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March 11, 2015 Updates

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

March 10, 2015 Updates

Tribune: You have proposed a harder salary cap. Why is that necessary? Silver: We proposed it during the last CBA round because we think it creates more parity around the league. No doubt, there’s a correlation between payroll and success on the floor. For us, the ultimate goal is to have a 30-team league in which teams win championships based on management and not on the the size of their market or the owner’s willingness to lose money in order to win. We look at the NFL system with a hard cap; they have the best parity in all sports, and an “Any Given Sunday” notion. Granted, we’re a very different sport, because a superstar player who plays virtually the entire game can have a far greater impact on a game than in the NFL. But with a harder cap, we can create more parity throughout the league. We’ve done that to an extent with provisions put into place in the new CBA, with a higher luxury tax and additional limitations on which players you can sign. Portland Tribune

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Kobe Bryant: But the facts are facts. The salary cap is the salary cap. Players aren't going to leave millions and millions of dollars on the table twice to come here and play. It's just not realistic. Wanting LeBron (James) to come here and take a massive pay cut again (last summer), after taking a big one to go to Miami, is not realistic. Melo (Carmelo Anthony) leaving $15-20 (million) on the table to come here is not realistic. So we have certain restrictions, but we'll figure it out. USA Today Sports

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At the same time, the Warriors are determined not to let their second-round find get away. According to sources, the team had been expecting the price tag for Green to start in the $8-9 million range. But because there is a surplus of cap space, an impending boost coming from the NBA’s new TV deal and the stock rise that has come with Green’s improved output, the Warriors are resigned to the fact that Green will get a bigger offer, and that the team might have to go over the luxury tax for a year to keep Green. Team owner Joe Lacob has long said he’d be willing to pay the tax—if the team is winning. The length of the Warriors’ playoff run this spring, then, could have a significant impact on how high Golden State is willing to go to keep Green. Sporting News

Ainge: Those relationships can help, but ultimately I think those [deals with executives I know] are more coincidental than they are relationship-driven. Most of the trades I see in the league are not one-sided. Trades are mostly just teams with different agendas, different places in their path to a championship. Trades are not just about player-for-player these days. They are about creating cap space. When you are one piece away from winning, you may give up a little bit more to another team. Some teams have cap space that they use for acquiring young assets. Some use it for getting top-notch players and paying big dollars for top-notch players. Every team is sort of in a different place. I see most trades as being fair for both teams. Bleacher Report

February 16, 2015 Updates

Eric Pincus: FWIW - Mo Williams got a bump in pay from $3.7 mil to $3.97 mil with a trade bonus in deal to Hornets @BBallInsiders http://www.basketballinsiders.com/charlotte-hornets-team-salary/ … Twitter @EricPincus

February 14, 2015 Updates

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