In light of recent discussions about the possibility of the wolves "tanking' it and the significant amount of money the wolves are below the cap a thought came to my mind. What effect does the future lockout have on the wolves plans? This is a thought that many people may under estimate. It is a fact that the NBA owners want to implement a hard cap. A hard cap unlike the current soft cap means that for no reason can a team go over the set amount of money that they have to spend. If they do, they will be forced to cut players until they are under, or I believe lose any games they would play. When the NFL implemented its hard cap in 1993 it gave teams one chance to cut players to get their money under the current level. Legally the team was still obligated to pay the player, but that money did not count against the cap. If that player signed else where for less money then the team was obligated to pay the difference. It is a very financially painful process for a team. Now no one know the level of what the hard cap would be so I won't speculate other than to say that it will be at a level that allows most NBA teams to make money. The cap also comes with a salary floor. The NBA cap will most certainly be below the current cap at 57 million. This becomes more painful when you look at the salaries of current teams
Boston: 83 million Dal: 86 million
NJ: 57 million Hou: 71 million
NY: 56 million Mem: 65 million
Phil: 68 million NO: 63 million
Chi: 51 million SA: 68 Million
Cle: 51 million Den: 82 Million
Det: 65 million Min: 40 million
Ind: 63 million Por: 67 million
Mil: 68 million okc: 55 million
Atl: 67 million Utah: 74 million
CHa: 65 million GS: 65 million
Orl: 88 million LAC: 52 million
Wash: 58 million LAL: 91 million
PHO: 65 Million
SAC: 42 million
These numbers are beginning of the season estimates. I point this out because even if the cap were placed at 60 million dollars that decimates all of the top teams in the league. There are only a handful of teams even remotely prepared for what is likely to come. Think about this when you realize that next season, after Ricky comes and we move into the offseason of a likely shortened year. The Twolves will have nearly 20 million to spend and the rest of the league will still be broke for years to come.
Also, you can't field an NBA champ for less than 80 million dollars, although Miami is in good shape to challenge that.
so Tanking, or planning?