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The Warriors' Two Distinct Offseason Paths

by Danny Leroux

Jun 30, 2016 6:06 PM

At a fundamental level, the Warriors have two basic paths for the 2016 offseason: they can either clear enough space to make a max offer, or function as an over the cap team to take advantage of those benefits. Read more »

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Leroux's 2016 NBA Draft Review

by Danny Leroux

Jun 24, 2016 1:26 AM

Headlined by the great drafts from the 76ers and Nuggets, we go team-by-team to breakdown how every GM did based on the opportunities available to them. Read more »

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Significant Traded Pick Scenarios Of The Lottery

by Danny Leroux

May 17, 2016 4:10 PM

The draft lottery holds major importance both in the immediate and long-term in terms of traded picks. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA

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CBA Explainer: Bradley Beal And Estimated Average Salary

by Danny Leroux

Bradley Beal's cap hold will be 250% of his 15-16 salary while it would have been 200% if his salary was even $1 over the estimated average. That difference may not seem substantial but it absolutely will be for the Wizards this July. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Hard Cap

by Danny Leroux

The actions that trigger the hard cap are the things that below the tax teams can do but taxpayers (more specifically, teams over the "apron") cannot such as acquiring a player via sign-and-trade. Read more »
The Space Race Calculation Explained

by Danny Leroux

While there are a series of different methods to generate a fair estimate of how much money will be out there in July 2016, $1 billion works well as an approximation and we should not lose sight of how staggeringly large that number is for the NBA and the league's structure moving forward. Read more »
The Clipper Trap

by Danny Leroux

A lack of salary cap flexibility and assets puts the Clippers in a complicated spot moving forward that necessitates taking strong steps to get the most out of every opportunity. Moving Lance Stephenson and possibly Jamal Crawford would show their willingness to make the best team possible moving forward. Read more »
Minnesota's Dry Run

by Danny Leroux

The dry run concept acknowledges that Minnesota's path to long-term success runs through Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. As such, their primary focus the rest of the season should be to prepare those talents for their eventual role in situations that resemble their future in terms of opposition and surrounding talent. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Disabled Player Exception

by Danny Leroux

The DPE stands out among the CBA exceptions because teams have to apply for it, leading to one of the more interesting processes with an NBA-appointed doctor to make the ruling. Read more »
The Kristaps Porzingis Comparison Project

by Danny Leroux

If Kristaps Porzingis can expand his game while maintaining his uncommon ability to hit threes and crash the offensive glass, the new golden boy of New York could chart his own path to success in the NBA. Read more »
Cavs Enter Season As NBA's Most Probable Champion

by Danny Leroux

While the Warriors deserve to start their title defense as the best team in the NBA, Cleveland's comparatively easy path to the Finals gives them a better chance of holding the Larry O'Brien trophy in eight months. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Bird Rights

by Danny Leroux

Bird rights (named after Larry Bird) are exceptions to the salary cap that allow teams to retain players, typically those who have spent continuous time on that team. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia Title Page

by Danny Leroux

A full, regularly updated listing of every entry in the CBA Encyclopedia. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Bi-annual Exception

by Danny Leroux

The Bi-annual Exception is a nice source for teams to find low rotation players worth more than their minimum. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Mid-Level Exceptions

by Danny Leroux

While Bird rights carry the heavy lifting for teams looking to retain their own free agents, the Mid-Level Exception is often the most powerful tool over the cap teams have to add new talent. Read more »
Ranking Boston's Draft Pick Arsenal

by Danny Leroux

The Celtics have a nice collection of players and picks but coalescing them into a smaller number of strong assets gets more unlikely each year. Here's a rundown of Danny Ainge's hand. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Trade Exceptions

by Danny Leroux

Trade exceptions allow for additional roster flexibility in some important situations. For example, they provide an amazing way for teams butting up against the cap or tax to add another piece or two. Read more »
Grading The Deal: 76ers On Winning Side Of Atrocious Salary Dump By Kings

by Danny Leroux

For those who wonder why Sam Hinkie and the Sixers keep their books so clean, it works because it makes them the first call for teams looking to do terrible deals like this one. Read more »
CBA Encyclopedia: Money In Trades

by Danny Leroux

Under the current CBA, each season has its own limit for the maximum amount of cash a team can receive or pay in trades. For the 2015-16 season, this limit will be $3.4 million. Read more »
2016 Pick Protection Primer

by Danny Leroux

There are nine traded first rounders for 2016 with pick protections that will be determined by regular season records next season. Read more »