1. Will Barton may not be part of the rotation of 8 or 9 players this year, but he'll get some time. Most importantly, he'll get used to the number of games, good coaching at the NBA level, travel on the road, learn the playbook and work on skills/abilities ... and get stronger/thicker. He has the opportunity to use this year well. He looks like a player. Matthews, Williams and Barton will be an interesting competition. Can Williams or Barton become a backup PG/SG?
2. A significant trade could be made this year after December 15 ... the contracts of Matthews and Hickson together top $10 mil. Next summer, depending on trades and 1 year contracts? Anything from a value player up to a max contract could be cleared if one year contracts, rookie options, and Matthews' contract are cleared through trade, waive, etc. That's a ballpark estimate. [This is assuming the following players are kept: Leonard, Aldridge, Freeland, Batum, Claver, EWilliams, Barton, Lillard, and Price. Keep Matthews and around $10 million could be available. D69 has crunched numbers and will do so again.]
3. Specific players to go after next summer? UFA's are, to say the least, preferred. Excluding the Big Fish like Dwight Howard and Chris Paul ... more reasonable include but are not limited to ...
UFA targets: Bigs -- Josh Smith, Paul Millsap / Guards -- Tony Allen, JJ Redick
RFA targets: It's dicier, but OKC has to deal with extensions on both Harden and Ibaka ... I'd go after Ibaka.