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Value of max contracts for 2014 NBA free agents

Jul 9, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

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I previously explained and estimated the value of max contracts this summer, but that was based on the projected salary cap.

Now that the cap has been set, we can determine actual max salaries.

Remember, a max salary is determined by experience and previous salary. Just two free agents – Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony – had high enough 2013-14 salaries to exceed the max based on years of experience.

Here are the values of max contracts for Nowitzki, Melo and everyone else based on years of experience (updated with precise amounts the NBA provided teams):

0-6 years

Year Re-sign Leave
One $14,746,000 $14,746,000
Two $15,851,950 $15,409,570
Three $16,957,900 $16,073,140
Four $18,063,850 $16,736,710
Five $19,169,800
Total $84,789,500 $62,965,420

7-9 years

Year Re-sign Leave
One $17,695,200 $17,695,200
Two $19,022,340 $18,491,484
Three $20,349,480 $19,287,768
Four $21,676,620 $20,084,052
Five $23,003,760
Total $101,747,400 $75,558,504

10+ years

Year Re-sign Leave
One $20,644,400 $20,644,400
Two $22,192,730 $21,573,398
Three $23,741,060 $22,502,396
Four $25,289,390 $23,431,394
Five $26,837,720
Total $118,705,300 $88,151,588

Dirk Nowitzki (plans to sign three-year, $30 million contract)

Year Re-sign Leave
One $23,857,450 $23,857,450
Two $25,646,759 $24,931,035
Three $27,436,068 $26,004,621
Four $29,225,376 $27,078,206
Five $31,014,685
Total $137,180,338 $101,871,312

Carmelo Anthony (reportedly plans to re-sign with Knicks)

Year Re-sign Leave
One $22,458,402 $22,458,402
Two $24,142,782 $23,469,030
Three $25,827,162 $24,479,658
Four $27,511,542 $25,490,286
Five $29,195,922
Total $129,135,810 $95,897,375

If you’re wondering about LeBron James and Chris Bosh (and maybe even Dwyane Wade), the Heat’s stars can get the max for players with 10+ years experience.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    The fact that Melo is eligible for more then Lebron is a joke.

    • neverunderestimatetheheartofachampion - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      How do you figure that? He could have re-signed and gotten 127.7 million over 5 years max. If he signs elsewhere, he can earn $94.8 million over 4 years max

      • sellahh - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:51 PM

        The real joke is that you can’t understand that volume of a contract is dependent on the previous one.
        As for both LBJ and Melo, they can both chew a fat one.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      the reason for that FACT is that Lebron took LESS to sign with the Heat in 2010 in order to WIN.

      He won. Melo has not.

      Both Melo and LBJ came into the league at the same time.

      Melo has earned MORE money from on court salary than Lebron, north of $10 million more because LBJ prioritized winning and he now has hardware.

      Melo prioritized money and did so again.

      Melo also said that he couldn’t take anymore losing. the knicks ARE going to lose this coming season.

      now, they’ll have cap space, Phil and will still be NYC next summer.

      But Melo was talking about not want to lose, like right NOW.

      all talk. he KNEW he was staying for the money.

      He went on the it’s all about me tour to other clubs even though he KNEW he was resigning with the knics.

      MANY on here are say duh, of course he was staying, we knew it all along.

      All of you saying that and things like it are correct. Yet he went to be wooed for EGO.

      LBJ set aside his ego to win, he was OK taking less money.

  2. neverunderestimatetheheartofachampion - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    Under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, the Heat can offer James a five-year maximum deal worth $127.7 million. Other teams are limited to offering a four-year contract, maxing out at $94.8 million.

    New York can offer Anthony the most money of any of his suitors, a maximum contract worth $129 million over five seasons. Other suitors can offer Anthony a max contract worth $96 million over four years.

    If you really think LeBron is concerned with that 1.3 million dollars when he makes way more than Melo in endorsements, then you may be the crazy one.

  3. jvw1982 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    wow Dirk is a fool……

  4. montrealknowledge - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Why are players getting a bad rap for taking money? Why should they take less and help the owners out by sparing them luxury tax. Don’t you NBA cities realize the owners are going to raise ticket prices the better your team is. So star players should take less so the team can be better and owners can make more money AND not pay luxury tax. Stop blaming players… The more money your boss makes off you, you’d want some.

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