Salaries Rumors

The Nets can go two different routes, depending on how their salary-cap situation plays out. If they move far enough below the projected “hard cap” of $85 million, they could potentially use the full $5.464 million mid-level exception, the $2.139 million bi-annual exception and be eligible to make sign-and-trades in which they receive a player signing a new contract. However, that would mean the Nets would not be allowed to go above $85 million in spending at any point during the 2015-16 season.
On the other side of the spectum, we have Atlanta. The Hawks’ four All-Stars (Al Horford, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver) combined for $35,753,521 in salaries in 2014-15, which is way less than Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire alone made in New York. Each win cost Atlanta less than $1 million. No other team in the NBA can say that, even though Golden State came close
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To say the Knicks fells short of expectations this season would be an understatement. With a payroll in the Top 4 in the NBA, New York finished with the second-worst record in the league, which makes the Knicks the team with the worst return results-wise for the money spent on player salaries this year. (We’re not even factoring in coaches and executives salaries here, which would make New York look even worse considering the lofty contracts of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher). Each regular-season win cost the Knicks close to $4.8 million, which puts Jackson’s club ahead of Minnesota and even the deep-pocketed, underperforming Lakers in this ranking.
Fresh off his 12th All-Star season, the German forward was kind enough to take a pay cut close to $15 million in free agency that opened up room for Dallas to sign Parsons, who’s slated to make $14.7 million this year. Nowitzki’s is actually the biggest salary slash of all players in the NBA this season ahead of the ones Danny Granger and Pau Gasol took in Miami and Chicago, respectively. Fellow Mavericks Jameer Nelson, Richard Jefferson and Charlie Villanueva also appear among the Top 16 in the pay cut ranking.
Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example, Ben Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Orlando Magic. But until we receive exact figures sometime next month, we are assigning Gordon an annual average salary.