For example, should the Miami Heat exercised their team option to keep Mario Chalmers? On the one hand, he would have cost $4 million — which is pretty cheap for a half-decent point guard (and I think calling Chalmers a half-decent point guard is pretty much accurate).
On the other hand, why not have a starting lineup of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Haslem, and a shooter? Wade can be your primary ball-handler/creator, and Norris Cole (or even LeBron James) can give Wade a breather from time to time. And if you want to go small, it can even be, Wade, LeBron, Bosh, and two shooters to spread the floor even more. (This extra spacing prevents the paint from being clogged, letting slashers like Wade and LeBron do what they do best.)
I think having Chalmers is a luxury, and while it might be a semi-cheap luxury at $4 million, when you’re $26 million over the salary cap, even cutting $4 million here and there can save a ton of money.
But Mario Chalmers is just one example of why the “let’s bring everybody back” strategy is flawed.
Just because it managed to work out the year before, doesn’t mean it will work out next year.