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Sources told ESPN.com that, based on current projections, league officials expect the salary cap to increase from its current $63.1 million figure to $67.1 million next season, $89 million in 2016-17, and $108 million in 2017-18. The jumps represent massive increases largely triggered by the influx of television money that will begin pouring in after the 2015-16 season when the NBA's new nine-year, $24 billion TV deal kicks in. To put it into perspective, the largest salary-cap jump in history is $7 million in one season. ESPN.com

Sources say that the league, though, has been careful to stress to its teams that these are not only mere projections but also contingent on the NBA and its players avoiding a work stoppage after the 2016-17 season. Both sides have the right to opt out of the current labor agreement by Dec. 15, 2016. ESPN.com

Silver also said draft lottery reform is not coming until at least after the 2016-17 season because owners want to see how the significant increase in the salary cap because the new TV deal impacts the construction of teams. "There's still a sense we need to make a change but until we know what the team behavior is going to be with all this new cap room, we hold it and wait and look holistically at the whole system," he said. USA Today Sports

April 15, 2015 Updates

What is the approach heading into the summer? It’s obviously fluid, but what’s the mind-set? Grousbeck: Well, we’ve got a lot of draft picks. Those could be traded. We’ve got a lot of room. Over the next few years, we’ll have a lot of room under the salary cap. Our intention is always to be aggressive and opportunistic in the summer. We don’t want to let a summer go by. The summer of 2007 transformed this franchise, and you never know when the next one will happen. Boston Globe

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April 9, 2015 Updates

They made a waiver claim Tuesday on veteran forward Shavlik Randolph, and have been awarded his rights by the NBA. Randolph, however, is not expected to play for the Nuggets. Picking up a player with his salary ($1.227 million) gets the Nuggets much closer to the NBA's salary-cap floor, which is the minimum salary teams are required to have on their books at season's end. The salary-cap floor is $56.759 million. The Nuggets, with Randolph's salary included, come within roughly $600,000 of the salary-cap floor. Randolph, 31, is expected to be released by the Nuggets. If he clears waivers, then the Nuggets have the benefit of keeping the cap hit — and thus their current proximity to the salary floor — while still having a roster spot with which to sign a prospective player, if they choose to do that. In that scenario, the Nuggets could take the prorated salary they would have paid to Randolph for the final week of the season and apply that to whomever they acquire for the remainder of the regular season, which is down to four games. Then, they would have that player on their roster for the summer and into training camp in order to get a good look at him. Denver Post

March 29, 2015 Updates
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Brian Windhorst: The Nuggets have claimed Ian Clark off waivers from the Jazz. Nuggets need to add players to reach the salary floor Twitter @WindhorstESPN

March 26, 2015 Updates

Eric Pincus: Added Michael Beasley and Henry Walker's 2-year deals to @BBallInsiders Miami Heat - both conditional min. salaries. In case of Michael Beasley - a team option for Miami - to be decided before July for 15/16 season. Henry Walker's $1.1 mil non-guranteed, after 8/1 - $100k locks in, after 11/3 - $300k,after 12/1 $500k @BBallInsiders http://www.basketballinsiders.com/miami-heat-team-salary/ Twitter @EricPincus

March 21, 2015 Updates

The cap boom that will help the rest of the league will also help the Thunder. Re-signing Kanter this summer would take them out of the bidding for top free agents in the summer of 2016, but Oklahoma City could still either have a slice of cap room or the full midlevel exception to add a quality piece. The cap could jump from $90 million in 2016-17 to as much as $105 million the year after, per league sources, giving the Thunder a chance to add again without going into the luxury tax. This depends on a bundle of variables, including whether Ibaka gets the max on his next contract. Again: The Thunder are right to be confident of their place in pole position of the Durant sweepstakes, even with Durant’s hometown Wizards hoarding cap space. But Durant is now effectively an expiring contract, and impending free agency at that late stage can take unpredictable turns. You just never know. This season was Oklahoma City’s last grasp at certainty, and it’s gone now. Grantland

March 16, 2015 Updates

However, not once during Silver's whirlwind tour — that also included a luncheon at the local rotary club — did the topic of a potential NBA work stoppage in 2017 arise in conversation. "Believe it or not — I can't speak for the union or anything — but it's not something I'm talking to teams about yet," Silver said. "I think it's premature." Recently, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) made the expected decision to reject the league's proposal to smooth out the rising salary cap. The NBA's new media rights deals, worth more than $2.6 billion per year, are expected to take form in the 2016-17 season as well as increase the salary cap. By "smoothing," the league intended to avoid a dramatic spike in the cap in 2016-17 and progressively spread the money over the first few years of the new TV deal. Indianapolis Star

March 13, 2015 Updates

As numbers stand right now, the surge in TV money is expected to cause the NBA’s salary cap to skyrocket from $68 million in the 2015-16 season to approximately $90 million in the 2016-17 season. This would represent a stunning 33 percent increase over just one season and the highest percentage annual increase since the NBA’s salary cap climbed from $16 million in the 1994-95 season to $23 million in the 1995-96 season, a 44 percent bump. $90 million would also represent a massive escalation over recent salary cap growths. Consider that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season is set at $63.1 million, after being $58.7 million in the 2013-14 season and $58.0 million in the 2012-13 season. These recent annual salary cap increases are dwarfed by the projected increase set for the 2016-17 season. Sports Illustrated

The NBA, meanwhile, has independently-audited financial records to show a number of teams are losing money. Moreover, the league’s sound business strategy on television and international growth—not to mention NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s adroit handling of the Donald Sterling crisis—appear to have benefited players as much as owners. Despite these achievements, tensions between the NBA and NBPA seem to be rising. Sports Illustrated

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