Okay fam, the Boogie signing seems to have deflated our largely successful summer. Remember that all these contracts that are being reported, they’re not officially signed and essentially a verbal agreement. So till then, I suspect we’re trying to operate like a team that is above the cap and not a team that has cap space. As of right now LA is capped out and above the cap with the capholds of BLo, IT and Frye. We agreed to a deal with KCP for 12m and we renounced Jules caphold. So our books without non-Laker free agent activity goes as such: Deng (18) KCP (12) Zo (7.5) BI (5.8) Kuz (1.7) Hart (1.7) Moe (1.7) Zu (1.5) = 50m (which leaves 52m in cap space if we renounced all our free agents…but we haven’t yet) BLo caphold (34) Frye caphold (14.1) IT caphold (11.9) = 60m in capholds so we have 110m in team salary at the moment and are capped out. Yet we are not a tax-payer (luxury tax threshold is @124m) so we get the non-taxpayers MLE of 8.8m to use. We’ll get to that in a minute. So lets say we renounce Frye’s caphold, then we dip down to 96m in team salary. So we have cap space to use and we add McGee (2.4) and Stevenson (4.4m) and that puts us at right about 102m again, which is the salary cap. So we’re capped out again. We now renounce BLo’s caphold and now all of a sudden we have Bron’s amount in cap space. So once we sign him, we’re back to being capped out again. Now consider that since we’re capped out, we are eligible to use the non-taxpayer MLE and that is what I assume we used on Rondo. That amount takes us back to 110m in team salary. So maybe there really wasn’t a market for Boogie cause we didn’t have the resources to provide him what he wanted. I mean, we could have renounced IT to get him his money, but we didn’t. So why would we do that? I suspect its to use the non-taxpayer MLE(8.8m) as opposed to the room exception (4.4m) to get more spending power. Also when you’re operating above the cap, you can use your player’s rights to make trades and movements that you would not be able to do if you were operating below the cap by renouncing their capholds. That being said, IT just started following the Orlando Magic and seeing how we renounced Jules, and only have McGee and Zu at center, looks like the Magic could afford to lend us one of the centers they have there so that it creates more of an opportunity for Bamba. IT @ his caphold amount of 12m (see KCP and Avery getting paid roughly the same amount, so that is his market value) and Deng (2 years 18m per) are 30m in outgoing salary and can bring back up to 37.5m in salary. Depending on what Orlando wants to do, they could send out bad their bad contracts, that SA might actually be interested in. How about Biyombo (2 year 17m per) and Fournier (3 years 17m per). That’s a lot of salary to dump, but they are taking on Deng and maybe we can also throw some draft capital in there. Now we can turn around and send Fournier, plus Hart and Kuz and future picks to bring in Kawhi. We end up with Biyombo, Bron and Kawhi, Rondo, Stevenson and McGee. Not such a bad haul, particularly defensively. And we get to retain Zo and BI.