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Breaking Down the Salary Implications of Waiving McHale

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by heypartner, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

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    If salaries of coaches were part of the CBA, BimaThug would have already started this thread.

    So, let me try.

    Here's what we know:

    McHale's Salary

    Morey and Les gave McHale a $12m fully-guaranteed, four-year extension worth $3m/year. As we know, those are pretty good numbers for a starting NBA Coach, but not what we would consider a shrewd Morey ball contract. It had little flexibility for a coach -- who "win now" and "for the win" Rockets fans like FTW Rockets FTW have been screaming to waive for 2 years now.

    Now that he's been waived, his contract will remain on the books, unless another team picks him up. At which point, the Rockets out-clause kicks in, and he comes off our books. But, why would McHale seek another HC job, when no one will come close to paying him $12m/yr after witnessing this McFailure of a year so far. He can just get a TV job, or even better become a Lurch butler for the Kardashians.

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    Remaining Team Salary

    Despite the common belief that Les is displaying heroic owner commitment to the greater good of the Rockets by foregoing $12m, Morey does not have to fill McHale's vacant roster spot, making waiving McHale's salary a zero sum gain.

    Here's the salaries:

    By signing JB Bickerstaff as a 32yr old straight out of his dad's garage apartment, Morey still has JB on a rookie-scale salary. Rumor has it that the pick was McHale's, but we know who runs the coaching staff around here. By promoting a now 36yr old Bickerstaff to starter, we have the cheapest starting coach in the league at $250k per year, giving us the cheapest active roster, as well, at a combined $1,600,000. Compare that to the NBA average of $3.06m which is not so surprising nearly identical to McHale's salary. For further reference, Doc Rivers is making a flopping $10,000,000/year.

    To round out the team, it's rare that assistant coaches make more than the starters, but that's what we have in TR Dunn ($535,000/yr) and Finch ($375,000). But around the league, their salaries are considered normal given their veteran experience.

    But, Do We need to Fill the Empty Roster Spot?

    Both TR Dunn (with 15yrs NBA experience) and Chris Finch (stolen from vaunted UK National Team) are well-seasoned veterans in their own right and fill important roles off the bench. Although many see Dunn (an 8yr backup for Rick Adelman) and Finch (groomed to replace Adelman) to be redundant offensive specialists, it was yet another brilliant Moreyball move to add flexibility in both salary cap space and bench options whether they fit together and add chemistry or not.

    So, who can we sign to fill the empty roster spot? There are plenty of minimum salary options. According to sauces that basketballholic says are known to exist, Calvin Murphy is willing to join the team for a mere $5,000/month wardrobe stipend. Not only would that be a steal for a HOFer Shooting Coach, which we so desperately need, but he can handle Heather Cock's request for halftime interviews when the rookie Coach just wants to escape into the tunnel during another 20-point blowout.

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    But will Morey make another surprise move as he is known to do? Morey is finally considering taking a page out of Popovich's book with a hire from the female ranks.

    According to plowman sauces, Morey is said to be quite enamored with Pops new girl, and will try to steal her away from the pockfaced old fart. Becky Hammond would be a welcome, dreamy addition for all us hopeless geeks in the GARM

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    But that said, once again it seems Le$ may force Morey's hand by telling him to sign someone from China to appeal to the Asian fans.

    Our guess is Zhao Shuang

    <img src="http://giaoduc.net.vn/Uploaded/nguyenlap/2012_10_17/ZhaoShuang-4.jpg">

    <img src="http://media.makeameme.org/created/s-h-u.jpg">

    Rep to anyone who can put Zhao Shuang in that photo.
     
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    Is anyone certain that all of mchale's contract was fully guaranteed? I thought maybe a partial buyout of the remaining years.
     
  3. Pizza_Da_Hut

    Pizza_Da_Hut I put on pants for this?

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    Ok...















    I laughed...






    Good one.
     
  4. Deckard

    Deckard Blade Runner
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    Freakin' hilarious, HeyPee!

    :-D-
     
  5. haoafu

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    Good job!
     
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    this is one of the best threads i've clicked on this year.
     
  7. malakas

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    lol nice thread.
    Only I have to say that since Mchale wasn't traded then even if he picks up a new HC or assistant C job he's still owed the full amount. Much like the Bulls will still have to pay Thibs all his money even if he gets a new HC job this season.

    Also there's absolutely no reason for a HC to take a buyout for less money unless he wants desperately to take another HC job and the team for some reason that is beyond comprehension refuses to make a trade to pick up an asset.
     
  8. Plowman

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    Awesome hp ! :grin:
     
  9. heypartner

    heypartner Contributing Member

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    Uh oh. Thread might turn serious.

    I actually wasn't joking about that. McHale's contract (like many other in both the NBA and NFL) have an offset clause, should he get another coaching job in the NBA -- meaning the firing team only pays the difference (if there is a difference). These offset clauses are pretty standard now.
     
  10. malakas

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    I know it was a funny kind of thread, and i really liked it.:)

    (but how sure are you about that? Because from what I know other teams pay coaches that already are in other coaching staffs right now. They get double salaries from two teams.).
     
  11. heypartner

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    How sure am I about offset clauses? I'm positive. How sure am I McHale has one? Speculation. But since this is an extension, and he isn't a top coach, I seriously doubt Morey/Les didn't include such a clause.

    If you are thinking about Mike Brown, his original contract with CLE was one of the reasons offset clauses have become routine throughout the NBA and NFL. Think about it. There is really no monetary harm for a coach to sign one. It still guarantees he'll get the fully-guaranteed salary, he just won't get double salary. The only reason you wouldn't sign one (especially in the first contract) is to make it very painful to be fired, as a further guarantee you will get to stay for your entire tenure, to build your system and have a full chance to succeed.
     
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  12. JustAGuy

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    I can't believe McHale had no value whatsoever. Couldn't we have traded him for a coach on a rookie contract? We might have had to toss in a couple million to make the deal happen, but it seems like that would have been better for us. I can see why we didn't stretch him--he's already 6'10"--but considering the guys already popping up to offer him jobs, I think Morey really missed out on the trading angle.
     
  13. malakas

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    Thanx for the info hp.
     
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    That was a masterpiece! Repped!
     
  15. YaoMing#1

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    Good coach just wrong for the rockets in win now mode. He did what he was brought to do bring credibility/likability to our team develop young guys and not tank even with mediocre talent.

    The team just out grew mchale and unfortunately for him it cost him his job. Although he has 12m reasons to be at least okay with the decision.

    Once we got Dwight we should have started looking for a new HC to elevate the team with the hightend expectations. We need our Phil Jackson/Steve Kerr type coach to take the individual talent into team success. The rockets have it all to be the best defensive team and a pretty darn good offensive one too. Just need to harness the teams best player and explain to him that if he's playing his game and engaged he's unstoppable.
     
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    I hope Bima was taking notes. Very informative OP with excellent facts. Hope Les doesn't follow the China route - will wait for bballholic to confirm
     
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    give me some more of that becky hammond - lawdy lawd!
     
  18. HayesIsBack

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    Pop's butler would be better than McHale.
     
  19. cheke64

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    Really liked it.

    My lord, are you planning on doing any podcast with Clutch or Morey?
     
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    Hahahahahah:)Hahahahahaha:):grin:
     
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