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Jrue Holiday : Salary Cap Implications

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A quick and dirty look at the numbers

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what we know so far. The salary cap next year is expected to be $58.5 Million.

The Pelicans do not have to sign whoever they draft with the 42nd selection. They do not even have to use it at all. They could trade it for a player (unlikely), package with a current player, or outright sell the pick to another team. The rough number is $6 Million in cap space if the 42nd pick is not on the roster. Options are a significant factor for Robin Lopez, Jason Smith and all four players earning less than $1M next season.

Age 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
Eric Gordon 25 $14,283,844 $14,898,958 $15,514,031
Jrue Holiday 23 $9,213,484 $9,904,495 $10,595,507
Ryan Anderson 25 $8,308,500 $8,491,500 $8,500,000
Anthony Davis 20 $5,375,760 $5,607,240 $7,070,730
Robin Lopez 25 $5,119,761 $5,340,229
Jason Smith 27 $2,500,000
Austin Rivers 21 $2,339,040 $2,439,840 $3,110,796
Greivis Vasquez 26 $2,150,188
Lance Thomas 25 $884,293
Terrel Harris 26 $884,293
Brian Roberts 28 $788,872
Darius Miller 23 $788,872
Pierre Jackson 22 $490,180
Total 24.3 $53,127,087 $46,682,262 $44,791,064

To review, the Pelicans are looking at around $6 Million in cap space right now. That number is not set in stone whatsoever. Any player costing less than $10M can be had with relative ease. Dell Demps can either sign and trade (allowing the other team to shed salary) or simply waive Robin Lopez at a cost of $500,000.