After jumping by 5.77% a year ago, the maximum salary for NBA players increased by a much more modest amount this year — about 1%. Here's a breakdown of how this season's maximum salaries compare to last season's, via cap expert Larry Coon (Twitter link):
These changes to the maximum salary won't have an impact on players like Dwight Howard or Chris Paul, whose salaries had already exceeded the max and been previously established. However, they'll have an effect on James Harden and Blake Griffin, who signed max-salary extensions last offseason with the Rockets and Clippers respectively. Those new deals will take effect this coming season, and will use the new max figures.
Because Griffin was voted to two All-Star teams during his rookie-scale contract, he's eligible for the "Derrick Rose Rule" extension, which means he'll earn the max for a player with seven to nine years of experience. Harden will earn the standard max for a player with one to six years of experience. Here's how the two deals will break down: