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    Lightbulb 2012/13 salary cap/luxury tax numbers

    The NBA has announced that the salary cap for the 12-13 season is $58.044 million.

    The luxury tax level is set at $70.307 million.

    The cap is the same as it was for the 11-12 season.

    I'll update this once we know the exact numbers of Ersan and the soon to be signed rookies.

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    Mid-Level Exception

    The Wizards, as the only team with their full $5 million MLE, can spend more than almost any other team. The Milwaukee Bucks are right behind with $4.35 million left of their MLE along with their BAE.

    Originally the Orlando Magic were a tax team but after the Dwight Howard trade, their spending power increased ($4.2 million of MLE remaining along with BAE).

    The Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder have about $3.3 million left followed by the Utah Jazz ($2.5 million) and Detroit Pistons ($2 million).

    Technically the San Antonio Spurs have $500k of their MLE left and $557k of their BAE but each is only enough to add on at slightly above the rookie minimum of $474k.
    http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-pm-spe...wer-dwindling/

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    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1...ot-monta-ellis

    Bucks have $32M if Ellis opts out.
    Last edited by MILLERHIGHLIFE; 01-13-2013 at 08:55 AM.

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    http://www.brewhoop.com/2013/1/4/383...muel-dalembert

    I see bleacher report used brewhoops cap chart.

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    TPE $2,506,500 (Stephen Jackson) that expires on 3/14/13.

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    With the NBA trade deadline coming next Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, there are plenty of rumors out there on the interwebs to get your juices flowing. But even though there are several teams in need of a shake-up, it's difficult to determine just how much movement there will be.

    One reason we might see a quiet deadline is that teams are still getting a handle on the new collective bargaining agreement, which was ratified less than three months ago. The new CBA both adds and alters a few parameters that teams have to work under when making deals.

    Here's Mavs owner Mark Cuban, from a conversation with ESPN's Bill Simmons at this weekend's Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. Cuban was explaining his decision not to re-sign Tyson Chandler to a lucrative contract this past offseason, but his reasoning can certainly be applied to trades and free agency going forward...

    "Because of the new set of rules, there's going to be a different market for pricing players. And when there's a different market for pricing players, you've got to introduce a different methodology for building a team. And you can't just use the same approach that we've used in the past."

    Here are the most important changes to the rules, and how they might affect deadline movement...

    A more punitive tax is coming

    Both this season and next season, the luxury tax is the same as it has been in the past. The highest-spending teams pay a dollar in tax for every dollar their payroll is above the luxury tax line, which is $70 million this season and projected to be the same next season.


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    Reminder: The salary cap and luxury tax line are NOT the same thing. The salary cap is just above $58 million.

    But beginning in the 2013-14 season, the luxury tax becomes much more punitive. The tax line is projected to move up by a few million, but the payments ratio of tax to salary will increase with every $5 million a team is over the line.

    More Cuban: "In the past, I could fix any mistake just by spending money. And I did. Now, it wasn't just about spending more money, because it was a lot more money. What was $19 million in luxury tax last year would have been more than $65 million under the new rules in year three or later."

    If teams are only trading or acquiring players whose contracts expire this season or next season, the punitive tax shouldn't play much of a role in their decision. But if any player in a deal has a contract that runs past 2013, the tax could certainly be a factor in the deal.

    The full mid-level exception is not for everybody

    Under the old CBA, teams over the cap (and even the tax line) could add a pretty good player each offseason, using their mid-level exception, which was equal to the league-average salary. This is how the Lakers were able to add Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) in 2009, even though they were well over the cap.

    But under the new CBA, only teams over the cap and below the tax line have the ability to use the full mid-level exception, allowing them to sign a player for four years, starting at $5 million per year (and can be split among multiple players). Teams over the tax line have a smaller mid-level exception, which can only be for three years, starting at $3 million per year.

    Available mid-level exception, new CBA

    Mid-level exception under new CBA

    Payroll level Years Starting salary
    Under the cap 2 $2.5 million
    Over the cap, under the tax line 4 $5 million*
    Over the tax line 3 $3 million

    * This number will increase by 3 percent annually, starting with the 2013-14 season

    Teams under the salary cap don't have a mid-level exception, but they do have a smaller "room" exception, which can be for two years, starting at $2.5 million.

    Neither is the bi-annual exception

    The bi-annual exception is a smaller exception that can be used once every two years by teams above the cap to add a player for more than the league minimum salary. But under the new CBA, tax-paying teams are no longer allowed to use it.

    Now, these exceptions don't really come into play at the trade deadline. But the new rules really benefit the teams that are above the cap and below the tax line. So when teams make any kind of transaction, that's where they want to be as they project forward.

    Even more from Cuban: "So now, if you look at the Heat as an example, because they're going to be over the luxury tax for the next three years, put aside the financial side of it, they can only use the mini mid-level and minimums to add a player. That's a big restriction."

    Sign-and-trades aren't as much of an option

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors lost LeBron James and Chris Bosh to Miami in 2010, they were able to get something back (draft picks and trade exceptions) by working out sign-and-trade deals with the Heat. The sign-and-trade deals made sense for the Heat and the players, because under the old CBA, contracts signed with a player's current team could be six years long, with 10.5 percent raises. If James and Bosh had signed outright with the Heat, the contracts could only be five years long with eight percent raises.

    Under the new CBA, new contracts with the player's current team can be five years long with 7.5 percent raises, while contracts with a new team can only be four years long with 4.5 percent raises. Another major change is that sign-and-trade deals are limited to the same maximums as deals with a new team (four years, 4.5 percent raises).

    Max years and raises on new contracts

    Structure of contracts

    Type of contract Old CBA New CBA
    Contract w/ same team 6 years, 10.5% raises 5 years, 7.5% raises
    Contract w/ new team 5 years, 8% raises 4 years, 4.5% raises
    Sign-and-trade contract 6 years, 10.5% raises 4 years, 4.5% raises


    So if Dwight Howard wants to sign with a team with cap space (like Dallas or New Jersey) this summer, neither he nor his new team has any incentive to work out a sign-and-trade deal with Orlando. However, if he wanted to sign with a team that was over the cap (like the Lakers) or not under the cap enough to sign him, then that team would need to work out a sign-and-trade with the Magic.

    (For example, to acquire Chandler in December, the Knicks worked out a three-way sign-and-trade with the Mavs and Wizards that shed them of the contracts of Andy Rautins and Ronny Turiaf, creating the needed cap space for Chandler's contract.)

    The sign-and-trade rule change could affect the leverage in a potential Howard deal at the deadline. The Magic have additional leverage over Howard, knowing that if he wants to leave Orlando in the summer, he'll definitely have to sign a shorter deal with his new team. But the Nets also have additional leverage over the Magic, because Orlando's not getting anything back if they keep Howard past the deadline and he ultimately chooses to play in Brooklyn next season.
    http://www.nba.com/2012/news/feature...ine/index.html

    Old article but a good read on the new CBA rules for sign and trade if teams are under the tax or over it. Also talks about MLE rule changes.

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    Marc Stein ‏@ESPNSteinLine 1h
    Nothing binding until NBA does full July audit of 2012-13 season, but as my man @kpelton just noted, some expected $60 mil cap for 2013-14




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    Hearing early projections given to GMs and owners in May have NBA salary cap rising to just $58.5 mil next season. This season: $58.044 mil
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