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May 4, 2015 Updates

The only questions are, how many and how important, and what might they bring back with the possibility of more than $20 million in space under the salary cap. This is what we know: Parker, Tiago Splitter, Boris Diaw, Patty Mills and Kyle Anderson are all on the books for a total of about $34.2 million for 2015-16. San Antonio Express-News

The Nets can go two different routes, depending on how their salary-cap situation plays out. If they move far enough below the projected “hard cap” of $85 million, they could potentially use the full $5.464 million mid-level exception, the $2.139 million bi-annual exception and be eligible to make sign-and-trades in which they receive a player signing a new contract. However, that would mean the Nets would not be allowed to go above $85 million in spending at any point during the 2015-16 season. New York Post

April 26, 2015 Updates

To say the Knicks fells short of expectations this season would be an understatement. With a payroll in the Top 4 in the NBA, New York finished with the second-worst record in the league, which makes the Knicks the team with the worst return results-wise for the money spent on player salaries this year. (We're not even factoring in coaches and executives salaries here, which would make New York look even worse considering the lofty contracts of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher). Each regular-season win cost the Knicks close to $4.8 million, which puts Jackson's club ahead of Minnesota and even the deep-pocketed, underperforming Lakers in this ranking. HoopsHype

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Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example, Ben Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Orlando Magic. But until we receive exact figures sometime next month, we are assigning Gordon an annual average salary. SheridanHoops

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In a paper set to be published in Economics Bulletin, University of Toledo economist Olugbenga Ajilore (a longtime Clippers fan) uses salary data and advanced basketball statistics to argue, convincingly, that white, American-born players aren't discriminated against when it comes to NBA pay. Yes. White, American-born players. Backstory: Economists like to study relatively small, contained things, like sports leagues, for clues about big, difficult-to-study things, like the total American economy. This is why there's a whole literature of research about NBA pay. Some of that research has suggested in the past that white American players earn less than African-American players, because team executives might think white players don't remind them of great players. Washington Post

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