What Antonio McDyess’ retirement means for San Antonio
I’ll keep this short. Jeff McDonald is reporting that Antonio McDyess is officially calling it a day.
The Spurs save 2.6 million on the non-guaranteed portion of McDyess’ contract. Unfortunately, other than the inherent benefit of saving 2.6 million, this doesn’t help the Spurs’ cap situation. The Spurs are still tax payers. Their payroll is approximately 73 million, assuming San Antonio keeps Steve Novak.
There are three takeaways from this news.
First, the Spurs just lost their most attractive trade piece. McDyess’ contract, only 50% guaranteed and expiring, could have delivered cap relief to another team in a trade package. Obviously, the Spurs are still capable of trading anyone on their roster, it’s just that McDyess was an attractive, expendable piece.
Second, the Spurs currently feature a 4-man deep front court rotation of Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, DeJuan Blair, and Tiago Splitter one week prior to the start of the season—a thin rotation during a typical NBA season and even more worrisome during this lockout-shortened campaign. (I’m not counting Steve Novak as a big.)
Third, apart from a trade scenario, the Spurs will have to improve their roster through minimum contracts and the tax payer’s MLE, a three million dollar exception.
Thanks to @filipefurtado for adjusting the Spurs’ cap numbers for me.