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NBA Salary Cap Projected To Increase By 7.7 Percent

The NBA 2014-15 salary cap is now projected to be $63.2 million and the tax level is projected to be $77.0 million. The numbers for 2015-16 are now projected to be $66.5 million and $81.0 million, respectively.

The official numbers won't come out until July when the NBA conducts its audit.

The salary cap and luxury tax values for the current season are $58.679 million and $71.748 million, respectively, which means the new cap projection for next season represents a 7.7% increase over this season. 

The original revenue forecast for 2014-15 was $4.66 billion, so with an actual revenue of $4.75 billion, the players would get 60.5% of the difference, or $54.45 million, on top of their 50% guarantee ($2,33 billion), for a total of about $2.384 billion. 

The increase could make signing Carmelo Anthony far more viable for the Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls.

Via Larry Coon/CBAFaq

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Nick Calathes Suspended 20 Games For Supplement Use

Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for a violation of the NBA's Anti-Drug policy.

The suspension will begin immediately.

A source says Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, which was part of an over-the-counter athletic supplement he had used.

The NBA's lab results showed no traces of testosterone or PED in the supplement.

"There was no intent here," said a league source.

David Joerger and the Memphis Grizzlies will be without Calathes in the playoffs.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Ties Broken For 2014 NBA Draft Selection Order

The NBA broke five ties for teams with identical records to help determine the selection order for the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Utah Jazz won a tiebreaker over the Boston Celtics.

The Brooklyn Nets won a tiebreaker the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will receive the pick from the Nets, while the Phoenix Suns receive the Wizards' pick.

The Chicago Bulls on a tiebreaker over the Toronto Raptors.

The Portland Trail Blazers won a tiebreaker with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. The Rockets then won a tiebreaker with the Heat.

Milwaukee 15-67 (.183) // 250
Philadelphia 19-63 (.232) // 199
Orlando 23-59 (.280) // 156
Utah 25-57 (.305) // 104
Boston 25-57 (.305) // 103
LA Lakers 27-55 (.329) // 63
Sacramento 28-54 (.341) // 43
Detroit (1) 29-53 (.354) // 28
Cleveland 33-49 (.402) // 17
New Orleans (2) 34-48 (.415) // 11
Denver (3) 36-46 (.439) // 8
New York (To Denver or to Orlando via Denver) 37-45 (.451) // 7
Minnesota (4) 40-42 (.488) // 6
Phoenix 48-34 (.585) // 5

The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
15. Atlanta 38-44 (.463)
16. Charlotte (To Chicago) 43-39 (.524)
17. Brooklyn (To Boston) 44-38 (.537)
18. Washington (To Phoenix) 44-38 (.537)
19. Chicago 48-34 (.585)
20. Toronto 48-34 (.585)
21. Dallas (To Oklahoma City via Houston and LA Lakers) 49-33 (.598)
22. Memphis 50-32 (.610)
23. Golden State (To Utah) 51-31 (.622)
24. Portland (To Charlotte) 54-28 (.659)
25. Houston 54-28 (.659)
26. Miami 54-28 (.659)
27. Indiana (To Phoenix) 56-26 (.683)
28. LA Clippers 57-25 (.695)
29. Oklahoma City 59-23 (.720)
30. San Antonio 62-20 (.756)

2014 Second Round Draft Choice Order
31. Milwaukee
32. Philadelphia
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34/35. Boston (To Dallas)
34/35. Utah
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
38. Detroit
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
41. Denver
42. New York (To Houston)
43. Atlanta
44. Minnesota
45. Charlotte
46. Washington
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
49. Chicago
50. Phoenix
51. Dallas
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
55. Miami
56. Portland (To Denver)
57. Indiana
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio

Via RealGM Staff Report

Jazz Deny Reported Firing Of Ty Corbin

The Utah Jazz denied a New York Daily News report Friday that Ty Corbin has been fired as head coach.

"Not accurate," Jazz president Randy Rigby said.

Corbin's agent, Steve Kauffman, also said he has not heard of any decision as of yet.

The Jazz went 25-57 this season.

Via Jody Genessy/Deseret News

Kupchak: Trading Lottery Pick 'Possibility' For Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers may have their highest pick in over 30 years this year, but they appear interested in trading it away.

"I think there’s a possibility," said Kupchak when asked about a trade of the pick.

The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Marcus Lee Returns To Kentucky For Sophomore Season

Marcus Lee announced Friday that he will return to the University of Kentucky for his sophomore season.

"I've really enjoyed my college experience and I'm looking forward to continuing to develop as an all-around player," Lee said. "Playing in the Final Four was such an amazing feeling, but I want to come back and help win that final game this year."

Lee was named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament team in his freshman season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Craig Sager Diagnosed With Leukemia, Could Miss Entire Playoffs

TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia.

His son made the announcement Thursday on Twitter and he could miss most if not all of the NBA Playoffs.

Sager is best known for his colorful suits.

Via Variety

Brian Shaw Expects Nuggets To Keep Kenneth Faried

Brian Shaw praised Kenneth Faried's play in the second half the regular season and said he expects the forward to remain with the Denver Nuggets next season.

“I definitely want to have him back,” Shaw said. “And expect to have him back.”

Faried was the Nuggets’ best player after the All-Star break, leading the team in scoring (18.8 points per game), rebounding (10.1) and shooting percentage (54.6 percent).

“He should be here,” Randy Foye said. “He’s a blue-collar guy, the fans love him. To me, he’s the face of the franchise. The way the fans (love) him. When he brings something, they love watching that guy.”

The Nuggets can begin discussions about a contract extension for Faried on July 1.

Via Chris Dempsey/Denver Post

Kendall Marshall To Play For Lakers In Summer League

Kendall Marshall plans to play for the Los Angeles Lakers' team in Summer League in July.

The Lakers have planned to pick up the non-guaranteed season on Marshall's contract for 2014-15.

Marshall averaged 8 points and 8.8 assists for the Lakers this season.

Via Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Pelicans View Pierre Jackson As Asset, Remain Unsure On Signing Him For 14-15

New Orleans never signed Pierre Jackson to a rookie scare contract.

George Kaiser Joins Thunder As Ownership Stakeholder

George Kaiser bought an ownership stake of the Thunder and has become the newest co-owner.

Andrew Bynum Ruled Out Of Pacers' First Round Series

Andrew Bynum has played two games since signing with the Pacers.

Magic Could Discuss Extensions For Vucevic, Harris After Initial Free Agency

Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer.

Pau Gasol To Receive Interest From Knicks In Free Agency

Pau Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.

Thaddeus Young Believes He Holds Leverage In Possible Trade Request

Thaddeus Young admitted Thursday that he will look at all his options.

Joel Anthony To Exercise 14-15 Player Option With Celtics

Joel Anthony will earn $3.8 million and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015.

Forman: Derrick Rose Won't Return For Postseason

Derrick Rose tore his meniscus early in the season and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Danté Exum Signs Endorsement Deal With Adidas

Dante Exum participated in the Adidas Nations program in 2011 and 2012.

Ricky Hickman Named Euroleague MVP For Playoffs Game 1

Ricky Hickman had the highest index rating of Game 1.

Scott Perry Expected To Be GM Candidate For Pistons, Cavaliers

Scott Perry is assistant general manager of the Magic, but was formerly with the Pistons.

Izzo, Hoiberg, Stan Van Gundy On Wolves' Coaching Wish List

Tom Izzo, Fred Hoiberg and Stan Van Gundy are on the Timberwolves' coaching search list.

Steve Clifford, Dave Joerger Named NBA Coaches Of Month For April

Steve Clifford guided the Charlotte Bobcats to a 7-1 record in April.

James Young Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

James Young averaged 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in his lone season with the Wildcats.

Rodney Hood To Declare For NBA Draft

Rodney Hood played one season at Mississippi State before transferring to Duke.

Jordan Adams To Stay At UCLA For Junior Season

Jordan Adams contemplated declaring for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.4 points per game.

Carmelo More Concerned About Winning Than Money

The Knicks can offer five seasons and $129 million to Carmelo Anthony.

Jabari Parker Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Jabari Parker will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

LeBron, Durant, Kobe, Rose, Curry Have NBA's Best-Selling Jerseys

LeBron James has finished with the top-selling jersey in six of his 11 seasons in the NBA.
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