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NBA salary cap to rise only slightly

Jun 3, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

O.J. Mayo, Dwight Howard

The NBA’s salary cap and luxury-tax line are determined by the league’s Basketball Related Income. The more money the league makes, the higher the salary cap and luxury-tax line.

Early estimates indicate the NBA didn’t generate as much revenue as expected this season.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

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

Kevin Pelton of ESPN:

Expectation was $60M.

Most of all, this hurts any player who will be a free agent this summer, because teams will have less money to spend on those players.

A smaller-than-expected-bump also hurts teams with cap room this summer. Although every team must deal with the same restrictions, several teams are positioned only to use their cap exceptions are are relatively unaffected. That means the teams planning to use cap room won’t have quite as much room to maneuver.

  1. gmsingh - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Translation: the Lakers are still screwed.

  2. reasonablemindsays - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    It’ll be interesting to see how good the Spurs get when they sign Al Jefferson.

  3. mazblast - Jun 3, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    “The more money the league makes, the higher the salary cap and luxury-tax line.”

    And the more incentive the league has to lie about it.

    Remember, no league or team in any sport has ever made money. No movie or TV show has ever made money. We’re from the government and we’re here to help you. Of course I’ll respect you in the morning. It’s not about the money, it’s about the principle of the thing. Lifetime guarantee. We treat all players the same. The boss’ nephew got the job over you on merit.

  4. reesesteel23 - Jun 3, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Lol that picture is hilarious

    • gmsingh - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:12 PM

      They should’ve photoshopped a “salary cap” on Dwight Howard’s head.

  5. rajbais - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    This is why David Stern needs to go as commissioner, sooner than Feb 2014. Television network money is a great boost to any kind of sports league income And not enough networks cover this sport unlike college sports and the NFL.

    Baseball will have three cable networks covering its sport this upcoming August. With Fox sports 1 debuting in the aforementioned month Fox, the parent company, will be allowed to put baseball games on major league baseball’s third cable network for coverage.

    May be if Stern Did a better job in getting more network coverage there would be more basketball related income.

    Much of the NBA’s financial downfall has to do with David Stern not creating a more Competitive balance during the years he needed to. Other sports get better traction because their teams’ fans believe that their team has a chance. Did Stern try to do a better job of that during his time? No.

    If Stern advised all 30 teams a lot better on how to spend the salary-cap would not be at the position that it is at.

    I personally do feel that all teams are responsible for how they spend, but when the majority of the owners do not have basketball knowledge, but want to win and prevent financial loss Stern should have been more considerate Of the teams.

    The NBA commissioner job has likely been Filled with less accomplishment than the two other major sports’ commissioners.

    If Stern emulated the positives of Pete Rozelle, bud selig, Paul Tagliabue, and others the chances of him having labor peace could’ve improved dramatically. With the exception of Rozelle other commissioners did a better job of looking after the whole league.

    Stern was nowhere near close to that and now with the first wave of parity Seeking owners too much damage has been done. There were enough players that were prematurely given contracts that they did not deserve or put owners in corners to get, But they now have to pay the price since David Stern did not do a better job of looking after the whole NBA.

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