After a full year, Charlotte Bobcats’ general manager, Rich Cho has freed up enough cap room to position his team in a solid situation moving forward. Currently, the team has the seventh most salary cap space in the league at 56.8 million dollars, with only five players locked in to the 2013-12 season – at around 30 million.
The five players promised to be back with the organization after this season, barring a trade, are Tyrus Thomas (currently in a three year deal, no options), Ramon Sessions, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (in his rookie deal, team options being during the 2014-15 season), Brendan Haywood (another three year deal, no options), and Jeffery Taylor (rookie deal, one team option in 2014-15).
Following this upcoming season, five other players’ fates have yet to be determined due to options in their contracts – four team options, one player.
The four team options are split in half, with two eligible for restricted free agent status – as it is the final year of their rookie deal. The two upcoming restricted free agents are Gerald Henderson and BJ Mullens.
Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo also have team options, for the next two years, and then will become restricted free agents as well – in 2015-16.
The lone player option belongs to the team’s highest paid player, Ben Gordon. Gordon can opt-in following this season for 13 million dollars.
There are three players that will become unrestricted free agents after this season – DeSagana Diop, Matt Carroll, and Reggie Williams. Also, the team has DeJuan Summers and Josh Owens on their roster with no deal in place.
Only Haywood and Thomas are locks to remain with the team in 2014-15.
– Dave Hilts