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Projecting 2015 and 2016 Max-Salary Tiers


The maximum salary a team can pay a specific player in free agency is based on their years of service in the NBA.

With the current salary cap of $63.1 million, the league has three maximum tiers. For players with up to six years’ experience, they can earn up to $14.7 million in the first year of a new contract; seven to nine max at $17.7 million; 10-years or more allows for up to $20.6 million.

The NBA projects the salary cap will climb to $67.4 million for the 2015-16 season, bumping the max numbers to approximately $15.8 million, $18.9 million and $22.1 million.

The league also has a new national television deal kicking in for the 2016-17 season, which is now projected to raise the salary cap to $90 million, along with maximum salaries to roughly $21.0 million, $25.3 million and $29.5 million.

Players, and certainly their agents, are well aware of the expected jump, which could have a significant impact on contracts this summer. Many may choose to sign a “one-and-one” deal, a two-year contract with a player opt-out before the second — allowing them in turn to take home a more lucrative, long-term deal in 2016.

The NBA and players may also opt out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2017, leading to a new set of rules (eventually) that will likely impact salary structure — making the timing of the 2016 goldmine even more vital for players.

The following is a list of many of the top free agents over the next couple of years, and where they land among the maximum-salary tiers:

2015-16 Bottom Tier (~$15.8 Million)

Kawhi Leonard (restricted free agent), Danny Green – San Antonio Spurs

Greg Monroe, Reggie Jackson (RFA) – Detroit Pistons

Jimmy Butler (RFA) – Chicago Bulls

Draymond Green (RFA) – Golden State Warriors

Enes Kanter (RFA) – Oklahoma City Thunder

Tobias Harris (RFA) – Orlando Magic

Brandon Knight (RFA) – Phoenix Suns

Wesley Matthews – Portland Trail Blazers

Omer Asik – New Orleans Pelicans

2015-16 Middle Tier (~$18.9 Million)

Kevin Love (player option) – Cleveland Cavaliers

Marc Gasol, Jeff Green (PO) – Memphis Grizzlies

LaMarcus Aldridge, Robin Lopez, Arron Afflalo (PO) – Portland Trail Blazers

DeAndre Jordan – Los Angeles Clippers

Goran Dragic (PO) – Miami HEAT

Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers (PO)

Rajon Rondo – Dallas Mavericks

Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks

2015-16 Top Tier (~$22.1 Million)

LeBron James (PO) – Cleveland Cavaliers

Dwyane Wade (PO), Luol Deng (PO) – Miami HEAT

Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili – San Antonio Spurs

Monta Ellis (PO), Tyson Chandler – Dallas Mavericks

Al Jefferson (PO) – Charlotte Hornets

Amir Johnson – Toronto Raptors

2016-17 Bottom Tier (~$21.0 Million)

Anthony Davis (RFA) – New Orleans Pelicans

Damian Lillard (RFA) – Portland Trail Blazers

Andre Drummond (RFA) – Detroit Pistons

Hassan Whiteside – Miami HEAT

Bradley Beal (RFA) – Washington Wizards

Harrison Barnes (RFA) – Golden State Warriors

Jonas Valanciunas (RFA) – Toronto Raptors

2016-17 Middle Tier (~$25.3 Million)

Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder

Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls

Al Horford – Atlanta Hawks

Mike Conley – Memphis Grizzlies

DeMar DeRozan (PO) – Toronto Raptors

Danilo Gallinari – Denver Nuggets

Ryan Anderson – New Orleans Pelicans

Brandon Jennings – Detroit Pistons

Nicolas Batum – Portland Trail Blazers

2016-17 Top Tier (~$29.5 Million)

Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers

Dwight Howard (PO) – Houston Rockets

Pau Gasol (PO) – Chicago Bulls

Nene – Washington Wizards

Joe Johnson, Deron Williams (early termination option) – Brooklyn Nets

Patient Tier Jumpers?

A one-year deal (or one-and-one) for players like Aldridge, Millsap or Rondo this summer will make either eligible for a jump to the top tier in 2016.

The same can be said of Danny Green and Matthews, although neither are likely to get max offers.

Brook Lopez and Love can both wait a year to take advantage of the higher cap, but will stay middle-tier max players for either summer.

Note that if a player is finishing a contract above the league maximum, they can sign a new contract with a five percent bump in pay, even if it’s over the next season’s max.
http://www.basketballinsiders.com/projecting-2015-2016-max-salary-tiers/
 

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Clippers acquire Lance Stephenson from Charlotte Hornets, in return Hornets get Matt Barnes and Spencer Hawes.

Milwaukee Bucks acquire Caron Butler, Shawne Williams from Detroit Pistons.In return Detroit get Ersan Ilyasova.
 

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for Anthony Davis I think the Derrick Rose rule will apply (players who have won regular season MVP, or two All-NBA team selections or 2 All Star starter berths can sign for 30% of the cap for their 5th season).

So all he needs is either an All Star starting spot or All-NBA Team nomination (doesn't even have to be First team, Third Team is enough). Which he'll get if he steers clear of injuries. So in case of $90M cap he could make $27M in his 5th year already.
 

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For me, I'd like for the Kings to draft Willie Cauley-Stein. He gives us the defensive monster alongside Cousins we've needed. Then hopefully we can sign a decent SG like Lou Williams and see the continued development of Ben McLemore/Nik Stauskas.

Starters:

Darren Collison
Lou Williams
Rudy Gay
Jason Thompson (until WCS develops)
DeMarcus Cousins

Key Bench:

Omri Casspi, Ben McLemore, WCS, Andre Miller :)D)
 

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Clippers unveil new logo:



looks like somebody did it in 10 minutes in MS Paint :D although it does have some old school retro feeling in it. But Clippers old logo was IMO among the best in the league anyway.
 

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Yeah it's a whacky logo approved by a whacky owner (in all goodness of the word) and it's not getting good reception here in LA at all. Especially when the old logo like Andy says was good enough. Not sure how i feel about the unis either, i think i like the white one but im not sure.

 

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those unis look shopped so maybe the real ones will be better...

but I really can't figure out who thought writing Clippers with that font and in black will look good. It doesn't.
 

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I hate the new logo but the last one was a copy/paste of the Lakers logo.

It's hilarious how the fan-made logos are always better than the official ones. All three of those look better than the official LAC logo.
 

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Lakers are after Butler. He's restricted so the Bulls can match any offer, but not sure if they will match any short-team deals. Butler feels he's getting low balled by the 5 year 80MM deal Bulls plan to offer him, since he is looking for a short term deal so he can sign for a more money 2 years later when the salary cap increases.

Given their young core of Clarkson, Randle and Okafor are on cap friendly rookie scale contract, the Lakers have the cap flexibility to go after marquee players with max salary contracts. If they manage to pull off the Butler deal this year, they will be the kind of low-seed playoff teams everyone wants to avoid. And if they can follow up with signing Durant next summer they will be instant contenders.

2015:
PG: Clarkson
SG: Kobe
SF: Butler
PF: Randle
C: Okafor

2016:
PG: Clarkson
SG: Butler
SF: Durant
PF: Randle
C: Okafor
 

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I thought the Laker were drafting Porzingis :D The 2015 Darko to Okafor's Melo.
 

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Porzingis will be off the boards when the Lakers pick given he's the kind of white European guy that Minny likes to stash in Europe for a couple of year before bringing to the NBA :D

Seriously, unless Saunders have a severe brainfart, you can expect Towns to be the first overall pick.
 

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers' mother dies in Illinois

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The mother of Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers has died in Illinois.

The Clippers say Bettye Rivers died Friday. The team didn't release a cause of death or Bettye Rivers' age.

Clippers guard Austin Rivers, who is Doc's son and Bettye's grandson, posted a photo of the trio on his Instagram account.

Austin Rivers wrote: ''We all loved you and will miss you. But you will always be in our hearts Bettye. May you RIP.''

Bettye Rivers' funeral service will be held next Thursday at the Second Baptist Church in Maywood, Illinois.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/clippers-coach-doc-rivers-mother-dies-illinois-212843591--nba.html



Greg Oden attempting another comeback to the NBA ( http://espn.go.com/dallas/nba/story/_/id/13121177/former-no-1-overall-pick-greg-oden-participate-dallas-mavericks-free-agent-minicamp )


Charles Barkley mother dies in Alabama as well ( http://www.nba.com/2015/news/06/19/charles-barkleys-mother-dies-at-her-home-in-alabama.ap/ )
 

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Dante Exum tears ACL in knee...

he was one of the worst players in the league last year so missing development time will be a tough blow
 
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