@hoopsjock and @Hoopguru got me to thinking about this with what might happen to Jake this Summer. How Neil deals with cap space this summer will be very interesting. Does he re-sign Aminu? The Lux Tax line will be ~$132,000,000 for next year. The Blazers are currently at $127,625,654 and that is without re-signing Aminu, Hood or Curry. They will still have Nicholson, Varejao, and Ezeli on the books. Even if they don't re-sign Aminu, Hood or Curry, they will still have to fill at least some of those roster spots. Jake's QO is at $1.9M but he is likely to get higher offers than that which the Blazers will have to match. That will likely eat up all the room to the tax level and more right there. Expiring contracts: Turner - $18.6M Harkless - $11.5M Leonard - $11.3M That is ~$41,400,000 of expiring salary. Would Detroit like to have all of that ending salary for Blake Griffin? (~$34.5M next year) They could take that on and still be under the Lux tax line. But then Portland is committed to being at or over the tax line for years to come. Unfortunately, as we talked about in the last podcast, there are 62 expiring contracts for the upcoming season. There will be a lot of teams with expiring deals which negates how valuable the expiring deals the Blazers have are just from a supply/demand standpoint. This is a chance for Neil to make a big splash with someone like Griffin or the Blazers reset with a lot of money coming off their tax line that still won't leave them much under the Salary Cap. Things could get interesting.