don't believe the hype. many have been lead to believe the contracts of both Asik and J-Lin are immoveable because of the BALLOON PAYMENTS on the back end of their contracts. some believe we will be forced to combine other good assets to move one of them...........not necessarily the case.
in order to understand how these contracts will actually benefit the Rockets, we must examine the benefit to another team. why would any team want a 8.3 mil cap hold while paying 15 mil? several reasons....
1. a teams wants to trade a multi-year player who makes 8-12 mil......if a player has 2 or more years left on his deal at 8 mil a year it means his contract is at least 16 mil total. his team could be looking to get from under the money burden early without it showing on the cap. while we view contracts from year to year....teams look more at overall value in addition to number of years.
2. a team over the tax threshold with a one year player or multi-year player making up to 12 mil can reduce it's tax liabilities by at least 4 mil not even counting the added pressure (savings) of the repeater tax
3. a team wants to acquire an impact player while keeping cap figures low for future moves. while it's debatable whether J-Lin is an impact player there is no doubt Asik is one. looking at the contract big men have been receiving lately Asik is not grossly overpaid. so his cap figure could be viewed as obtaining a more valuable asset without the stiff cap hit.
as you can see there would be many teams who fall into one of these categories. the Rockets have plenty of offers....of that I have no doubt, however they are not just interested in wholesaling these contracts. they want pieces they can use. these two contracts are flexible in the ways they can be used by the receiving team. we all know it takes two to tango and the rockets have two decent dance tickets. these contracts are not the anvils that have been portrayed by the media. I think there are a lot of teams who wouldn't even blink an eye about the 15 mil and consider it the cost of doing business within the scope of building their teams, in addition to those that the contracts would help