You Learn Something New Everyday (CBA Rules)
Old 02-19-2009, 04:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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In addition, NBA collective bargaining rules have a little-known section dealing with what are known as "phantom" player cap holds. Let's say a team was so intent on clearing cap space that it filled its roster with nothing but expiring contracts and had no young players on rookie contracts. In other words, such a team could theoretically get its roster size down to zero by renouncing its rights to every player who finished the prior season in that team's uniform.

Such a team would then have a cap number of $0, correct?

Incorrect.

This is where the phantom players come in. The rules of the collective bargaining agreement state that every NBA team must always have at least 12 players taking up cap space.

If, for instance, a team has 11 players on its cap when free agency begins on July 8, a 12th player -- a phantom -- is added to the team's cap at the rookie minimum salary (it'll be $473,604 in 2010-11).

Thus, if a team has no players under contract for the summer of 2010, its salary cap number can go no lower than $5.68 million ($473,604 times 12).

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Old 02-19-2009, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Still that is a lot of money to throw around
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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hmmm... never knew that.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Man, that means 2K is inaccurate. I've had $0 as a cap at least 3 times
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Old 02-19-2009, 06:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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BC talked about this on the Fan590 shortly after the trade. Always good info for the dedicated fan.
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