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During the lottery tonight I'll be here updating as the pieces fall in place. When the order is decided, I'll have some quick, Sixers-centric analysis. If you're watching at home, join me in the comments. In the mean time, who do you want to see win the top picks?

OK, so this is what I had in mind. As the teams are slotted into place, I'm going to post some info about each one's cap situation, and run some quick figures incorporating the cost of the pick. We'll look at who will be pushed over the luxury tax, how the slot could affect their ability to re-sign their own players and also what type of savings they'd get if they swapped first-round picks with the Sixers. The economy influences everything these days, folks, so don't discount the financial ramifications. Just as a quick example, if Milwaukee was to move up to the #3 pick, the actual cost of keeping the pick would be $6.6M this season because they're over the luxury tax threshold. The pick could wind up costing them much more if the contract actually put them over the threshold (if they renounce Villaneuva and Sessions) Is Thabeet worth that much scratch?

Last year's cap: $58.68M
Last year's luxury tax: $71.150M

Both are expected to either hold or drop a little bit for this upcoming season.


And another commercial break, should be under way in a few minutes...

Seems like they're using the draft to drum up interest in the Lakers/Nuggets game 1.

One last commercial...they promise.

14. Phoenix
13. Indiana
12. Charlotte
11. New Jersey
10. Milwaukee
9. Toronto
8. New York
7. Golden State
6. Minnesota
5. Wizards
4. Sacramento

The Clippers, Griz and Thunder all moved up into the top three. We'll know the rest after the commercial.

3. Oklahoma City
2. Memphis
1. LA Clippers

That's awesome. Donald Sterling is rewarded for being the worst owner in the history of sports. And I even think they might not pick Griffin.


Pick Number 1 ($4,152,900)
LA Clippers
  • Cap Number: $60,742,614
  • Cap With Pick: $64,895,514
  • Free Agents: Fred Jones (UR), Steve Novak (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $2,891,000


Pick Number 2 ($3,715,700)
Memphis
  • Cap Number: $39,832,770
  • Cap With Pick: $43,548,470
  • Free Agents: Chris Mihm (UR), Hakim Warrick (R)
  • Potential Savings: $2,453,800


Pick Number 3 ($3,336,800)
OKC Thunder
  • Cap Number: $44,416,159
  • Cap With Pick: $47,752,959
  • Free Agents: Malik Rose (UR), Desmond Mason (UR), Robert Swift (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $2,074,900


Pick Number 4 ($3,008,400)
Sacramento
  • Cap Number: $53,589,660
  • Cap With Pick:
  • Free Agents: Bobby Jackson (UR), Ike Diogu (R), Rashad McCants (R)
  • Potential Savings: $1,746,500


Pick Number 5 ($2,724,300)
Washington
  • Cap Number: $76,157,670
  • Cap With Pick: $78,881,970
  • Free Agents: Juan Dixon (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $2,924,800


Pick Number 6 ($2,474,400)
Minnesota
  • Cap Number: $52,952,978
  • Cap With Pick: $55,427,378
  • Free Agents: Jason Collins (UR), Shelden Williams (UR), Rodney Carney (UR), Kevin Ollie (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $1,212,500


Pick Number 7 ($2,258,800)
Golden State
  • Cap Number: $60,740,991
  • Cap With Pick: $62,999,791
  • Free Agents: CJ Watson (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $996,900


Pick Number 8 ($2,069,400)
New York
  • Cap Number: $76,410,183
  • Cap With Pick: $78,479,583
  • Free Agents: Chris Wilcox (UR), David Lee (R), Nate Robinson (R)
  • Potential Savings: $1,615,000


Pick Number 9 ($1,902,200)
Toronto
  • Cap Number: $51,731,066
  • Cap With Pick: $53,633,266
  • Free Agents: Shawn Marion (UR), Anthony Parker (UR), Joey Graham (R), Pops Mensa-Bonsu (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $640,300


Pick Number 10 ($1,807,100)
Milwaukee
  • Cap Number: $71,035,835
  • Cap With Pick: $72,842,935
  • Free Agents: Damon Jones (UR), Charlie Villaneuva (R), Ramon Sessions (R), Keith Bogans (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $545,200


Pick Number 11 ($1,716,700)
New Jersey
  • Cap Number: $59,932,625
  • Cap With Pick: $61,649,325
  • Free Agents: Maurice Auger (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $454,800


Pick Number 12 ($1,630,900)
Charlotte
  • Cap Number: $66,877,077
  • Cap With Pick: $68,507,977
  • Free Agents: Raymond Felton (R), Sean May (R)
  • Potential Savings: $369,000


Pick Number 13 ($1,549,300)
Indiana
  • Cap Number: $68,357,863
  • Cap With Pick: $69,907,163
  • Free Agents: Radoslav Nesterovic (UR), Marquis Daniels (Team Option/UR), Jarrett Jack (R)
  • Potential Savings: $287,400


Pick Number 14 ($1,471,900)
Phoenix
  • Cap Number: $77,252,726
  • Cap With Pick: $78,724,626
  • Free Agents: Grant Hill (UR), Matt Barnes (UR), Stromile Swift (UR)
  • Potential Savings: $420,000


So Washington immediately jumps out at me. They're paying the luxury tax, if they keep the pick, they're probably not looking at a player who's going to solve any of their problems. If I was Ed Stefanski, I'd be on the phone with them right now trying to work something out. Possibly a deal for the pick without giving up #17.
by Brian on May 19 2009
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