McCosky on the salary structure

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News provides some more insight on Ben Gordon’s and Charlie Villanueva’s contracts:

I have seen Ben Gordon”s contract offer from the Pistons reported as high as $60 million. Unless there are some incentive clauses I don”t know about, the total value of the deal should fall just short of $55 million. He will start at $9 million next season.

Charlie Villanueva”s deal will start at $6 million and is for $35 million over five years, not $40 million.

The largest raise Ben Gordon can receive is eight percent of his first-year salary ($720,000 per year), according to Larry Coon. So, if McCosky’s numbers are correct, Gordon’s contract can be for a maximum of $52.2 million.

McCosky’s figures make sense with Villanueva receiving $500,00 annual raises.

So here’s what the Pistons’ salary structure would look like:

Player2009/102010/112011/122012/132013/14
Richard Hamilton$11,625,000 $12,650,000 $12,650,000 $12,650,000 $0
Tayshaun Prince$10,324,380 $11,148,760 $0 $0 $0
Ben Gordon$9,000,000 $9,720,000 $10,440,000 $11,160,000 $11,880,000
Charlie Villanueva$6,000,000 $6,500,000 $7,000,000 $7,500,000 $8,000,000
Jason Maxiell$5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $5,000,000 $0
Kwame Brown$4,100,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Rodney Stuckey$1,805,040 $2,767,126 $3,868,442 $0 $0
Fabricio Oberto$1,800,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
Austin Daye$1,398,200 $1,503,100 $1,875,500 $2,875,142 $4,019,448
Arron Afflalo$1,086,240 $1,959,577 $2,906,053 $0 $0
Will Bynum$825,497 $0 $0 $0 $0
Walter Sharpe$736,420 $0 $0 $0 $0
TOTALS:$53,700,777 $51,248,563 $43,739,995 $39,185,142 $23,899,448

Team Option, Qualify Offer, Player Option

That’s $2.5 million more in cap room right now than I previously projected. Odds are Antonio McDyess will get larger offers, but Detroit has enough cap room to make a reasonable offer.

The salary cap was set at $58.68 million last year, according to Larry Coon. If the cap returns to the 2008-09 number for the 2010-11 season, the Pistons would have more than $7 million in cap room.

If they trade Richard Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince, that jumps to the $18-20 million range (minus any contracts they acquire). That’s enough to land a top-level free agent.

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