Norms contract is an issue presuming he doesn't start playing up to its value which he isn't. Getting rid of his contract won't be easy though. Since our 2nd round picks are fairly late we'll likely have to offer a 1st round pick, possibly top 20 protected. I did a quick search of teams and players to see who we might be able to trade Norm to. This isn't an all - inclusive list. I based it on a few presumptions.
1) That we have to have the trade done by Feb 2021 at the latest. This basically optimizes our ability to make offers day 1 of 2021 free agency. So for example if we'd signed Fred above $20M or for whatever other reason we needed that extra cap to make a max free agent offer.
2) I focused on teams that are above 2021 cap or closer to it to since most of the other teams likely want to keep their cap space available to sign free agents. For this purpose I eliminated teams with salaries currently below $75M in 2021. That's just a figure I pulled out of my head, figuring the teams above $75M are more likely to be over cap by that time. A lot can change by then as more contracts are signed with teams but I had to start somewhere.
3) For salary matching purposes I included only players earning roughly between $8M to $14M range that expire in summer of 2020 or 2021 since its most likely a 1 for 1, 2 for 1 or 1 for 2 trade including at least 1 player of similar contract value. Norm could theoretically be traded with Ibaka or Gasol or someone of much higher contract value, but as I said previously I had to start somewhere.
4) I eliminated any players currently in a teams starting lineup since teams aren't likely giving them up for this type of deal.
This isn't about getting a useful return for Norm, its about getting rid of his contract prior to 2021 to maximize cap space and this isn't hating Norm, although I've never liked his contract. If he begins playing well then great.
The players meeting this criteria and expiring in 2020 are Mavs: Courtney Lee, Wizards: CJ Miles, Nuggets: Mason Plumlee, Clippers: Moe Harkless
The players meeting this criteria and expiring in 2021 are Pacers: Doug McDermott, Nuggets: Jerami Grant, Rockets: Nene
So 7 players, 4 of which where the trade has to be done this year. Not all those will even be available. Out of those 6 teams only the Rockets are actually over the cap for 2021 at this time, so all the other teams could go the route of trying to maximize their cap and therefor wouldn't want norms contract. Leaving us with 1 option... Nene
And yes... I was bored...