Not that much more creative than now. Cap holds for 5 (4.6mil) and 10 (3.1mil) are not that much more than the #1 was, so they're in basically the same spot as before. Renouncing Olynyk, Young, and Zeller, adding Yabu (2.2) and Zizic (1.6), with those 2 cap holds puts them at 25.5m under cap. Moving AB or Crowder does it.
To continue this since I've got all the salaries loaded... I'm trying to figure out how plausible adding Butler + Hayward really is, given the CBS speculation etc. It seems like there's a logistical cap issue. I.e.,
(1) you can't trade for butler pre-FA, because there's probably no way to get under the cap enough for a max deal to Hayward once you've added Butler's 18m.
(2) if you sign Hayward first, that assumes you've renounced Olynyk, Zeller, Young, which gets you to 27m free. Let's assume you can do something to free up that last 2-3m without moving AB/Crowder. Now you've signed Hayward and are right at the cap. To deal for Butler, you're going to have to make salaries match since he'll put them over. Since you've already renounced Zeller & Olynyk to make room for Hayward, it become a little tricky to match. You basically HAVE to include AB + Crowder just to make the salaries match (it passes the NBA trade machine, so I'm assuming that's enough). Since this has to happen after FA, I don't think Jerebko's salary can help, but I could be wrong).
So, i believe this can work by:
- renouncing Zeller, Olynyk, Young, and something (Mickey & D. Jackson? stashing Yabu again?) to make space to sign Hayward
- dealing for Butler and including AB + Crowder
Obviously you need actual value to CHI too, so maybe that LAL/SAC pick plus the BOS 2018 pick or something other future asset. I'm not sure how much more, but it will be in the future, so doesn't really affect the calculations here. The result would be a team just modestly over cap (~104m) with:
Does this seem right, at least as how it would have to happen if this is the plan?