Six NBA teams are currently below the league’s minimum salary floor of $84.729MM, but a league spokesman tells Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal that the NBA expects all – or almost all – of those clubs to exceed the floor by the end of the 2016/17 league year. Two of those teams, the 76ers and Nets, are in the Atlantic division, with Philadelphia at about $65MM in guaranteed salary while Brooklyn has nearly $76MM in guarantees on its books.
Net Income of NetsDaily is somewhat skeptical that the Nets will add another $7MM+ to their cap by April, pointing to quotes by GM Sean Marks from earlier in the offseason. It’s possible a team will want to dump salary in a trade with Brooklyn, but the rising cap means that fewer teams need to make that sort of in-season move. And as the NetsDaily report notes, there’s not much incentive for Brooklyn to get up to the cap unless the club gets something out of it — the only penalty for failing to spend the minimum is that a team must pay the difference to its own players.
Here’s more from around the Atlantic:
- When the Knicks acquired Derrick Rose in a June trade with the Bulls, the point guard’s legal issues weren’t really a part of the conversation. However, as Steve Popper of USA Today writes, that has changed since Rose’s deposition in a civil suit was released last week. While Rose has maintained his innocence, parts of his testimony are “troublesome” and raise additional questions about the Knicks’ decision to acquire him, says Popper.
- Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insiders takes a look at another Atlantic point guard, examining Kyle Lowry‘s situation in Toronto. Lowry will have the opportunity to hit free agency in 2017, and after locking up DeMar DeRozan this summer, the Raptors will have to decide how heavily they’re willing to invest in their other All-Star guard, who will turn 31 in March.
- Joakim Noah‘s father is excited to see his son joining the Knicks for the 2016/17 season, per Stefan Bondy of The New York Daily News. “It’s hard to find the words. You just feel blessed basically because when he was young and used to go to games together, that was his dream,” Yannick Noah, a former tennis champion, said at the U.S. Open this weekend. “Posters in the bedroom. Autographs. That was his dream. Knicks.”