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March 11, 2015 Updates

In fact, only seven teams have $40 million or more committed past next year—Chicago, Golden State, Houston, the Clippers, New York, Oklahoma City, and Washington. Of those, only the Clippers (at about $58 million) are over $50 million in commitments. That means that 23 teams currently have the potential to enter the 2016 free-agency period with at least $50 million in cap space. Six figure to have around $40 million. And one will have almost $30 million. Sporting News

NBA teams using internal data are projecting the salary cap to jump to between $88-92 million per team, sources told ESPN. To compare, this season the cap is set at $63 million and next season it is projected to land at about $66 million. To put it into perspective, the largest salary-cap jump in history is $7 million in one season. What happens in 2016 could triple that leap. ESPN.com

Owners have been trying to avoid such a spike because it would dramatically raise salary levels for free agents that season. James, for example, could take his salary from about $22 million next season to around $30 million if he signs for the maximum salary in 2016. ESPN.com

Larry Coon: Most likely reason union didn't want smoothing -- it takes years to implement, and they're going to opt-out in 2017. This way they get big cap jump in 2016, then (assuming season not cancelled) a new CBA in 2017 that deals with the money in a way they'd consider to be fair. Twitter

Larry Coon: You know who gets screwed the most from this? Rank and file players who don't have many years left in the league. Under smoothing they would have gotten a big shortfall check in 2016-17. But this way, all the 2016 money goes to 2016 free agents. Playes need to be in the league past 2017 to reap the benefits. Players whose last years in the league are 2016-17 or 2017-18 will miss out. This is why I'm surprised that the union vote was unanimous to reject smoothing. I doubt if was a truly informed decision on the part of 450+ players. Twitter

Larry Coon: One more bad factor in this -- it incentivizes signing short contracts, so less security of total money locked-in. Players have to choose between job security of a longer deal and greater upside if they sign a shorter deal now and a bigger deal in 2016. Twitter

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