Odds & Ends: Luxury Tax, Mavs, Draft, Wiggins

Tonight's look around the Association as we approach Thursday's trade deadline..

  • In his latest blog entry on CBA FAQ, Larry Coon looks at the cumulative effects of the luxury tax on teams.  Going back to 2002, the Warriors, Bobcats, and Bulls have been the biggest beneficiaries of the tax pool.  Meanwhile, the Mavericks and Knicks have been amongst the most penalized in the league, paying $192.8MM and $150.4MM, respecitvely.
  • The 2013 NBA Draft class is so weak that more than a half dozen prospects from the 2014 Draft class would go No. 1 this year, one NBA GM told Adam Zagoria of SNY.  “It’s a historically weak draft that, as a result, you’re going to see a lot more guys putting their name in knowing they’ll go higher in this draft, even though they may not be ready, just because next year’s class has such incredible depth that they could actually play better and improve and drop their draft status next year,” said the GM.
  • Speaking of the 2014 draft, Canada's Andrew Wiggins figures to be the top selection.  The 6-foot-8 forward could just be the tip of the iceberg when it comes to strong talent from north of the border, Zagoria writes.

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