And-Ones: Tax Projections, Bargain Signings, Ennis

By waiving and stretching Kyle Singler, the Thunder will reduce their projected tax bill to about $73.75MM, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, who lists the current penalties for the other clubs above the tax line as well. As Marks observes, teams hovering near the tax line should make every effort to finish the season below that threshold, since the non-taxpayers will be in line for a financial windfall. Currently, the league’s 22 non-taxpaying teams project to receive $4.88MM apiece in distribution money from eight taxpayers.

Let’s round up a few more odds and ends from around the basketball world…

  • While the usual suspects like DeMarcus Cousins and Isaiah Thomas top Jesse Blancarte’s Basketball Insiders list of this summer’s most team-friendly contracts, Blancarte also identifies Ed Davis (Nets), Greg Monroe (Raptors), and Seth Curry (Trail Blazers) as potential bargains.
  • Having signed with Fenerbahce earlier this summer, former Lakers point guard Tyler Ennis is excited about joining the Turkish powerhouse, as Antonis Stroggylakis of relays. “I started to got messages from our fans before I signed my contract,” Ennis told FB TV. “That was a huge support for me in that process. I can’t wait to get on the court and show them what I got.”
  • Jamal Murray (Nuggets), Brandon Ingram (Lakers), and Jaylen Brown (Celtics) are among the potential breakout players named by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders in an article on players who could take a third-year leap.
  • A number of star players can hit free agency in 2019 and there should be plenty of teams with cap room available. Danny Leroux of The Athletic suggests that another interesting factor related to 2019’s free agent period involves all the star players who are already on long-term contracts. A team like the Lakers, for instance, with LeBron James locked up through at least 2021, will be able to sell potential targets on “a finished product rather than patience and possibility,” Leroux writes.
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