Bulls might waive Nate Robinson to save money (and possibly for another reason, one for which I have no evidence)
December 19th, 2012

K.C. Johnson reports that the Bulls, despite being a number four seed without having their MVP on the court, are sorely tempted to waive Nate Robinson. In one of the most unheralded high quality moves of the summer – unheralded because the dominant Bullsean narrative of the summer was rightly one of cost-cutting and player-dumping […]

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Nazr Mohammed and Trade Kickers
December 4th, 2012

Even though he signed a one year minimum salary contract using the Minimum Salary Exception, Nazr Mohammed has a 15% trade kicker in his current contract. Trade kickers in contracts are somewhat rare. They are particularly rare in small contracts, as becomes obvious upon a study of the current trade kickers in the league today: […]

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Addendum to Teague story: the Bulls's salary cap picture, and how it came to be
August 2nd, 2012

When the new maximum salary figures came in, Derrick Rose’s 2012/13 maximum salary contract went from $15,506,632 to $16,402,500, an increase of as-near-as-is $900,000. Luol Deng’s salary went down by $60,000, but that barely offsets the increases, and it’s an increase that put the Bulls right up against the “apron”. After all the roster turnover, […]

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Marquis Teague is still unsigned, and you're probably not going to like why
August 1st, 2012

Of the 30 first rounders drafted in June, 29 have signed their rookie scale contracts. There are to be no international draft-and-stashes in the first round this year; 29 are signed and ready to play in the NBA next year, while the other one should be. The 30th player, the lone unsigned warrior, is Marquis […]

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Omer Asik should still be a Bull (and Landry Fields should still be a Knick)
July 28th, 2012

Omer Asik is now officially a Rocket, his offer sheet (identical to that of Jeremy Lin’s) going unmatched by Chicago. This gives Houston an absolute defensive wall at the centre position, someone who last year was one of the best defensive big men in the league. On a par with Dwight Howard and Tyson Chandler, […]

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Without Looking, Guess Which Seven Teams Have Never Paid The Luxury Tax
July 26th, 2012

……OK, now look. I have compiled a spreadsheet containing to-the-dollar information on all luxury tax paid to date. In the 11 seasons since the luxury tax was created, it has been applicable in nine seasons; in those nine seasons, 23 NBA franchises have paid over $850 million in payroll excess. The exact details can be […]

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Orlando's TPEs
July 26th, 2012

Before the sign-and-trade of Ryan Anderson to New Orleans, Orlando had one TPE, totalling $4.25 million, created in the Glen Davis/Brandon Bass trade of last offseason. That $4.25 million TPE is set to expire on December 12th. Orlando used some of that TPE in the Anderson deal to absorb the returning salary of the criminally […]

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The Jeremy Pargo trade was a salary dump
July 26th, 2012

Whatever you may feel about Jeremy Pargo – personally, I’m quite shocked at how poor his rookie season was and firmly believe he could do considerably better given a faster paced team with better spacing – it is only important to know that in today’s trade featuring him, he was merely a salary. So too […]

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2011/12 Luxury Tax Payers
July 25th, 2012

Here is the official list of tax paying teams, and their amounts paid, in the 2011/12 NBA season. Los Angeles Lakers: $12,557,264. Boston Celtics: $7,365,867. Miami Heat: $6,129,340. Dallas Mavericks: $2,738,843. San Antonio Spurs: $2,514,275. Atlanta Hawks: $666,199. Total: $31,971,788 By opting to keep Jerry Stackhouse for the full year, then, Atlanta paid the price. […]

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Tim Duncan also may or may not be about to get a pay rise
July 22nd, 2012

This post is essentially an addendum to this previous post. That post talked about an NBA contract that had accidentally been created and ratified in violation of a Collective Bargaining Agreement. Specifically, it talked about Zach Randolph and the Memphis Grizzlies. It appears now, however, that that is not the only instance of the rule […]

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