Albert Nahmad: Wolves can apply to have Nikola Pekovic’s cap hits — $12.1M for 2016-17, $11.6M for 2017-18 – excluded from team salary staring today. Pekovic salary exclusion would be granted if jointly-selected doctor rules injury career-ending or constitutes medically unacceptable risk. If the exclusion is granted, Wolves’ 16-17 cap room increases to $24.8M, 17-18 max projected cap room increases to $37.1M (at $103M cap). Wolves are currently $3.3M below salary floor. Pekovic’s salary will count toward the salary floor whether the exclusion is granted or not. If Pekovic doesn’t play again, Wolves can be reimbursed $8.7M of his $12.1M salary for 2016-17 and $9.3M of his $11.6M salary for 2017-18.
“It’s a little different,” he said. “I have to figure out, even more carefully, what I choose to do, and who I choose to play for.”