Just In Case: A LeBron/Wade/Bosh-Less Plan for the Knicks

February 20th, 2010 by Lou Cappetta Leave a reply »
Now that the dust has cleared from the frenzy that was the 2009-10 NBA trading deadline, fans of NBA teams everywhere now have a clearer picture of what their team will look like for the rest of this season.

What may not be as clear, however, is how your favorite team is situated in terms of salary cap space for the upcoming "Summer of LeBron."

The NBA salary cap is arguably the most complex in all of sports.

First, it's a soft cap, meaning that teams are still eligible to play even if they're total team salary exceeds the cap.

Not confused yet? Well, next there seems to be an exemption for almost everything. There's a mid level exemption, meaning a team that is over the cap can sign one player per year at an amount the NBA determines as a "middle ground" of all salaries.

Next, there is the Bird exemption, which allows allows team to resign their own player for any amount up to the maximum allowed salary, even if they are over the cap. Then there's a rookie exemption, and bi-annual exemption, and so on.

It can get confusing, even for the best capologists. There is so much misinformation out there, it's very d ...

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