptions 88,215,177 w/o exceptions
76,450,126 *see note below
60,389,470  guaranteed salary + IRC
Salary Cap 101,000,000  projection
Cap Room 864,823 current w/ exceptions
12,784,823 current w/o exceptions
24,549,874 likely
w/o Exceptions 40,610,530 max space possible***see note below
Luxury Tax 121,000,000  projection
Tax Room ****
Tax Hit ****

*This is Atlanta’s team salary without Delaney, Lee, Magette, and White’s cap hold. Without Taylor’s, Cleveland’s, and Morris’s non-guaranteed contract contract. I project this as a likely scenario.

**Atlanta will only have room exception available if Atlanta chooses to renounce rights to MLE and Bi-Annual to create cap space. Remember, the MLE and Bi-Annual count towards your team salary if below the salary cap. Most teams renounce these to create room, which then the room exception becomes available.

***This is the max space(without trade/and stretch) Atlanta can create. For this to happen, Atlanta must renounce all free agents, and waive all non-guaranteed money. Also Muscala and Dedmon would have to opt out. Also Atlanta must draft overseas players that will stay overseas, or trade draft picks away for future picks. Very unlikely situation.

****IRC stands for “incomplete roster charge”. This happens when teams fall below 12 players under contract. For every spot under 12, a team is charged the rookie minimum. For Atlanta to create max space, they would only have 7 players under contract. Therefor would be charged 831,311(rookie minimum for 18-19) 5 times. The charges go away after each spot is filled.

How Good Can Bobby Portis Become Offensively?

The 3rd year player Bobby Portis has had a solid 2017-18 season. He is finally getting over 20 minutes per game, and is showing he can be a productive offensive player. Let’s look at Portis’ career numbers.

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You can see with minutes, Portis is showing his offensive potential. For a big he is a decent shooter, he gets offensive rebounds, and can get 15-20 points in starter minutes. Here’s a quick look at Portis’ per 36 minutes numbers.

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The per 36 stats just gives you an idea with more minutes, what Bobby can do. No it doesn’t necessarily mean he will put up these exact numbers. I do think however it’s fair to say with about 25 minutes plus a game, Portis is good for 15 points or more on average. Portis has shown he can be a solid offensive player, but the question really is how good can Portis become? Could he become a reliable starter? Or could he even become an All-Star? A more in-depth look at how he gets his points will help us figure out his potential.

Looking into Portis’ numbers, it’s clear he likes to shoot the ball away from the rim more than the average big.

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The chart you see is from Cleaning The Glass. It is a site run by Ben Falk, previous Vice President of Basketball Strategy for the Philadelphia 76ers, and former basketball analytics manager of the Portland Trail Blazers. The stats from this chart exclude “garbage time stats”. You can see here what garbage time is defined as,  garbage time. Portis shoots 38% of his shots at the rim, which is below average compared to his position. You see he shoots 26% of his shots from 3 which is above average and 36% from mid-range which is above average at his position. Portis unlike most bigs, relies on outside shooting just as much as at the rim shooting. Let’s take a quick look at how he shoots from each of these areas.

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You can see why Portis likes to shoot as many jump shoots as he does. At the rim Portis shoots 57% which is in the bottom % compared to his position. Portis is a good mid-range shooter though as you see he is in the top % compared to his position from there. From 3 he is slightly below average. We will dive deeper into whether or not Portis can improve at the rim, but looking at these stats his game reminds me of someone similar. Someone who is a former 4 time All-Star. That player is Paul Millsap.

I’m talking about the Paul Millsap from 2013-14 to now. The Paul Millsap who became a better shooter once he signed with Atlanta. Let’s take a quick look at how Millsap likes to score. Here is where he likes to shoot from since 2013.

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You can see the numbers are very similar to Portis. Millsap takes more shots from mid range, than he does at the rim. For a big, Millsap shoots a lot of jump shots. Let’s take a look at how he shoots from these areas.

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The numbers are very similar between Portis and Millsap. They both shoot about the same from 3. They both like to rely on jump shots really when you break it down. For 4 seasons in Atlanta, Paul Millsap was an All-Star. Let’s take a quick look at those numbers.

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These are Millsap’s numbers all four All-Star seasons. When you compare these numbers to Portis’ per 36 numbers, they really start to look similar.

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The question becomes can Portis be as good as Millsap? What are the differences between their games? One thing difference you notice is Millsap gets to the line more than Portis. Let’s take a look at their drawing shooting foul numbers.

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Looking at the SFLD%(shows the % of the shots player is fouled on), clearly Millsap gets to the line more than Portis. One of the reason for this is likely speed. Millsap blows by his man more, which causes defenders to foul him more than they would with Portis. Defenders are caught out of position more guarding Millsap. This is important because neither are great shooters. Not just relying on shooing and being able to get to the line produces more consistent numbers, which has helped Millsap put up All-Star numbers.

But one advantage Bobby Portis has over Millsap is offensive rebounding. Portis offensive rebounds 10% of his team’s misses, which is way above average for his position. Being able to rebound and get easy baskets should help Portis, but he needs to get better around the rim. You saw as we talked earlier, Portis doesn’t finish well around the rim. But why is that? It seems to me it is mainly a lack of explosion. He is athletic but just not explosive. He also struggles to finish over players with similar or longer height. Here are a few examples of this:

I don’t expect Portis to ever become great under the rim, or even good. But he needs to get closer to average for his position. Getting stronger, working on jumping, and getting better footwork will help Portis. I also think getting more comfortable with his left will help a lot. Portis at times forces shots with his right, when the shot would be easier with his left. Working on these little things can get Portis 2-6 extra points a game.

I think the potential for Portis to become good offensively is there. The things I would like to see Portis improve is his shooting, footwork down low, his left hand, his strength, jumping, and offensive awareness.

I think Portis can become a better shooter than Millsap. He is a better free throw shooter, and I do believe Portis has a nice shot. I think the more he works on his shot, he can become closer to a 38%-40% shooter from distance. Footwork down low can improve which ties in with his left. Portis most of time is looking to finish right. All his set up moves in the post are to set him up going right. Defenders know this and will play him that way, getting them to respect his left will only help his game. Getting stronger comes with age, and the stronger Portis becomes the more separation he will be able to get for his shot down low. And just offensive awareness but more so his shot IQ. This has improved but still needs work. Portis at times settles for bad shots. Contested 3’s or just quick 3’s in general. Usually experience will fix this, Portis just needs to learn what a good shot is and when it’s better to just pass the ball.

If I had to guess I don’t think Portis will ever become an All-Star but I do think he will become a good offensive player teams can rely on. Portis has at least shown the offensive talent that can keep him around the NBA for another 5-6 seasons. Maybe more with hard work.  The Bulls for now should realize they have an offensive talent in Portis, that could help their bench for a long time moving forward.