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The Curious Case of Greg Monroe 0

The Curious Case of Greg Monroe

According to NBA rules, Pistons center Greg Monroe is now eligible to be traded. According to the Sporting News, he wants that, badly. The Heat have reportedly made an initial inquiry. But, according to the Sporting News, teams seeking Monroe will need...

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A History of Tax Sheltering For Sports Team Ownership

It all traces back to a September 1934 court ruling that settled a battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the IRS. In those days, MLB contracts had a one-year term with a standard renewal option (called a “reverse clause”). The reverse clause...

Salary Cap Smoothing Is As Complicated As It Is Necessary 0

Salary Cap Smoothing Is As Complicated As It Is Necessary

Update 2 (3/11/15): The National Basketball Players Association informed the NBA that it will not agree to “smoothing” in the increases in the salary cap that will result from the new national media agreements beginning in the 2016-17 season. Update (2/13/15): The National...

When Should Kevin Love Lock In His Long-Term Contract? 0

When Should Kevin Love Lock In His Long-Term Contract?

With the Cleveland Cavaliers on the verge of completing a blockbuster trade for Kevin Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves granted permission for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to meet with Love. Whatever was discussed at that lengthy July meeting in Los Vegas gave Gilbert enough comfort...

Los Angeles Clippers: Salary Cap Maneuvering In Action 7

Los Angeles Clippers: Salary Cap Maneuvering In Action

Update #2 (01/16):  As of the last update, the Clippers effectively traded away their 2017 first round pick and incurred a $950K dead-money salary cap charge for this and the next four years in order to get rid of the contract of Jared Dudley,...

A View Into the Miami Heat’s Local TV Deal 1

A View Into the Miami Heat’s Local TV Deal

Update (11/24/14): The Miami Heat announced the signing of a new deal with Sun Sports that will extend the partnership for another seven years, through the 2024-25 NBA season. Details of the extension are not yet known, but I would imagine it contains a significant upfront...

NBA Sets Salary Cap and Tax Level Numbers for 2014-15 0

NBA Sets Salary Cap and Tax Level Numbers for 2014-15

On Thursday July 10 at 12:01 a.m. ET, the NBA’s 2014-15 season begins. That’s when the league’s salary cap, luxury tax threshold, maximum salaries and other figures all adjust to their new values. Most NBA business ceases for the first several days...