ADAM ARON ON THE LINE

Posted by: Steve Toll
03/04/13 8:20 pm EST

Earlier today 76ers CEO and Twitter aficionado Adam Aron was a guest of the Mike Missanelli show on 97.5 The Fanatic.  Aron was actually brave enough to allow Missanelli to take calls from actual listeners who were then allowed to ask Aron questions on the Sixers   

I was lucky enough to get a call in to the show and have a couple questions answered by Aron and Missanelli on the radio.

My questions were aimed at Kwame Brown and the overall cap room of the team.  

After the jump, is a transcript of my questions and Aron’s responses as well as significant analysis of the CEO’s answers.

Question 1:  Who signed off Kwame’s $3,000,000 Player Option for 2013-2014?

Adam Aron:  “Everybody signed off on Kwame Brown.  So you can hold anyone and everyone accountable because we only have 14 or 15 players on a NBA roster and I assure you that there are a lot of people in the room when a decision is being made and everybody’s got to sign off.”

Question 2:  You continuously talk about the maximum cap room the 76ers are poised to have this offseason.  $44.5 million is committed to the cap and the lottery pick projects to be at minimum 2.5 million.  That brings the cap number to 47 million with a projected 60 million dollar cap number this offseason.  Our team will only have 13 million for a free agent if the team doesn’t resign Andrew Bynum, why do you continue to tell fans of Philadelphia that the team has maximum cap room when that is not true?”

Mike Missanelli:  “I think he answered that earlier, when he said the team can release other players to get that cap number.”

Adam Aron:  “That was the answer to the cap space question”

What Adam Aron is referring to is the stretch provision, here is what that entails, ” If the player is waived from July 1 to August 31, then his remaining salary is paid over twice the number of years remaining on his contract, plus one. ”

Let’s assume that J-Rich, Hawes, Lavoy and Kwame are all stretched.

J-Rich will count 2.56 million against the cap for 5 years through 17-18

Hawes will count 2.16 million against the cap through 15-16

Lavoy will count 1 million against the cap through 15-16

Kwame will count 1 million against the cap through 15-16.

That leaves the 76ers Roster looking like this upcoming season:

6.72 million in Stretched Cap

9.23 million for Jrue Holiday

8.85 million for Thaddeus Young

6.68 million for Evan Turner

1.1 million for Arnett Moultrie

3 million for 2013 Lottery Pick

That leaves the 76ers with 35.58 million committed to the cap.  With a projected salary ceiling of 60 million, the team will have 24.42 million to tender free agents this off-season.

Point Guard –      Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner

Shooting Guard –  Evan Turner

Small Forward –  Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young

Power Forward –  Thad, Moultrie

Center –  NONE

Excluding the lottery pick who will in all likelihood produce very little as a rookie, the team needs players at every single position, with starters needed at Center and SG.

If the 76ers use max cap room, assuming $17,300,000 on a healthy(productive) Andrew Byum ,that leaves 7.12 million to fill up a starter spot at SG and backups at every position.  If we assume the team signs a bunch of 1 year deals to fill out the roster; we can expect players like Jordan Crawford, Joel Pryzbilla, Chris Wilcox, Raja Bell to be on the team next year.

The 14-15 team will have 6.72 million committed to the cap under the “Stretch Provision” and Jrue+Thad+BYNUM+Moultrie+13′ Lottery Pick + Stretch taking up $49,200,000 in cap space heading into the 2014-2015 season.

If Evan Turner is not given a qualifying offer, the team will have approximately $12,000,000 for free agents and a Mid Level Exception worth $5,000,000 to complete the team.  In all likelihood the 76ers will need a starting Shooting Guard and Small Forward and backups for at least 3 positions.

If Evan Turner is given a qualifying offer, it is worth $8,700,000.  ET could take the 1 year deal and be a Unrestricted free agent after the season’s end.  The team would only have 3.3 million plus the MLE for free agents.  If another team signs ET and his offer is not matched, the team doesn’t lose any cap space.  If ET resigns with the 76ers his cap number would be removed from the $12,000,000 figure.

So while Adam Aron is correct in the team having the ability to sign max players this off-season, he is being disingenuous when he insinuates that the team can be a contender after using the “Stretch Provision”.  Furthermore, without a pipeline of young, cheap and retainable draft picks, the 76ers are stuck in an NBA CBA No Man’s Land for many years to come.  A fringe playoff team is what will become of the 76ers under its current design for years to come unless there is a miracle.

(You can listen to Aron’s entire appearance on 97.5 by clicking here.)

 


 
 
 

28 Responses to “ADAM ARON ON THE LINE”

  1. Alex
    4. March 2013 at 21:10

    Oh Boy!!! Seems like major trouble ahead!!!!!

  2. Jon
    4. March 2013 at 23:18

    Steve, the position you project the team could be in using the stretch provision doesn’t sound all that bad. A core of ’13 lottery pick, Thad, moultrie, possible unknown max level player, and jrue is a very good start.

    Turner can be a very good player if he doesn’t have to be the go to guy, as a third or fourth option he’s solid. The same can be said for Thad. Assuming jrue can continue to improve next year, having him play with a high caliber big man could be lethal. With this core the sixers could be okay with signing as you point out one year contracts and role players such as raja bell, and Jordan Crawford. A superstar would not be needed for the empty wing spot. A specialist defender would be ideal.

    The other option could be waiting till the bigger offseason market in two years. If we sign an above average player this off season but still leave enough cap room to be players in the next offseason we could have a core of ’13 lotto, moultrie, jrue, Thad, turner, solid player, and depending on the teams performance ’14 draft pick, (or do we not have one? I’m not sure but I know you know.) and then max player from ’14 offseason.

  3. Steve Toll
    5. March 2013 at 00:41

    Jeff and I were emailing, he brought it to my attention that my questions were cut from the link above. I have audio evidence that I provided with this article, in case anyone is wondering why my part of the radio interview wasn’t part of the link.

    Another 76er Conspiracy, anyone have Dei Lynam’s contact info?

  4. MattSg
    5. March 2013 at 02:31

    Rod thorn saw this coming !!

  5. Jon in LA
    5. March 2013 at 09:52

    Steve,

    Please post the evidence of you being wrong. Readers at Philadunkia would love to hear it.

  6. Adam
    5. March 2013 at 11:38

    The real problem with having cap room is that the best players arent on the trade block and there are no worthwhile free agents

  7. Steve Toll
    5. March 2013 at 11:42

    Jon,

    Evan Turner totally sucks, 1st option or 6th option.

    The problem is MAXish player, Thad, Jrue, ET, MOULTRIE, 13′ Lottery Pick and 7-10 million in cap space isn’t close to a championship.

    The guys I mentioned (crawford, bell, wilcox) are all below replacement level at best, and super negative come playoff time, variance aside

    The 76ers keep their draft picks as long as they are in the lottery going forward.

    As for the 14-15 free agent class, OVERRATED is the word.

    The cap situation is not good, tanking is the only viable option unless the powers at be are ok with topping out at mediocre

  8. Steve Toll
    5. March 2013 at 11:44

    Jon in La,

    To what are you referring?

  9. Keith
    5. March 2013 at 15:28

    Any word on who from the Sixers was at SSAC? Steve, did you attend?

  10. Frank
    5. March 2013 at 15:32

    While this draft isn’t very good, it has a lot of nice guys. Hopefully one of them turns into something. Thats all we can hope for at this point.

  11. Jon
    5. March 2013 at 21:41

    Steve, the reason Evan turner “totally sucks” is because he presses and forces shots since he is a main scoring option off the team. If he can work within his limits he can be successful.

    Obviously it depends on who that player is but if we are able to sign someone like Jefferson, pekovic, or okafor this offseason it could set us up to get the final big piece next offseason. Or if some how we end up landing Dwight Howard this offseason then we don’t even have to worry about it.

    If we get two lottery picks in the next years it’s highly likely that one of them will at least be descent at basketball.

    I think what it comes down to is that you consider jrue to be at the best an average player while I consider him to be well above average. In my opinion jrue could become a superstar and that’s why the core I pointed out could develop into a championship contender.

  12. Jon in LA
    6. March 2013 at 00:11

    “why do you continue to tell fans of Philadelphia that the team has maximum cap room when that is not true?”

    “So while Adam Aron is correct in the team having the ability to sign max players this off-season…”

    Steve, that’s what I’m referring too. You admitted he was right and you were wrong.

    But good job on asking him about Kwame. Glad someone finally did it.

  13. Steve Toll
    6. March 2013 at 00:18

    Adam,

    The value of free agents is different for each team. For instance…….Except for Dwight Howard, any positive player would be a negative signing for the 76ers going forward even if inked to a quality deal because the only real option is TANKING next year

    Keith,

    The analytical guy they hired was there at SSAC, Aaron Barziiai. Just a guess but II think it is safe to assume, he will not be with the team once the season ends. He probably hates working for the 76ers (and rightly so), along with being paid a meager salary. Add it that there is LITERALLY NOTHING FOR HIM TO DO and that is a recipe for his exit.

    .

  14. Steve Toll
    6. March 2013 at 00:29

    Jon,

    The issue is the team doesn’t have the talent to compete and a guy like Jefferson, Pekovik isn’t going to put the team over the cap, while eating up cap space.

    I can’t say this enough but the 2014 free agent class is OVERRATED.

    Tanking is the only viable option at this point, other than a miracle

    JON IN LA,

    Because it is a lie, AS OF RIGHT NOW, the team can’t truly sign a max free agent not named Andrew abynum. IF THE TEAM USES THE “STRETCH” then they team could sign a free agent for max dollars. Then you realize that there are only 2 max free agents this offseason, D12 and CP3.

    So it is a lie no matter how you look at it and you are once again wrong.

    Do I need to explain how stupid it has been for the 76ers to insinuate ALL YEARZ they have “max cap room, if Bynum isn’t resigned” when that specifically means they plan to stretch some players this offseasom and thus completely diminish anyone’s trade value at the recent trade deadline??

    Come at the King, you best not miss

  15. Keith
    6. March 2013 at 11:29

    Thanks for the answer. I figured it was him that would attend. Thanks too for the extra information on him.

  16. Jon
    6. March 2013 at 11:48

    Steve, can you just explain what you mean in your first paragraph I didn’t really get that.

    And I agree with you on tanking, it would be
    Much better for us to finish last in the easy than manage to get the 8 seed.

    As for the 2014 free agent class, the entire class as a whole doesn’t have to be as great as its
    Made out to be, but there is at least one max level player the sixers could pursue.

  17. Steve Toll
    6. March 2013 at 14:18

    Keith,

    Happy to do it. By all accounts he is a smart guy but has been misused here and in Memphis

    Jon,

    A player like Pekovik or Jefferson isnt going to put the team over the TOP or even make the team a competitor but signing them will eat up a bunch of cap space for years to come as they will command 3+yr guaranteed deals on the open market

    Sorry about that, didnt realize I wrote ‘cap’ when I meant’top’

  18. PhillyBorn
    6. March 2013 at 15:39

    So you were the troll that called in trying to make a point about not having enough cap space. Steve TROLL!

  19. Jon in LA
    6. March 2013 at 16:22

    “IF THE TEAM USES THE “STRETCH” then they team could sign a free agent for max dollars.”

    These are YOUR words. You admit that they can sign a max player with the stretch, yet then you say they can’t. You are contradicting yourself. I don’t understand how you can’t see this. It is a FACT, that if they wanted to, they could sign a max player if they don’t sign Bynum. (Now saying whether they should because there aren’t any good max players this off season is another thing.)

    So stop living on your F’n knees.

  20. Jon
    6. March 2013 at 16:23

    Steve, thank you that’s what was confusing me. But, I know one of those single players won’t, that’s why I was saying to sign someone like that this year, then since they won’t put us over the top and we could could still be a relatively weak team we would get another lottery pick. Then we sign a more ideal max player the next offseason, or hope jrue has developed into a superstar and sign another player in the pekovic Jefferson type range. Which would give us two lottery picks, moultrie, Thad, jrue, et, two good free agents, and then fillers.

  21. freezer
    6. March 2013 at 16:40

    lol classic troll move, I’m becoming something of a steve toll fan these days.
    Its histerical you got on the radio and blasted the sixers on strictly hypothetical scenerios and kwame brown.

    appreciate the explanation of the stretch provision though I’m 100% for getting rid of those guys at 7 million a year, its honestly one of the better ideas ive heard in awhile. We just won’t resign swag. Were gonna be rebuilding anyway, I’m convinced bynum never plays in philly even if he signs a 3 year deal in the offseason.

  22. Steve Toll
    6. March 2013 at 20:03

    PhillyBorn,
    I was right though.

    Jon In LA,
    You are either stupid or arguing about something you are wrong about just to do it.
    Ether way, you are terrible.

    Jon,
    The 76ers can build a very good team with the cap room that you are talking about, it’s about signing the right guys which I don’t believe the team will do. Regardless, It will be an interesting next couple of years, I just hope the guys in charge are smart enough to tank next year which will be the proper start, along with drafting a stud in the lottery

    Freezer,

    The powers at be CUT ME FROM THE ONLINE link above, now that is hilarious.

    At this point, using the stretch is good for tanking. Though I’m not sure if the guys in charge have the balls to “stretch” a couple guys and then sign a bunch of super crappy free agents on purpose

  23. Jon
    6. March 2013 at 20:14

    Jon in LA, I think what Steve is trying to say is that they could have the assests to sign a max guy this offseason, however talent wise the only true max players this offseason are Bynum, CP3, and D12. And the chances of signing either CP3 or D12 are at best slim to none.

  24. Jon in LA
    7. March 2013 at 01:58

    Steve,

    I enjoy your writing but now I’m starting to just feel sorry for you man. You get so defensive when people prove you wrong.

    You told Adam Aron that he’s lying when he says that they can sign a max player and then admitted that in fact they could with the stretch provision. You yourself admitted that he’s correct. And I never said that it’s likely or even a smart thing to do this off season. You just can’t get over the fact that you are wrong about calling him a liar.

    You might need actual help man. You’re a really smart guy but you’ve got some issues.

  25. Steve Toll
    7. March 2013 at 10:25

    Jon,

    Thanks for trying to clarify that with Jon in LA.

    It is an absurd premise that the 76ers are/have been implying that they will have MAX CAP ROOM when that means with near 100% certainly they will be using the “stretch”

    Truth be told, I wouldn’t even sign CP3 to a max deal if he said, “I’ll sign with the 76ers”

  26. freezer
    7. March 2013 at 11:02

    no free publicity for you! Thats pretty funny, I think you could sum up this entire season in three words: Public relations campiagn. I used to like Aaron, the way he craves the spotlight somewhat reminded me of Croce, but the teams too concerned with shaping public opinion with manufactured stories when they should really being trying to rebuild trust with the fanbase through transparency.

  27. Steve Toll
    7. March 2013 at 17:50

    Jon in LA,

    If the offseason started tomorrow would the 76ers have MAX CAP ROOM?

    Yes or No

    If the offseason started tomorrow could the 76ers have MAX CAP ROOM if the team used the “stretch provision”?

    Yes or No

    Have the 76ers continued to insinuate all season the team has MAX CAP ROOM with ZERO NEGATIVE IMPLICATIONS from gaining that ‘MCR’?

    Yes or No

    Are there more than 2 max free agents this offseason?

    Yes or No

  28. Steve Toll
    7. March 2013 at 17:51

    Freezer,

    A better use of the 3 words is, “Shoulda hired me”

    The team would be HAM right meow

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