With a lofty payroll, often times roster crunches come down to player salaries and for impending free agents Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes, their returns to the Los Angeles Clippers will have everything to do with dollars.
While both Odom and the Clippers have mutual interest in a return, it’s expected the Clippers will ask Odom to take the veterans minimum for a player with over 10 years of experience:
The Clippers also want to re-sign Lamar Odom. But Odom will have to take less than the $8 million he made last season — probably the veteran’s minimum of $1.399 million for a player with 10-plus years of experience.
In addition to Odom, the Clippers are also hoping to bring back forward Matt Barnes but may struggle to keep him as rival teams will be able to afford to offer him more money, including the Los Angeles Lakers:
The Clippers would like to bring back free-agent small forward Matt Barnes, who has drawn interest from the Lakers, according to some executives.
It’s unknown where the Clippers team payroll will fall right now though it’s expected to be on the border of the tax threshold, which could alter their mid-level exception amount from the non-tax payer $5.15 million to a tax-payer amount of $3.1 million.