In the NBA, things are not always as straight-forward as they appear to be at-first.
During the 2006-2007 season, yours truly was thoroughly lambasted by other Raptors fans for suggesting that the Dinos were actually getting the poor end of this specific deal.
Well … almost 2 full years later … other NBA observers who this corner respects – and who are more knowledgeable concerning the League’s Salary Cap & Luxury Tax Threshold Rules – are now beginning to examine the possible pitfalls associated with having a serviceable NBA player like Kris Humphries on the books for a team, to the tune of $3.something Million per season, as a Salary Cap hit, heading toward the anticipated 2010 Free Agent bonanza.
Here’s a piece from Dave [nabroundtable] … which you might enjoy.
Raptors’ 2010 Salary Situation
A couple of notes:
- One can see quite clearly how damaging Kapono’s + Humphries’ contracts are. Getting those two contracts off the books could save $10mil and open up all types of possibilities for the Raptors.
- The Bargnani figure is only a cap hold. That figure is only relevant until they either sign him to a contract extension or waive his bird rights (making him unrestricted in the process). Once they sign him to a contract extension that number will take it’s place there – for example, if Bargnani signs for $10mil, then the Raps have another $5.5mil to play with.
[NOTE: Be sure to read the comments section, as well.]
Then, again … perhaps not, if you’re a die-hard fan of this team.