2022 Lakers relevant Salary Cap Q&A (pg. 6)
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2022 10:20 am    Post subject:

@Hydrohead: one can hope they understand that concept. Just looking at the dubs, and even looking through previous title teams, the majority has spent taxes to contend & for the most part remain in tithe contention. Meanwhile we were 1&done during Bron’s current 4yr window with us. If the rings the thing, ownerships gotta make their wallets/purse strings sing. Put your money where your mouth is.

Anyways, topics that Im sure will be discussed in the next CBA is limiting the regular season (directly impacting player health & performance), availability incentive driven contracts (ie as of now only 15% of a contract can account for “unlikely” incentives) and the necessary protocol (ie draft, league fees, etc) to address the looming expansion of the league.

The current CBA will expire after the 2023/24 season.

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ESPN Sources: The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are holding a preliminary meeting on the collective bargaining agreement in Boston today. Both can opt out of current deal in December, but sides are preparing for serious talks on a new CBA across coming months.


They have the ability to opt out of the current CBA with Dday being Dec 15, 2022. If they do end up terminating the current CBA on that date, then the 2023 cap plan takes on a whole new meaning.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2022 3:55 pm    Post subject:

^^^^

From what I've read, the owners will opt out. This makes sense. They'll want a new CBA in place before they negotiate the new TV contracts.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2022 8:39 pm    Post subject:

Aeneas Hunter wrote:
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From what I've read, the owners will opt out. This makes sense. They'll want a new CBA in place before they negotiate the new TV contracts.


Please no cap spike this time! Unless it helps the Lakers of course
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2022 9:26 am    Post subject:

^ The new TV deal is forecasted to hit in 2025. So even if they allowed the current CBA to expire without the early opt out (ie after the 2023/24 season), it will be a whole season before the new TV deal projects to impact markets and their respective salary caps.

The new NBPA prez, alluded to no opt out…so it’ll be interesting to see if it progresses that way and if it does, why? Below are her direct quotes on the matter from pg4 in this thread.

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Tremaglio has led the NBPA since January. The NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement runs through the 2023-24 season, although both the league and union have opt-out clauses following the 2022-23 season. Tremaglio said Tuesday that she does “absolutely not” foresee either side exercising that opt-out. – via SportTechie

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 10:02 am    Post subject:

Since 2-way players were a major resource for us this past year, here are some details as to how they impact our roster due to availability.
Note: their salary does not impact our cap sheet till they sign the prorated amount of whatever their “Rest-of-Season” (RoS)deal implicates (via vet min exception or remainder of tpMLE for example). Also note that they are not eligible to be part of our (god-willing) playoff roster till they sign a RoS deal.

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ESPN Sources: NBA two-way contracts will remain ½ the rookie minimum contracts for the 2022-2023 season -- $502K with a limitation of 50 regular-season games and no playoff eligibility.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 6:43 am    Post subject:

I think that both the Nets and Lakers will play out this season with both Kyrie and Russ opting-in. The Nets will try and mend fences with Kyrie or deal him and the Lakers would consider themselves fools not to keep their options open for Kyrie for 23-24 if unresolved, hence no unloading Russ for long term contracts and playing out the season with the bed Lebron made.
So...can the Lakers sign both Kyrie and Lebron in 2023 off season assume LeBron also lets the season play out (not sure what is his cap hold)?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 7:10 am    Post subject:

hydrohead wrote:
I think that both the Nets and Lakers will play out this season with both Kyrie and Russ opting-in. The Nets will try and mend fences with Kyrie or deal him and the Lakers would consider themselves fools not to keep their options open for Kyrie for 23-24 if unresolved, hence no unloading Russ for long term contracts and playing out the season with the bed Lebron made.
So...can the Lakers sign both Kyrie and Lebron in 2023 off season assume LeBron also lets the season play out (not sure what is his cap hold)?


what's our cap space 2023 summer if we just let WB off the book?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 9:58 am    Post subject:

governator wrote:
hydrohead wrote:
I think that both the Nets and Lakers will play out this season with both Kyrie and Russ opting-in. The Nets will try and mend fences with Kyrie or deal him and the Lakers would consider themselves fools not to keep their options open for Kyrie for 23-24 if unresolved, hence no unloading Russ for long term contracts and playing out the season with the bed Lebron made.
So...can the Lakers sign both Kyrie and Lebron in 2023 off season assume LeBron also lets the season play out (not sure what is his cap hold)?


what's our cap space 2023 summer if we just let WB off the book?


So fellas, as you know the cap isn’t projected yet for the 2023/24 season, so we’ll try to apply recent trends and conservative numbers just to stay on the safe side of expectations.

The cap is projected to go up by about 8.5% from last season (112.4m) to this upcoming season (122m) and under the current CBA annual raises in the salary cap can max out to 10%. So the upcoming 2022/23 salary cap can still go up to 123.6m (maxing out at a 10% increase from the previous cap of 112.4m). Based on that projection, the 2023/24 season can go as high as 136m. But like I said, let’s take the conservative route…

Let’s apply a 5% annual increase to the current 2022/23 cap projections of 122m and that would take us to 128.1m for the 2023/24 salary cap. Based on that number, our projected cap space would be:

1) AD 40.6m
2) THT 11m (player option)
3) MaxC 1.7m (projected 2nd year of rookie min deal)
4) 2023 1st lower pick swap w/NO (assuming in 20-30 range) ~3m caphold
5) 2023 LA 2nd rounder 1.05m caphold
6) 2023 Chicago 2nd rounder 1.05m caphold
7) Bron FA caphold (105% of previous year) 46.7m
8) Russ FA caphold (105% of previous year) 49.5m
9) Nunn FA caphold 6.8m
10) Reaves FA caphold 2m
11) Stanley FA caphold 3.1m
12) Gabriel FA caphold 2.4m
= 169m in team salary and capped out on a projected 128.1m salary cap

However let’s say…
1) THT opts in,
2) we sign our 2023 1st to a projected rookie scale deal,
3-4)we keep our 2 2nd rounders (since their capholds would be equivalent to incomplete roster (IR) charges anyways) and
5-6) we renounce every one of our FAs except Bron & Reaves, then including 7) AD &
8) Max, we’re looking at
9-12) 4 IR charges ie 4.2m…
which would give us a team salary of 111.3m and giving us about 16.8m in cap space to give to Kyrie Irving or any other 2023 FAs.

Let’s say we want to give the max possible to Bron & Ky (or any other 2023 FA), then THT would have to opt out of his player option and we renounce his rights, as well as trade our 2023 1st and eliminate that caphold, as well as renounce all our other FAs except for Bron, then our cap sheet would only consist of AD & Max along with 2 2nd round rookie min capholds & 8 IR charges, which gives us potential cap space around 75.3m If we divvy that up equally between Bron & Ky (or other 2023 max FA), then both those dudes can sign at just about 37.7m per (which would be about 7m shy of what a 35% max eligible FA could get that summer).

Hope that answers it for y’all. Don’t hesitate to let me know if it needs further clarity.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 10:04 am    Post subject:

governator wrote:
hydrohead wrote:
I think that both the Nets and Lakers will play out this season with both Kyrie and Russ opting-in. The Nets will try and mend fences with Kyrie or deal him and the Lakers would consider themselves fools not to keep their options open for Kyrie for 23-24 if unresolved, hence no unloading Russ for long term contracts and playing out the season with the bed Lebron made.
So...can the Lakers sign both Kyrie and Lebron in 2023 off season assume LeBron also lets the season play out (not sure what is his cap hold)?


what's our cap space 2023 summer if we just let WB off the book?


Answered ->here<-

Bottom-line: No more than roughly $20 million and even less if anyone other than AD/THT is signed beyond 2022. Lebron's cap-hold will be at least $42 million.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 2:37 pm    Post subject:

vasashi17+ wrote:
governator wrote:
hydrohead wrote:
I think that both the Nets and Lakers will play out this season with both Kyrie and Russ opting-in. The Nets will try and mend fences with Kyrie or deal him and the Lakers would consider themselves fools not to keep their options open for Kyrie for 23-24 if unresolved, hence no unloading Russ for long term contracts and playing out the season with the bed Lebron made.
So...can the Lakers sign both Kyrie and Lebron in 2023 off season assume LeBron also lets the season play out (not sure what is his cap hold)?


what's our cap space 2023 summer if we just let WB off the book?


So fellas, as you know the cap isn’t projected yet for the 2023/24 season, so we’ll try to apply recent trends and conservative numbers just to stay on the safe side of expectations.

The cap is projected to go up by about 8.5% from last season (112.4m) to this upcoming season (122m) and under the current CBA annual raises in the salary cap can max out to 10%. So the upcoming 2022/23 salary cap can still go up to 123.6m (maxing out at a 10% increase from the previous cap of 112.4m). Based on that projection, the 2023/24 season can go as high as 136m. But like I said, let’s take the conservative route…

Let’s apply a 5% annual increase to the current 2022/23 cap projections of 122m and that would take us to 128.1m for the 2023/24 salary cap. Based on that number, our projected cap space would be:

1) AD 40.6m
2) THT 11m (player option)
3) MaxC 1.7m (projected 2nd year of rookie min deal)
4) 2023 1st lower pick swap w/NO (assuming in 20-30 range) ~3m caphold
5) 2023 LA 2nd rounder 1.05m caphold
6) 2023 Chicago 2nd rounder 1.05m caphold
7) Bron FA caphold (105% of previous year) 46.7m
8) Russ FA caphold (105% of previous year) 49.5m
9) Nunn FA caphold 6.8m
10) Reaves FA caphold 2m
11) Stanley FA caphold 3.1m
12) Gabriel FA caphold 2.4m
= 169m in team salary and capped out on a projected 128.1m salary cap

However let’s say…
1) THT opts in,
2) we sign our 2023 1st to a projected rookie scale deal,
3-4)we keep our 2 2nd rounders (since their capholds would be equivalent to incomplete roster (IR) charges anyways) and
5-6) we renounce every one of our FAs except Bron & Reaves, then including 7) AD &
8) Max, we’re looking at
9-12) 4 IR charges ie 4.2m…
which would give us a team salary of 111.3m and giving us about 16.8m in cap space to give to Kyrie Irving or any other 2023 FAs.

Let’s say we want to give the max possible to Bron & Ky (or any other 2023 FA), then THT would have to opt out of his player option and we renounce his rights, as well as trade our 2023 1st and eliminate that caphold, as well as renounce all our other FAs except for Bron, then our cap sheet would only consist of AD & Max along with 2 2nd round rookie min capholds & 8 IR charges, which gives us potential cap space around 75.3m If we divvy that up equally between Bron & Ky (or other 2023 max FA), then both those dudes can sign at just about 37.7m per (which would be about 7m shy of what a 35% max eligible FA could get that summer).

Hope that answers it for y’all. Don’t hesitate to let me know if it needs further clarity.


Good stuff, I was thinking about the bolded scenario and perhaps LBJ being willing to take even less say around $25M. Kyrie gets close to max. We could maybe have $5-6M to sign a solid vet. Would we still have the Full MLE ($10M~)?
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2022 7:08 pm    Post subject:

^@AD23: Thx bro. So the exceptions get confusing since the tax payer vs non tax payer MLEs technically can have teams paying the tax and still having the option to use either as long as they don’t breach the apron (ie 155.2m fir this coming season).

That being said, all exceptions are forfeited (ie ntp/tpMLEs, BAE, TPEs & DPEs when a team operates as a cap-having team that can sign FAs outright with that cap space. If you use cap space to sign FAs (including your own), the only exceptions available to a team after they exhaust that cap space is the roomMLE (ie 5.4m for this coming season), the bird player exception to sign your own bird FAs (which is why order of operation matters in free agency) and the rookie/vet min exceptions. Once cap space is used, only those aforementioned exceptions can be used to breach past the salary cap (ie 122m fir this upcoming season).

I’m sure you know the minutiae of the exceptions already, but I just wanted to use your post as a jump off to clarify it for the rest of the members.

Btw thx @TPD for sourcing older material to answer questions…next time, I’ll probably wait for you to answer first before I regurg the same old info that was previously stated haha.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2022 7:12 am    Post subject:

vasashi17+ wrote:

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Btw thx @TPD for sourcing older material to answer questions…next time, I’ll probably wait for you to answer first before I regurg the same old info that was previously stated haha.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2022 3:04 pm    Post subject:

Vas: big thanks for breakdown on the potential 23 cap situation given a push on the current CBA. The news that just came down on Kyrie opting in is the first step in the scenario I thought was going to happen. Now we wait for Westbrook to opt in followed the Lakers holding on to him to have cap space in 23.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2022 12:05 pm    Post subject:

BUMP…

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2022/23 Offseason Primer

Below are the current cap projections and pertinent questions that apply to our roster and this coming 2022 offseason.

Current Annual Salary Cap Increase: 10% (can reach max of 10%)
2022/23 Salary cap: 123.6m
Luxury tax threshold: 150.3m
Cap apron (aka hard cap): 157.3m
Incomplete roster cap charge (till 12 spots)/rookie min: 1m
1 season vet min: 1.6m & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
2+ seasoned vet min: 1.8m cap hit (league incentivizes the difference) & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
BAE (biannual exception): 4.1m & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
rMLE (room exception): 5.5m (only available if we operate as a team w/cap space) & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators; can be split up among players
tpMLE (taxpayer exception): 6.5m & up to 3 years in length with 5% annual escalators; can be split up among players
ntpMLE (non-taxpayer exception): 10.5m & up to 4 years in length with 5% annual escalators; can be split up among players

Important dates:
Converting Gabriel and/or Jones (ie our two-way players) to standard NBA contracts: April 10th (ie end of regular season)
‘22 Draft lottery: May 17th
‘22 NBA draft: June 23rd
note: our 1st round pick goes to either NO (if pick is #1-10) or Memphis (if pick falls winthin #11-30)
Team Options for Stanley & Reaves / Player Options for Russ & Nunn deadline: June 29th
Can execute trades using 2021/22 salaries that are not expiring: June 30th 2:59pm PT
Free agency moratorium: June 30th 3pm PT to July 6th 9am PT
Bron extension eligible: August 4th
Gasol TPE expires: August 29th
Rondo TPE expires: January 3rd 2023
note: TPEs cannot be aggregated with each other or any existing salaried player; they can only be traded individually for up the TPE amount + 100k

What does our current cap sheet (as of April 8th 2022) look like and what exceptions will be available to us as a result?
First off, no more Deng corpse on our books…Yay! And I will not entertain a Russ stretch-waive corpse…at least for now I won’t! Please let me have this haha

1) Russ (Player Option exercised) 47.1m
2) Bron 44.5m
3) AD 38m
4) THT 10.3m
5) Nunn (PO the exercised) 5.3m
6) Stanley (Team Option exercised) 2.4m
7) Gabriel (TO exercised; nonguaranteed till 1/10/23) 2m
8) Reaves (TO exercised; nonguaranteed till 1/10/23) 1.6m
9) MaxC (projected to sign rookie min deal) 1m
= team salary of 152.2m on a projected 123.6m salary cap & a hard cap (ie cap apron) of 157.3m

As you can see we are already past the salary cap, well into the tax and have roughly 5m in wiggle before we hit the apron…and that’s with only 9 on the roster and needing to still fill out 5-6 more roster spots. So if we stay as is, it’s safe to say we will not be using the hardcap triggering ntpMLE, BAE and/or committing to a trade that has an incoming S&t’d player hitting our books (more on that below).

We will only have the tpMLE available to use.

How much cap space do we have if we option out of/waive/renounce everyone so that our team salary is just players with already guaranteed money (ie Bron/AD/THT)?
Bron: 44.5m
AD: 38m
THT: 10.3m
9 incomplete roster charges: 9m
= 101.8m in team salary, which means 20.2m in potential cap space + the rMLE

What triggers a team to get hard capped at the apron?
-Use of ntpMLE
-Use of BAE
-acquiring a S&t’d player during offseason
(Note: it is not the act of S&t’ing a player that triggers the hard cap; it’s only that a S&t’d player hits our cap sheet that triggers the hard cap; also acquiring a S&t’d player during the regular season and up to the trade deadline aka S&t-to-be-made ie S&t2bm, does not activate the hard cap; lastly any S&t during the summer possibly triggers BYC conditions, but that most likely does not apply to us this summer due to our free agents having yet not earned early/full bird rights with us; as for Russ and if he opts out, BYC would not apply to him as a max salaried player w/full bird rights in a potential S&t

Is it likely we conduct a Draft day trade?
We have roughly 4.5m in cash (started with about 5.7m, but used 1.1m to trade Rondo & 250k to trade Marc) that we can trade during the draft for 2nd round picks (see 2019 draft trade for 2nd round pick that led to THT); that 4.5m in can be traded up till the final day of the 2021/22 season aka June 30th; roughly 6.2m in cash will be available for us to use at the start of the 2022/23 season aka June 30th after 3pm

Can you use any type of MLE in a S&t?
No you cannot. So for example, Monk is a non bird player with us, so we are limited in how much we can offer him in a new deal. We can bypass this restriction by offering him our ntpMLE (which hard caps us) or tpMLE (which does not hard cap us), but if we do, we cannot use it as part of a S&t transaction. Once the season begins and as we approach the trade deadline, the MLE player can be traded, but again they are not allowed to be signed with the MLE and then immediately moved during the summer before the season starts.

What are the maxes (outside of using any of the MLEs) we can offer each of our bird free agents?
-Russ via player opt out (max player w/full bird rights up to 105% of last year in previous deal): 49.5m and up to 5 years w/ 8% annual escalators
-Nunn (non bird rights if he opts out of PO leading to 120% of previous deal): 6m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Stanley (non bird rights if opts out of TO; 7yr vet) 2.43m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Reaves (non bird rights if opts out of TO; 1yr vet): 1.62m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Melo (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Augustin (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Ariza (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Dwight (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Baze (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Ellington (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Bradley (non bird rights; 10+ yr vet): 2.87m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Monk (non bird rights; 5yr vet): 2.1m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Gabriel (non bird rights if opts out of TO; 4yr vet): 1.94m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Jones (non bird rights; if converted to standard NBA contract, 2yr vet): 1.81m, up to 4 yrs, 5%
-Any S&t’d player: up to their respective max in year 1, 3 years minimum and up to 4 years in length, only 1st year needs to be fully guaranteed, 5%

Do any players have no-trade clauses (NTC) to void any deal they may be a part of?
First off, no player has an existing NTC written up in their current deals. Bron does not have one in the 2yr extension he signed in Dec 2020. Therefore, he will not have one included in a potential extension he signs this offseason. In order for Bron to receive a NTC in his contract, he wound have to play out his current deal and sign a new deal next offseason (ie summer 2023), that includes a NTC within that new deal. Any extension he signs this summer will not have a NTC within it.

Any player on a new 1 year expiring deal that is working on their early bird or full bird rights with that team has a built in NTC into their deal. If Nunn opts out and signs a 1 year deal, he has a NTC built into that contract. If our other current non-bird players get similar 1 year bird restriction deals, then they too will all have NTCs built in. Jones (as a two-way) will also have a NTC built into his 1yr QO, if he bypasses on a multi-year new deal.

What future picks do we still have left to offer?
Stepien rule states you can trade future picks up to 7 years in advance and you must be left with one pick every 2 years ie can’t trade future picks in consecutive years. So in terms of current future 1st round picks that we can trade, we only have control of sending out our 2027, 2028 and/or 2029 1st round picks without any conditions (ie unconditional, but can’t be sent out in consecutive years ie ‘27 & ‘28 or ‘28 & ‘29) and also being able to set up pick swaps the lowest among Pels, us and our potential trade partner for 2023, along with 2026 to 2029 depending on which pick(s) we decide to trade as an unconditional future pick. As for future 2nd round picks we can trade, we still have our own 2023, 2025, 2027, 2028 and 2029 2nd rounders along with Chicago’s 2023 2nd, the less favorable between Washington & Memphis’s 2024 2nd and Washington’s 2028 2nd.

I sincerely hope that covers most of the prudent talking points as we head into the offseason. I hope more members can elaborate, correct and contribute to this discussion as we head into next year with hopefully a more robust and impactful roster.


CBS’s Sam Quinn CBA Glossary
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Base Year Compensation: A rule that applies to most players who are signed-and-traded. If a signed-and-traded player signs for more than the minimum, gets a raise of 20 percent or more and is joining a team above the cap, then that player's salary, purely for the sake of matching purposes in the trade, is different for the trading and acquiring teams. For the trading team, his outgoing salary counts as only 50 percent of his new salary or 100 percent of his previous salary, whichever number is greater. For the acquiring team, his incoming salary counts for whatever his new salary would be.

Bi-Annual exception: A cap exception that allows teams to sign a free agent to a contract above the minimum even if they are above the cap. This exception can be used only once every two years, and using it triggers a hard cap. Bi-annual contracts can last two years, and the projected amount for this exception in the 2022-23 season is $4,050,000.

Bird Rights: A cap exception that allows teams to go above the salary cap in order to retain their own free agents up to a predetermined salary. The amount a team is allowed to pay its players using Bird Rights depends on both his previous salary and how many years he's gone without changing teams through free agency. There are three kinds of Bird Rights.

-Non-Bird Rights apply to players who have not changed teams through free agency for only one season. Teams are allowed to offer them up to 120 percent of their previous salary without using another exception.

-Early Bird Rights apply to players who have not changed teams through free agency for two seasons. Teams are allowed to offer them up to 175 percent of their previous salary or 105 percent of the average player's salary in the previous season, whichever is greater, without using another exception.

-Full Bird Rights apply to players who have not changed teams through free agency for three seasons. Teams are allowed to offer these players anything up to their maximum salary.

Buyout: An agreement between a player that is still under contract and his team to mutually part ways wherein the player agrees to surrender some amount of the salary that he is still owed. The player then becomes an unrestricted free agent once he clears waivers. The player's former salary remains on the team's books as dead money, minus however much he gave up in the buyout.

Cap hold: The placeholder figure a team's own free agent counts against their salary cap until he either signs a new contract or has his rights renounced. This figure varies from player to player based on a variety of factors. So long as a team retains the rights to a player, they are free to use whatever Bird Rights they have to go above the cap to re-sign that player. If they renounce that player, his cap hold goes off of the books and they can only re-sign him using a cap exception.

Hard cap: A team salary figure (set at the apron) that, once triggered, cannot be crossed for any reason. A hard cap can be triggered in one of three ways:
A team uses the non-taxpayer mid-level exception.
A team uses the bi-annual exception.
A team acquires a player through a sign-and-trade.

July moratorium: A six-day accounting period at the beginning of July during which the league determines the exact figures for the cap, luxury tax line, exceptions and more. Players and teams are free to negotiate during this period, but no moves can officially be made. No agreements made during this period are technically binding, but they are very rarely broken (with DeAndre Jordan being the most notable example).

Luxury tax: A team salary figure that, once passed, forces the offending team to pay a fine to the league that is then dispersed amongst the teams that stayed below the line. The projected 2022-23 luxury tax line is $149 million. The formula that determines how big that fine is can be found here.

Luxury tax apron: A team salary figure that is typically around $6 million above the tax line that under certain circumstances triggers a hard cap. The projected apron for the 2022-23 season is $155.7 million.

Maximum salary: A player salary figure that determines the highest amount he can be paid. A player's individual maximum salary is based on a combination of experience and accomplishments. There are four types of max contracts:

-The lowest bracket of max contracts allows a player to be paid 25 percent of that season's salary cap in the first year of the deal. Most players with between 4-6 years of experience are eligible for this max. This tier of max contract will be worth a projected $30,500,000 for the 2022-23 season.

-The middle bracket of max contracts allows a player to be paid 30 percent of that season's salary cap in the first year of the deal. Most players with between 7-9 years of experience are eligible for this max, along with 4-6-year players signing extensions with their incumbent teams who have qualified for the Derrick Rose Rule by making an All-NBA team in the most recent season or two of the three most recent seasons, winning Defensive Player of the Year in that same timeframe, or winning MVP in any of the past three seasons. This tier of max contract will be worth a projected $36,600,000 for the 2022-23 season.

-The highest bracket of max contracts, often referred to as the "super max," allows a player to be paid 35 percent of that season's salary cap in the first year of a deal. Any player with 10 or more seasons of experience is eligible for this max, as well as 7-9-year players who have qualified for the Designated Veteran provision by meeting any of the same criteria used for the Derrick Rose Rule, with the added caveat that the player can only sign such a contract with a team that drafted them or traded for them during the first four seasons of their career. This tier of max contract will be worth a projected $42,700,000 for the 2022-23 season.

-Any player is always eligible to earn 105 percent of their salary in the previous season, regardless of whether or not that number exceeds what would otherwise be his maximum salary.

Mid-Level exception: A cap exception that allows teams to sign one or multiple free agents to contracts above the minimum salary even if they are above the cap. There are three different mid-level exceptions. Teams may only use one of them, and the one(s) they have access to depends on their overall finances:

-The cap-room mid-level exception is given to teams that were far enough below the cap to spend cap space on free agents. It can be used to sign contracts no longer than two years, and the projected amount for this exception in the 2022-23 season is $5,329,000.

-The taxpayer mid-level exception can be used by any team operating above the salary cap, but is traditionally used by the most expensive ones. It offers a lower salary, but does not trigger a hard cap. It can be used to sign contracts no longer than three years, and the projected amount for this exception in the 2022-23 season is $6,392,000.

-The non-taxpayer mid-level exception can be used by any team operating above the salary cap, but must be wielded with caution, as any team that does use it is hard-capped at the apron. It can be used to sign contracts for up to four years, and the projected amount for this exception in the 2022-23 season is $10,349,000.

Minimum salary: A player salary figure that determines the lowest amount he can be paid. So long as a team is not hard-capped and has an open roster spot, there is no limit to the number of minimum-salaried players that team can sign. A player's individual minimum salary depends on his experience. With each year of NBA experience a player earns, his minimum increases. For our purposes, two figures matter most:

-The rookie minimum is the figure often given to second-round picks and undrafted players. It rises or falls by whatever percentage the salary cap rises or fell in that same season. The projected rookie minimum salary for the 2022-23 season is $1,004,159.

-The two-year veteran's minimum. When a team signs any player with two or more years of experience to a one-year contract, the team only pays that player the minimum for a second-year player. The NBA reimburses the team for the rest, and the difference does not count against the salary cap. This rule exists to minimize financial bias against older players. Most of the minimum-salary free agents you see sign this offseason will count for this figure. The projected two-year veteran's minimum for the 2022-23 season is $1,811,516.

Salary cap: A figure that is determined based on league revenue which determines how much money teams are allowed to spend acquiring players through either trades or free agency from other teams without using salary-cap exceptions. A team below the line may spend freely in the free agent or trade markets until it reaches that line. A team above the line can only add salary through either the traded player exception or one of the exceptions we are going to cover below. The projected 2022-23 salary cap is currently $122 million. The final number will be determined during the July moratorium.

Sign-and-trade: An agreement between a player, his original team and a new team in which the player re-signs with his original team only to be immediately traded to a new one. The acquiring team will then be subjected to a hard cap. The trade must meet the same salary-matching criteria that a typical trade would. The contract must be signed with the original team using either cap space or a cap exception.

Stretch provision: A mechanism by which teams can waive players that are under contract and stretch the money he is owed across twice the number of years remaining on his contract, plus one. For example: say a player is owed $20 million over two more seasons. If that player is stretched, that team would pay him $4 million per year for the next five years. The player's cap figure lowers accordingly, and he becomes an unrestricted free agent once he clears waivers.

https://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/nba-salary-cap-explained-glossary-for-the-terms-you-need-to-know-ahead-of-basketball-free-agency/

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2022 9:16 am    Post subject:

Appears we got some new projections for this coming 2022/23 season:

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The NBA's salary cap for the 2022-23 season is projected to come in at roughly $123.6 million, sources told ESPN. That is an $11.6 million increase from last year's salary cap figure of $112 million.


Current Annual Salary Cap Increase: 10% max increase
2022/23 Salary cap: 123.6m
Luxury tax threshold: 150.3m
Cap apron (aka hard cap): 157.3m
Incomplete roster cap charge (till 12 spots)/rookie min: 1m
1 season vet min: 1.6m & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
2+ seasoned vet min: 1.8m cap hit (league incentivizes the difference) & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
BAE (biannual exception): 4.1m & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
rMLE (room exception): 5.5m (only available if we operate as a team w/cap space) & up to 2 years in length with 5% annual escalators
tpMLE (taxpayer exception): 6.5m & up to 3 years in length with 5% annual escalators
ntpMLE (non-taxpayer exception): 10.5m & up to 4 years in length with 5% annual escalators
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2022 10:04 am    Post subject:

Do the new maxed out projections mean the Lakers can use the ntpMLE (10.5m) & the BAE (4.1m) instead of just the tpMLE (6.5m), even at the risk of being hardcapped for the season?

We could unlock the use of the hardcap triggering ntpMLE & BAE as follows:

1) Bron 44.5m
2) AD 38m
3) THT 10.3m
4) MaxC (1m portion of ntpMLE, but hardcap math counts him as) 1.8m
5) Player using rest of ntpMLE 9.5m
6) Nunn 5.3m
7) BAE 4.1m
8) Stan 2.4m
9) Gabriel 1.9m (nonguaranteed till 1/10/23)
10) Reaves 1.6m (nonguaranteed till 1/10/23)
11) 2+ seasoned vet min 1.8m
12) vet min 1.8m
13) vet min 1.8m
14) vet min 1.8m
= team salary of 126.6m meaning we have about 30m in wiggle before hitting the cap apron of 157m

So that 15th roster spot could be a player that makes up to 30m in salary. So we either trade Russ for such a player or we (are forced to) keep Russ and move off about 17m in net salary using our other players. Remember it has to be a net 17 salary shred meaning THT/Nunn/Gabriel aggregate to get you to 17m in salary, but those 3 would have to be filled by vet min deals (@ roughly 1.8m per) leading to more of a net 12m in salary shredding…meaning we would have to shed some more deals off our books.

So unlocking the ntpMLE/BAE is doable, but will be tough to pull off unless we figure out how to move off of Russ’s deal and replace it with 30m type deal(s).

Also rumor has it we’re gunning for Buddy again. If we target a player that has “unlikely” incentives in their deal (and he does), you have to also calculate that into the hardcap math.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 30, 2022 2:49 pm    Post subject:

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Salary projections in 2023-24 are:

Cap: $133M
Tax: $161M

https://twitter.com/BobbyMarks42/status/1542640750197964801


Current projection: 7.6% increase of a possible max 10% (ie salary cap of 136m)
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2022 12:21 am    Post subject:

Current roster as of July 1st 2022

1) Russ (Player Option exercised) 47.1m
2) Bron 44.5m
3) AD 38m
4) THT 10.3m
5) Walker IV (full tpMLE) 6.5m
6) Nunn (PO exercised) 5.3m
7) Stanley (Team Option exercised) 2.4m
8) Gabriel (TO exercised; nonguaranteed till 1/10/23) 1.9m
9) Reaves (TO exercised; nonguaranteed till 1/10/23) 1.6m
10) Damian (2yr vet min w/2nd yr PO) 1.8m
11) Brown Jr. (vet min) 1.8m
12) JTA (vet min) 1.8m
13) MaxC (projected to sign 2yr rookie min deal) 1m
= team salary of 164m
= tax bill of 25.5m (13.7m over the tax threshold of 150.3m)
= total team salary + luxury tax of 189.5m

FYI: in order to be a repeat tax offender facing more punitive tax rates, a team would have to be a tax payer in 3 of the previous 4 seasons.
2019/20: not a tax payer
2020/21: tax payer
2021/22: tax payer
2022/23: projected to be a tax payer
2023/24: repeat tax offender eligible

Which is why the 2023 cap plan exists, to purge our books and possibly duck or minimize the repeater tax
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