Sure would be nice to have some nice chunk salaries right now that could be used to trade if they weren't just better themselves. Really was a travesty the Fournier TPE wasn't used and now we've let the Hernangomez go by the wayside as well. Just unacceptable roster moves and construction.
Yes, and what all the fans who are preaching "Player X wouldn't be playing much anyway" are overlooking is that lack of chunk salaries is going to hurt in the off-season, too. It's better for the team to have even a garbage player like Rudy Gay on the roster than an empty roster spot, because Rudy Gay's salary can be combined with others in the off-season to bring back a meaningful player. If we'd used the TPEs earlier in the season, we could be combining them together now.
Let's say Wyc had truly opened up the check book, like he's lied about several times. Then, we trade for Alec Burks, getting NY to pay us a draft pick in the process. We trade for Gay. We'd then have around $17 million just between those two players to match salary. Add in Gallinari and we'd be able to take on John Collins salary, without touching the current rotation.
But, without those chunk salaries, you can't really trade for improvements, now or in the future.