So the big question of the off-season is whether or not JB signs on to the super-max. If he does, as I understand it, the Cs can’t trade him for a year. If doesn’t he will almost certainly be traded.
For those wanting JB jettisoned that appears to be the only way it happens, and that’s not at all a position that anyone should want the Cs to be in (i.e being forced to trade a disgruntled star with one year left on his deal).
Assuming JB does opt-in to the super-max, and JT follows suit next offseason, the core of this team, built around the two Js is set through the two stars peak years. This is an enviable position for the Cs to be in, but it has its limitations, most notably the financial constraints that will come with spending 70% of the salary cap on two players.
One advantage of having both of their stars locked up is that the Cs should be able to select a new coach without having to be too concerned about how their stars might react ( as Mazzulla appears to be well liked). Nick Nurse with his creative defensive scheming and hard-nosed style would appear to be the number 1 target, but he will also get interviews with the 76ers, Bucks and Suns. Monty Williams is another strong candidate but with a very different style. Either way it would be shocking if the Cs don’t move in a new direction at head coach. Mazzulla appears to deserve most of the criticism he’s received and it will only get louder if he’s retained. And relationship with the media -already pretty tense - will only get worse as one pundit after another calls for his dismissal.