Salary cap Rumors
The Kings attempted to recruit longtime team executive David Morway, who had previously been with the Milwaukee Bucks and now consults for the Utah Jazz, to serve as Divac’s deputy. Discussions fizzled when Morway couldn’t get iron-clad assurances the organization would pony up sufficient dollars to upgrade its lean infrastructure in areas such as analytics, medical and player development. In April, the Kings ultimately settled on Ken Catanella, who spent the previous five seasons in the Detroit front office and is well-versed in the salary cap and a devotee of analytics. Observers wonder whether Ranadive will defer to Divac and Catanella — and director of scouting Mike Bratz — enough to break up a long string of decisions that didn’t pan out.
Ira Winderman: Derrick Williams has cleared waivers so no salary-cap relief for Heat, Sun Sentinel confirms.
Albert Nahmad: Heat is waiving Derrick Williams to clear a roster spot to re-sign Okaro White, per @Barry Jackson. Heat would save $1.7M if Derrick Williams’ $4.6M contract claimed off waivers (but perhaps less likely if Heat couldn’t find trade partner).
The Cavs have an interest in Jose Calderon. He is 36 years old and in his 13th season. He plays very little for the Lakers. Not sure how the Cavs could fit him into their salary cap. He makes $7.7 million. It is possible the Lakers will cut him as part of a buy-out. That has to be done by March 1. Then he could sign with any team.
The NBA has lowered its salary cap projections for the next two seasons. In a January memo attained by Basketball Insiders, the league informed teams that the 2017-18 cap is expected to be $102 million with a luxury tax threshold of $122 million. For 2018-19, the NBA estimates a cap of $103 million with the tax line at $125 million.