This is just part of the summer doldrums imagination time. But, let's say we decided we want to keep the starters. And let's say Paul Allen was willing to spend a hefty chunk to build a team around the starters for a 3-4 year run. Instead of doing these incremental bench changes via the MLE and BE, we could just blow up the entire bench.
Basically, Neil trades away every possible bench player that somebody wants for draft picks(mostly 2nd rounders) and expiring contracts. The rest we buy out. Sure it would cost a healthy chunk, and we would not be getting much return from players that might be worth something, but for the price of Victor Claver's salary and perhaps another small chunk our entire bench is gone. This leaves us with ~19 million of cap space and 8-10 roster spots to fill. Or we keep Will, CJ and Thomas Robison) and now we have ~13 million of cap space and 5-7 roster spots open.
In my daydream we keep Will, CJ and Robinson. This means our primary needs would be veteran center, veteran point guard. Spencer Hawes for ~5.5 million as the bench center. Darren Collison for ~2 million as the bench point guard and Marvin Williams for ~5.5 million as a bench wing. We also have another $1 million left which we can use on Jermaine O'neal. We also have 3 open roster spots which we can fill with 2nd round picks or vet minimum players.
Starters the same
Backup PG Collison/CJ
Backup SG Barton/CJ
Backup SF Williams/Barton
Backup PF Robison/Williams
Backup C Hawes/O'neal
I think this is a solid bench
What would you do if you could fill your bench any way you wanted with approximately $19 million?