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NBA Projects Salary Cap To Reach $108M For 17-18 Season

Apr 17, 2015 5:13 PM

The NBA has sent a new set of salary cap projections to all 30 teams.

For the 2015-16 season, the cap is projected at $67.1 million with the tax at $81.6 million.

For the 2016-17 season, the cap is projected at $89 million with the tax at $108 million.

For the 2017-18 season, the cap is projected to reach $108 million with the tax at $127 million.

Jonathan Givony/Draft Express

Tags: NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

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Lakers Plan To Use Max Money In Upcoming Free Agency

Apr 17, 2015 10:28 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will spend money available to them this summer and hope to land a superstar talent such as Kevin Love.

"Two years from now, it looks like almost every team in the league is going to have cap room," Mitch Kupchak said Thursday. "We do have a lot of cap room this summer. You can look at that as a strategic advantage, yeah."

The Lakers could have consecutive summers of spending maximum salary money.

"We have the ability to recruit and sign at least one max player this summer," Kupchak said.

Kevin Ding/Bleacher Report

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Clippers' New Rumored Logo Leaked (Pictures)

Apr 17, 2015 12:27 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers may get a new logo next season.

Steve Ballmer purchased the franchise a year ago and the Clippers' logo has remained largely unchanged throughout their history.

Two sources have sent Uni Watch the following designs:

Paul Lukas/Uni Watch

Tags: Los Angeles Clippers, NBA

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NBA Not Ready To Change Structure For Playoffs, Lottery After Discussions

Apr 17, 2015 1:51 PM

The NBA discussed potential changes to the current structure for the playoffs and lottery, but they've decided to leave the status quo in place for now.

Adam Silver says one idea that was discussed by owners was a play-in tournament.

Some have called for the NBA to switch to a top-16 format.

On lottery reform, owners again concluded "we are not ready for a change," Silver said.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report


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RealGM Radio: Previewing The NBA Playoffs With Seth Partnow

Apr 17, 2015 4:43 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) previews the 2015 NBA Playoffs with Seth Partnow of the Nylon Calculus (@SethPartnow).

The two work through all eight series in the opening round and give preliminary predictions all the way through to the championship.

Series: Time

Seeding/Playoff Structure: 1:28

Clippers/Spurs: 5:48

Rockets/Mavericks: 8:55

Grizzlies/Trail Blazers: 15:15

Warriors/Pelicans: 19:10

West 2nd Round: 24:07

West Conference Finals: 25:34

East 1st Round: 27:50

Raptors/Wizards: 31:56

East 2nd Round: 33:12

NBA Finals: 41:39

Other topics: 49:58

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Tags: NBA, NBA Playoffs, Radio

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On The NBA Playoffs

Apr 17, 2015 10:45 PM

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) previews the playoffs with Arturo Galletti of Arturo's Basketball Numbers (@ArturoGalletti). The two work through the entire first round slate, predict later rounds (going through multiple possibilities) and talk a little about ways to improve the playoff structure. 

Series: Time

East 1st Round: 1:37

Raptors/Wizards: 6:44

Eastern Conference 2nd Round: 9:03

Eastern Conference Finals: 15:04

Clippers/Spurs: 20:01

Rockets/Mavericks: 24:28

Grizzlies/Trail Blazers: 32:09

Warriors/Pelicans: 35:42

Western Conference 2nd Round: 39:40

Western Conference Finals: 43:21

NBA Finals: 51:16

Seeding/Playoff Structure: 1:01:27

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Nike Close To Agreement With NBA On Apparel Rights

Apr 17, 2015 1:10 PM

Nike is close to agreement with the NBA to become their next on-court apparel supplier.

Adidas' deal with the NBA expires after the 16-17 season and they already announced they wouldn't seek a new deal.

Nike and the NBA still have "a million I's to dot and T's to cross," said a senior industry source, "but it's at that stage, as opposed to getting to the right number." 

Adidas’ current agreement is valued at $400M over 11 years, and a Nike deal is certainly expected to surpass that in value.

Nike's deal will include the rights to put a manufacturer's logo on NBA jerseys for the first time.

Terry Lefton/Sports Business Journal


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Pacers, Mavs, Grizzlies, Lakers Win Draft Tiebreakers

Apr 17, 2015 4:04 PM

The Indiana Pacers won a tiebreaker with the Utah Jazz to get the No. 11 seed in the lottery. The Jazz will get the No. 12 pick if they don't move up in the draft.

In other tiebreakers, the Dallas Mavericks will drafted 21st ahead of the Chicago Bulls at 22nd.

The Memphis Grizzlies will pick 25th ahead of the San Antonio Spurs at 26.

The Los Angeles Lakers will pick 27th with the Houston Rockets' pick acquired in the Jeremy Lin trade, while the Boston Celtics will select 28th with the pick from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Doc Rivers' deal.

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Tags: Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Pacers To Play Smaller Next Season With Hibbert Having Diminished Role

Apr 17, 2015 12:06 PM

The Indiana Pacers plan on playing faster on offense next season to contend with smaller and versatile lineups of opponents.

Roy Hibbert is the player that will most likely be impacted by the change in scheme.

"Possibly," said Vogel when asked if Hibbert will be benched. "Roy's role will be diminished."

Hibbert can opt out to become a free agent.

"Whatever he does, he does," said Larry Bird. "We'll assume he's going to come back."

Paul George will play some small-ball 4 for the Pacers.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: April 17th

Apr 17, 2015 3:09 AM

In Friday's episode, host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncan) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) preview the first round of the NBA playoffs, providing analysis and predictions for each of the eight series.

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The initial episodes of the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast will also be available on the iTunes page of RealGM Radio.

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David Lee Out For Game 1 Against Pelicans With Back Strain
David Lee will miss the Warriors' Game 1 against the Pelicans with a strained lower back.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Win Player Of The Month For April
DeMar DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Russell Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

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Pacers Unlikely To Re-Sign C.J. Watson
C.J. Watson averaged 10 points in 57 games this season.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Durant, Westbrook Won't Watch NBA Playoffs
The Thunder were one win short of reaching the playoffs, losing a tiebreaker with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Slater/Oklahoman

Goran Dragic To Review Every Offer In Free Agency
Goran Dragic confirmed Friday that he will opt out of his contract and become a free agent in July.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Thabo Sefolosha Undergoes Surgery On Leg, Expected To Return For Next Season Opener
Thabo Sefolosha underwent successful surgery Thursday to repair fractures in his leg.

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Stephen Zimmerman Commits To UNLV
Five-star Stephen Zimmerman stays home at UNLV

Demps Refutes Pelicans' Front Office, Coaching Staff Received Playoff Mandate
Dell Demps refuted a report that the Pelicans' front office and front office received a "playoffs or else" mandate from the team's ownership.

John Reid/The Times Picayune

Pistons Envison Andre Drummond As Maximum Salary Player
The Pistons could extend Andre Drummond on a maximum salary contract in the offseason.

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Trevor Lacey Leaves N.C. State For NBA Draft
Trevor Lacey averaged 15.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists for a Wolfpack squad that won 22 games and advanced to the Sweet 16.

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Al Jefferson Plans To Exercise $13.5M Option For Next Season
Al Jefferson finished the season averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and shooting 48 percent from the field.

Rick Bonnell/Charlotte Observer

Stephen Curry: Warriors In Title Or Bust Mode Entering Playoffs
The Warriors won a franchise record 67 games in the regular season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

K.J. McDaniels Likely Out For Season With Fractured Wrist
K.J. McDaniels will be a restricted free agent in the summer.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

NBA, Players Agree To Blood Test For HGH
If a player tests positive for HGH, he will be suspended 20 games for a first violation, 45 for a second violation and dismissed and disqualified from the NBA for a third.

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Joe Jackson Named D-League's Most Improved Player
Joe Jackson averaged 13.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 24.8 minutes this season, the best of the five rookies on the Jam’s roster.

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Brad Stevens, Doc Rivers Named Coaches Of The Month For April
Brad Stevens helped lead the Celtics to a playoff berth in what was considered a probable rebuilding year.

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Andrew Wiggins 'Definitely' Will Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will play in the FIBA Americas tournament in late August and early September in hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics.

Jon Krawczynski/AP

James Ennis, Tyler Johnson Commit To Playing For Heat In Summer League
James Ennis and Tyler Johnson each averaged just under 20.0 minutes per game for the Heat.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Goran Dragic's Time With Heat Makes Free Agent Decision Easier
Goran Dragic will be a free agent this summer after having the opportunity to see how he fits with the Heat.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel

Dwyane Wade Won't Get Involved In Heat Free Agency
The Heat face free agent decisions this offseason with Goran Dragic and Luol Deng.

Ira Winderman/Sun Sentinel