Now that the 2009-10 salary cap has been established we have a more definitive picture as to the financial footing of each team. The consensus view establishes 5 teams as contenders, Lakers, Spurs, Celtics, Caverliers and Magic. Let's look at each conference contender's financials as this could have a barring own future moves prior to the start of the season.
WESTERN CONFERENCE CONTENDERS
SPURS - 9 players - 71million (Includes their core and Richard Jefferson) Expected to spend MLE on front court help - 6million Draft pick and roster filler salaries - 3million 2009-10 Projected Team Salary - 80million 2010-11 Team Salary - 47million (not including Manu Ginobli) Forecast - Good
LAKERS - 13 players - 84million (Includes Gasol, Bynum, Kobe) Spent MLE on Artest Odom's asking price 10mil/several years No Draft picks 2009-10 Projected Team Salary - 94million 2010- 11 Team Salary - 75million (not including Odom or Fisher) Forest - Costly long term