1. Some PG salaries for 2011-2012:
Deron Williams $16,359,805; Chris Paul $16,359,805; Baron Davis $13,950,000; Mo Williams $8,500,000; Steve Nash $11,689,062; Kyrie Irving if #1 pick: approx. $5,580,030; John Wall $5,580,030; Rajon Rondo $10,000,000; Derrick Rose $6,993,707; Jason Kidd $8,500,000; Steph Curry $3,117,120; Andre Miller $7,807,728; Kyle Lowry $5,750,000; Russell Westbrook $5,082,415; Chauncey Billups $14,200,000; Devin Harris $9,319,000; Raymond Felton $7,500,000; Darren Collison $1,455,960; Mike Conley $6,500,000.
3. Non-PG player one could employ in 2012 for less than Barons salary (non-rookie contract): Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Al Horford, Josh Smith, Danny Granger, Ray Allen, Caron Butler, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bogut, David West, Gerald Wallace, LaMarcus Aldridge, Manu Ginobili, Paul Milsap, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah, Jason Terry, Nene, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola. Probably Marc Gasol (restricted free agent, last year paid $7,500,000).<!--EndFragment-->
My take (which means nothing other than it can be discussed here): MoWill=good production for his non-rookie contract salary. Frees up more $ to shore up other positions & keep/add stars (Blake, Gordon, future free agent 1 & 2) ala Fakers with having semi-productive/capable, low salary D.Fish all these years allowing them to pay Kobe, Pau, Bynum, Odom.
Baron's contract=OMG, WTF. Glad we don't have his AND Kyrie Irving's contract for next several years. People who frown on the 2011 #1 pick trade: so you now want to be paying $19,530,030 for our PG position? Actually 21+ million with a newly alienated Eric Bledsoe. Think Kyrie will be that good? As many have pointed out, the ping pong balls would have bounced differently had we kept the pick for a myriad of reasons anyways-mainly science.People who think the Clips won't add a good SF and another star (hopefully superstar) who want to join Blake and EJ in LA are living in 1999 like the stupid "it's the Clippers" TV commentators. It's ignorant to the think that the Donald would rather "save money" than to maximize profits from Blake, have a popular winning team here, be jocked by the city of LA, and from that make crazy $$ on a HUGE new TV contract.
Salaries from hoopshype.com