Blatche and Wizards salary cap 101

Blatche and Wizards salary cap 101
July 11, 2012, 1:31 pm
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Upon becoming anNBA fan many moons ago, I was told that there would be not math, well, outside of determining scoring averages and such. So whenever the headlines veer into salary cap and luxury tax land, eye rolling commences. What I can say with certainty, because the NBA released the information,is the following: The Salary Cap for the 2012-13 season will be 58.044 million. The tax level for the 2012-13 season has been set at 70.307 million. Any team whose team salary exceeds that figure will pay a 1 tax for each 1 by which it exceeds 70.307 million. The Salary Cap and tax level, both of which are unchanged from 2011-12 amounts, go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 11, when the league's "moratorium period" ends and teams can begin signing free agents and making trades. The minimum team salary, which is set at 85 percent of the Salary Cap, is 49.337 million for the 2012-13 season. Three different mid-level exceptions depending on a team's salary level. The non-taxpayer mid-level for this season is 5.0 million, the taxpayer mid-level is 3.09 million and the mid-level for a team with room under the Salary Cap is 2.575 million.Lots of numbers there and from I can tell, nothing terribly surprising, at least with the salary cap and tax news.Now the question is what does any of thismean for the Wizards. For that kind of help, I tag in SBNation's Mike Prada."It's now becoming more clear just where the Wizards stand against that number. According to my calculations, the Wizards are currently paying 60,239,472 to 12 players, including first-round draft pick Bradley Beal. They also currently have cap holds worth 854,389 to five free agents: Brian Cook, Cartier Martin, Roger Mason, James Singleton and Morris Almond. "The Wizards can release any of those cap holds to change their salary-cap number, but doing so would remove all Bird Rights they'd have to the player, meaning they could only re-sign them using exceptions such as the mid-level and bi-annual."Of those five free agents, bringing back Martin and Mason makes the most depth chart and need sense with Singleton not far behind.Prada also delves into the financial impact of using or not using the available amnesty clause on Andray Blatche. One day after a leading NBA salary cap expert forecasted the Wizards not using the option on Blatche or anyone else, some outlets are reporting the Wizardsare analyzing the scenario with "renewed consideration."Obviously much of the argument for jettisoning Blatche involves more than dollars, at least to those not tasked with stroking a 23 million check. Prada'sbasic conclusion? Any "immediate salary-cap space gained is negligible" and not enough to supersede the team likely using the mid-level exception as their primary free agent option."I think this is why you see some reluctance to immediately using the amnesty clause on Blatche," Prada wrote. "For all the very relevant non-cap reasons to let him go, it's not like the Wizards could use his 7.2-million salary on someone else.",

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