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Oct 17, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Charlotte Bobcats forward Bismack Biyombo (0) shoots a foul shot during the pre season game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Time Warner Cable Arena. Bobcats win 110-84. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Bobcats Future Salary Commitments

The Charlotte Bobcats exercised the 2014-15 team options of Bismack Biyombo, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker Thursday.

Despite his shooting struggles, Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to be a big part of the Bobcats future. His defensive versatility and rebounding is appealing and he is the starting forward in the long run.

Kidd-Gilchrist won’t come cheap; he’ll make a little more than $5 million next season.

Walker is the closest resemblance of a franchise player the Bobcats have. He will make roughly $3.2 million in the final year of his contract next season, a relative bargain for his production and durability.

It’s probable the Bobcats will discuss a contract extension with Walker in the offseason. Walker isn’t elite, but even above-average point guards are still a league commodity.

Walker could command a four year contract in excess of $40 million; a deal similar to New Orleans Pelicans’ guards Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

Biyombo’s option was likely the most challenging of the trio. Biyombo lost his starting job following the signing of Al Jefferson in the offseason.  While he’s only 21 years old, the Bobcats will pay a hefty $3.8 million for Biyombo as a backup center in the final year of his contract.

Unless Biyombo has more of 20 rebound games as he did in preseason, it would be surprising if the Bobcats discuss an extension with him in the offseason. The Bobcats know Biyombo is a project, but there comes a point where a project is no longer financially convenient to the team’s time.

The Bobcats project to have a payroll north of $43 million next offseason. Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions will bring more than $18 million off the books.

Josh McRoberts could become a free agent if he opts out of $2.7 million in the last year of his contract.

Depending on McRoberts decision, the Bobcats project to have upwards of $19 million in cap room with an estimated salary cap of $62.5 million.

The figure could also vary after draft picks are determined next summer. The Bobcats own first round picks from the Portland Trail Blazers and Detroit Pistons, but also owe a first round pick to the Chicago Bulls.

 

 

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