HoopsHype Salary Cap rumors

August 27, 2014 Updates

When asked if there is concern to reach the NBA salary floor, Hinkie said: "At this point, that is not something that is a concern for us." The salary cap will be a little over $63 million this season. The minimum team salary, which is 90 percent of the cap, is just under $57 million. The Sixers are currently around $24 million, but that doesn't include any of the rookie salaries. Philadelphia Inquirer

August 26, 2014 Updates

Salary cap expert Larry Coon, whose Q&A website offers a thorough explanation for the complicated collective bargaining agreement, says that if the Sixers can’t (and they probably won’t) spend another $32.6 million on players by the time the season ends, that money will be handed over to the the National Basketball Players Association for distribution. Who gets it? Anyone who played for the 76ers. Coon explains: The shortfall is based on the team salary as of the team’s last regular season game, but the distribution comes after the league’s audit in July The union informs the league of its proposed distribution within 30 days after the audit, and the team has 10 days after receiving the proposal to distribute the money. There is no set rule for how the money is distributed – the CBA just says “…pro rata or in accordance with such other formula as may be reasonably determined by the Players Association.” For The Win

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According to CBA expert Larry Coon's comprehensive FAQ, the Pacers would have 45 days to acquire a replacement player. Last season, the NBA approved a disabled player exception for the Brooklyn Nets, who lost center Brook Lopez to a season-ending injury, and Atlanta Hawks, who lost forward-center Al Horford to a season-ending injury. The New Orleans Pelicans also were granted a disabled player exception for forward Ryan Anderson, who sustained a back injury in January last season. USA Today Sports

July 15, 2014 Updates
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Hayward’s deal will start at $14.8 million next year, increasing annually. The contract reportedly includes a player option for the final season, giving Hayward the ability to opt out of the deal after three seasons. The Jazz knew Hayward stood to see a substantial payday. But Lindsey said the high-dollar contract should be viewed in terms of the current market, and the ever-increasing salary cap of the NBA. Salt Lake Tribune

July 12, 2014 Updates

With an eye toward maximizing the future of the salary cap, LeBron James finalized his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, sources familiar with the process told ESPN.com. James signed a two-year, $42.1 million deal with the goal of re-signing with the Cavs before the 2016-17 season when a new television deal is expected to create a large jump in value of the maximum contract. ESPN.com

July 10, 2014 Updates
July 9, 2014 Updates

Kevin Pelton: Cap comes in $135,000 lower than projected. Not enough to really make a difference for any team, I don't think. Twitter @kpelton

In reality, New Jersey-based certified public accountant Robert Raiola said Anthony would net closer to $66.7 million with the Knicks after taxes, compared to $49.3 million with the Lakers. New York's offer would still be larger, but by a more modest $17.4 million. Independent salary cap expert Larry Coon argued the comparison itself was moot, unless the player was primarily focused on guaranteed salary. "Comparing a four-year contract to a five-year contract is like comparing apples to oranges," Coon told The Times. "A player who signs a four-year contract can presume he will sign for a fifth year down the line. It's not a matter of leaving that money on the table, it's a matter of locking in that money, and his future value, right now." Los Angeles Times

"For Anthony, other factors may come into play," Coon said. "There could be a new collective bargaining agreement between the owners and players' union in 2017. It could very well be more favorable to the players. "In addition, the NBA is expected to negotiate a new national television deal in 2016, which could significantly increase revenues and salaries. Anthony could take advantage by timing his next free agency for 2017." Los Angeles Times

July 8, 2014 Updates
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Eric Pincus: Many misconceptions but Pau Gasol takes up $20 mil of Lakers' cap - that only goes away if he signs for less, leaves or is renounced. If Lakers cleared Gasol's $20 mil from their cap by renouncing him - they don't have his Bird Rights any more -can't sign him to go over cap. Twitter @EricPincus

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