As one NBA agent states, “What people don’t underst…

As one NBA agent states, “What people don’t understand is that there are so many layers to any contract – let alone a maximum contract”. With any decision, it is imperative that the NBA player does his due diligence before making a decision that will impact their life forever. It is important to delve into the layers of a max contract and understand that not all max contracts are negotiated the same. For example, a player’s years of experience in the NBA is factored into how much of a percentage that a player can take of the team’s salary cap. A player with 0-6 years of experience can only make up 25 percent of the salary cap. A player with 7 to 9 years can take up 30 percent and a player with 10+ years can make up 35 percent of the salary cap. Additionally, there are “bird rights” which are salary cap exceptions that allow a player to earn more money and sign for a longer deal if the player chooses to stay with their current team.
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March 22, 2019 | 4:37 am EDT Update
Now that Russell is getting some good pub — the narratives flipping from lottery bust to Magic Johnson gave up on him too quickly — he won’t let it distract him. “I’ve been on the worst side of the tilt,” Russell said after Thursday’s practice at Santa Monica High School. “So to now to be on this side where we’re having a little success, I’ve seen both narratives. I’ve seen every narrative you could throw. When it comes to preparing myself for them, I’ve looked in the mirror and I’ve put myself in the situation before [the media] could.”
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