Anything that lowers the price for Davis is good news. Let's hope a rebuilding team wins the lottery and wants Zion.
I think a team wpuld be foolish to trade zion. He would be on a rookie contract and controllable for years.
Now the price for Davis, imo, is Tatum, the memphis pick, the Clippers pick, Boston pick 2020 and filler
Let Cs still draft this season. Would hate to miss out on some cheap depth with loads of potential.
Little at the sac pick
Fernando or reid at the boston pick
For “filler” we are going to need a good chunk of more salary. A S&T of Rozier would certainly help and what I’m hoping for, and I hope they sign someone soon to a 2 MLE deal.
The problem with using an S&T for the 'filler' is that only half the salary in an S&T counts for matching in trade.
For Davis, we have to send out at least 22M in outgoing salary (his salary next year is just over $27M).
Tatum will make 7.8M. If we exercise the draft picks, sign them and trade them in the package after 30 days, then their salaries can count as well. The three picks mentioned right now would have a combined rookie scale total of about 7.5M. That leaves a little over 6.7M in salary to be made up.
That means signing & trading Rozier on a deal paying him at least 13.4M in his first year. Plus it has to be fully guaranteed in that first year.
Now, I'm sure that Rozier would like that salary. But would NOP want to pay that? That would mean paying him that much on top of also paying Jrue Holiday another $27M next year at the same position. That's an awful lot of salary tied up in the PG spot.
Edit: Actually, for the MEM pick to convey, it has to drop a bit from where it is at in order for it to convey and thus the amount of rookie salary the three picks would total to would be less than I indicated above. That probably pushes the needed deal for Rozier up closer to $15M. You could trim that back by including another player like Semi, Yabu or RW but now you are talking about a lot of bodies going to NOP and they needing a lot of empty roster spots to take them.
S&T transactions are harder and harder to make work given the rule changes of the last couple of CBAs.