Guesstimation: Warriors Salary Situation + Pargo etc.

Update 7/29: I added Pargo's cap value and actual contract (FTW?), changed Lee's contract a little by implementing a 10.5% annual salary increase, and made Tolliver's contract a 2 year minimum, while cutting Devean George who is a class act and a consummate professional.

Preface: Jannero Pargo earns $1,146,337, and $1,265,976 during his 2 yr contract, but according to the current CBA only the value of a 2yr minimum salaried player is counted against the cap and payed for by the team. The rest of the player's salary is subsidized by the league, so I have the applicable amount in the spreadsheet below. David Lee and Dorell Wright's contract values are based on their contracts equaling 80 and 11 million respectively (the media is reporting numbers just under those, but I'm staying simple) and assuming the maximum salary increase of 8% per season for players signed to new teams, and 10.5% with the same team whether they are traded or not (again simple speculation, if it's less than 8% or 10.5% then the cap number will increase a little bit for the first few years, compared to what I posted, which is not ideal if you're thinking about next year's cap space). I assumed that the Warriors will sign Tolliver to a two year contract based on recent news reports. I would assume that all this talk about the Warriors increasing their offer to Tolliver had to do with a second year and/or more guaranteed money and not offering more than the minimum contract values for a player with a single year of experience. Also, the non-speculated info is taken from's team salaries. 

Player 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16
David Lee $10,238,550 $11,313,598 $12,501,526 $13,814,186 $15,264,675 $16,867,466
Monta Ellis $11,000,000 $11,000,000 $11,000,000 $11,000,000  
Andris Biedrins $9,000,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000

Ekpe Udoh $3,065,040 $3,294,960 $3,524,880 $4,469,548 Q-$5,962,377  
Stephen Curry $2,913,840 $3,117,120 $3,958,742 Q-$5,308,674    
Dorell Wright $3,388,368 $3,659,437 $3,952,192

Charlie Bell $3,851,440 $4,099,920

Jannero Pargo $854,389 $884,293

Jeremy Lin $473,604 $788,872

Brandan Wright $3,398,072 Q-$4,580,601

Dan Gadzuric $7,248,325

Vladimir Radmanovic $6,883,800

Reggie Williams $762,195

Anthony Tolliver $762,195 $884,293 (speculation)

Center Please

TOTAL $63,839,818 $48,042,493 $43,937,340 $38,283,734 $15,264,675 $16,867,466

Salary Cap $58,044,000

Luxury Tax $70,307,000

MLE $5,854,000 After Dorell = $2,465,632

Bi-Annual Exception $2,080,000

Note: You cannot combine exceptions and the 48 million dollar cap number is dependent on the Warriors renouncing the exception/restricted rights to all expiring contracts (including B.Wright)

Personal Thoughts: Although Tolliver and Pargo aren't the best available players, they do preserve next year's flexible salary cap situation as well as being competent players who, in Tolliver's case, are familiar with the team. Also, there is still a little room to sign one more player with some of the exception money or simply another minimum contract. If Morrow and CJ had been resigned then next years cap number would increase by about 7 million. So whether you like it or not that was probably the primary rationale for letting them go in sign and trades.

I will re-post when official numbers are available. Until then, consider this a rough estimate.

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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