Salary cap rules for a potential anthony davis trade boston sports journal ways to make some money

With the celtics’ season and the NBA draft lottery in the rearview mirror, the focus of the franchise has shifted to potentially trading ways to make some money for new orleans pelicans superstar anthony davis. This post will address some of the rules, considerations, and timelines to know in thinking about trading for davis. This is not an analysis of what would make a ways to make some money fair trade offer; any example trades are constructed to illustrate trade math or ways to make some money a rule and not a comment on talent or trade ways to make some money "fairness." designated rookie extensions

As has been discussed ad nauseam during the season, the celtics cannot trade for anthony davis while holding kyrie ways to make some money irving’s current contract. This is because the league does not allow a team ways to make some money to have traded for more than one active designated rookie ways to make some money extension contract. These special deals signed after a first-round pick finishes their third season run for five years ways to make some money instead of the usual maximum of four seasons.

Irving will be opting out of that fifth season but ways to make some money the fourth year of his deal won’t end until the league season concludes at the end ways to make some money of june. That means that the celtics cannot officially acquire davis until ways to make some money july. This is both fine (every year teams agree to trades in june that can’t be finalized until july) and helps to simplify this conversation. All player contracts and salaries used from this point will ways to make some money be for 2019-20 and we can ignore laying out what it would ways to make some money mean to formally trade for davis before the 2018-19 season comes to a close. Salary matching rules in trades

If a team makes a trade where they end up ways to make some money below the salary cap there are no rules for how ways to make some money much in current season salary they must be sending out. While it’s theoretically possible that boston could drop far enough below ways to make some money the cap to acquire davis without needing to worry about ways to make some money salary matching, it would involve first kyrie irving to another team (or renouncing his free agent rights in anticipation of that) and likely also losing al horford via his player option ways to make some money before renouncing the team’s rights to other free agents like marcus morris and ways to make some money terry rozier. It seems highly unlikely that boston would even try to ways to make some money acquire davis if both irving and horford had already left, so we will treat the celtics as an over-the-cap team in these hypotheticals.

The celtics have two players who have option decisions that ways to make some money could impact the structure of a davis trade. Al horford and aron baynes both have option decisions due ways to make some money by june 29. The draft, when a davis trade could logically happen, is on june 20. Obviously, that means that the celtics will not know either players’ decision and so could not include them in any trade ways to make some money made before those option decisions are finalized without first consulting ways to make some money with the players.

Horford’s option is for $30,123,015. It seems less likely that he would agree to go ways to make some money to new orleans as they will be in some state ways to make some money of rebuilding (though jrue holliday and horford along with zion williamson and ways to make some money whatever else boston were to send could compete for a ways to make some money playoff spot) and he’ll be 33. That being the case, if he does opt-in you would think it would be to stay with ways to make some money the celtics. It’s possible that he could opt-in as part of a more complicated multi-team trade that lands him on a different contender, but that theoretical opens up too many possibilities to reasonably ways to make some money cover here. The one worth a cursory mention is the fever dream ways to make some money of kevin durant opting-in and facilitating a three-team trade to boston that lands both KD and AD ways to make some money alongside a re-signing irving, and horford in golden state.

Because the celtics cannot officially acquire davis until july, any players who the celtics draft for inclusion in a ways to make some money trade, even if that trade is agreed to before the draft ways to make some money begins, will be wearing a shamrock on their hat when they ways to make some money take to the stage. New orleans GM david griffin may be telling danny ainge ways to make some money who to take for him, but they will forever list as a celtics pick.

New draftees can be traded in two ways. First, they can be traded before signing their rookie deal. In this scenario, you are technically trading their draft rights, and they do not count for any salary in trade ways to make some money matching. Second, they can be traded after they have signed their contract, but you must wait at least 30 days from the ways to make some money signing to make the trade official. In this scenario, their rookie salary is included for matching purposes.

For this reason, it’s possible that a boston-new orleans trade could be agreed to in principle on, or even before, june 20 and leaked to the media as completed. However, boston could make selections for new orleans at the draft ways to make some money and, if the draftees salaries are needed to make a valid ways to make some money money match, they could sign with the celtics on july 1 and ways to make some money the trade could be held in limbo and not announced ways to make some money as official until at least july 31.

It’s rare that trades take that long to finalize but ways to make some money common that there is a holding period between trade agreement ways to make some money and finalization. Sometimes the exact terms of the trade even change in ways to make some money this time; we’ll get to a scenario where that could be helpful ways to make some money in the sign-and-trade section. It’s also worth noting that david griffin has experience in ways to make some money dealing with this. When he acquired kevin love as cavaliers GM it was ways to make some money not a done deal until august because they were waiting ways to make some money for andrew wiggins to clear his 30-day trade restriction after signing his rookie deal. Anthony davis’s trade bonus

Like many superstars, davis’s contract includes a 15% trade bonus, sometimes referred to as a trade kicker. This provision says that if davis is traded his salary ways to make some money will increase by 15% or up to his maximum salary, whichever is lower. Option years do not count in this calculation so we ways to make some money can ignore davis’s fifth-year option and just treat his contract as a one ways to make some money season deal.

Davis is scheduled to make $27,093,018 so if he is traded that would increase to ways to make some money as much as $31,156,971. He will be entering his 8th season in the league ways to make some money so if the salary cap is set at the projected ways to make some money $109M his maximum salary will be $32.7M. The maximum is more than his currently scheduled salary plus ways to make some money 15%, so he would be eligible to collect the entire 15% bonus.

The pelicans would be responsible for paying the $4,063,953 bonus but the amount would be added to the ways to make some money cap sheet of the acquiring team. If the celtics were to trade for davis, it’s reasonable to think that they would send cash to ways to make some money new orleans to offset the payment of that bonus. Teams will be able to send and receive a total ways to make some money of approximately $5.6M in trades during the 2019-20 season.

Davis does have the ability to waive his bonus. He could do this to tip the scales in favor ways to make some money of his preferred destination, which seemed to clearly be los angeles in the past ways to make some money but we don’t know for certain now, both by making it less costly for new orleans and ways to make some money making the salary matching easier. He can also waive any part of his bonus; it’s not an all-or-nothing question.

A common question or idea when it comes to acquiring ways to make some money davis is "what about a terry rozier sign-and-trade?" it’s a reasonable one as rozier clearly seems to want ways to make some money out of boston and getting to that magical $24.8M in outgoing salary can be hard to do. However, sign-and-trade (S&T) deals have their own set of rules and leverage dynamics ways to make some money that make them much less common in reality than they ways to make some money are in fantasy proposals. Base year compensation

If a player is re-signed for the purpose of a S&T using full or early bird rights to a contract ways to make some money above the minimum that gives them a 20% or greater raise, their outgoing salary for the purpose of trade matching will ways to make some money be considered the greater of their prior season salary or ways to make some money 50% of their new salary. However, the receiving team counts the entire new season salary for ways to make some money their own salary matching math. This rule would almost certainly apply to both marcus morris ways to make some money and terry rozier were they to be moved via S&T.

There are multiple problems with trying to include either rozier ways to make some money or morris in a direct S&T to new orleans. First, the pelicans would have to want the player on their ways to make some money new contract. Second, the player would have to want to go to new ways to make some money orleans over their other options. Third, the player (and agent) would know that they have a huge amount of leverage ways to make some money and could demand a larger contract than what they would ways to make some money otherwise get, possibly making it so that the pelicans would no longer ways to make some money want them.

A better way to approach a S&T could be to just see how the market plays ways to make some money out for rozier and morris (and baynes, if he decides to leave) in july. As already covered, the two teams could be in a position where they’ve agreed on the principals of a trade but are ways to make some money waiting for 1st round pick contracts to pass 30 days ways to make some money before including them in salary matching.

Let’s say that davis is not willing to waive his ways to make some money trade bonus and the celtics and pelicans have agreed to ways to make some money a trade centered on jayson tatum, the 14th and 22nd picks, plus the future memphis grizzlies pick. There is an understanding that the trade will not be ways to make some money finalized until august 1 when the players picked 14 and ways to make some money 22 can have their salaries aggregated. At that point, boston is $11,164,897 short of a valid trade but has committed to ways to make some money finding a reasonable solution by august 1. If they cannot, they will be obligated to include marcus smart.

In mid-july marcus morris agrees to a 3/$36M deal with dallas, starting at $12.6M and descending annually at 5%. The celtics offer their own protected 2020 draft pick to ways to make some money the mavs if they’re willing to handle the signing as a S&T in a 3-team deal. As a base year compensation player, morris would count as $6,315,790 in outgoing salary for the celtics; dallas has the cap space to sign him outright and ways to make some money so don’t need to worry about matching morris’s new salary in outgoing contracts.

The celtics are now $4,849,107 short of a salary match and so send guerschon ways to make some money yabusele and robert williams to new orleans. For the cost of these two players plus a future ways to make some money pick, they are able to keep marcus smart. The final trade, executed on august 1, is anthony davis for tatum, yabusele, williams, and three picks to new orleans plus marcus morris on ways to make some money a S&T to dallas along with a future 1st round pick ways to make some money from boston. Dallas also swaps a near valueless asset just to clear ways to make some money the "touching rule" on multi-team trades. The celtics clear their salary matching obligation by $206k, the pelicans create an $8.2 million trade exception (TPE), and the mavericks receive a pick just for facilitating. Tax apron considerations

If irving decides to leave boston, the celtics could make this same type of offer to ways to make some money his new team, regardless of an anthony davis trade. Assuming kyrie would be signing for his maximum salary with ways to make some money a cap space team who, by nature of having gone under the cap will not ways to make some money be threatening the tax apron, they could offer to convert that into a S&T that would create a $20.1M trade exception for boston in exchange for a draft ways to make some money pick. That TPE would not be large enough to fit davis, and the decisions related to acquiring davis on a team ways to make some money without irving are challenging, but it could also be rolled into a 3-team S&T like what’s outlined above. The TPE could also be used to acquire a different ways to make some money player to go alongside davis either in the summer or ways to make some money during the season, though tpes cannot be combined with other exceptions or players ways to make some money and so could not be used to acquire a different ways to make some money max-level player.

While the odds of boston acquiring davis are certainly less ways to make some money than 50/50 at this point, it is worth discussing how the process could play out. A reasonable trade could range from the simple (the celtics send enough current salary to new orleans to ways to make some money complete the trade on july 1) to complex (a framework is agreed to but not finalized for over ways to make some money a month) so multiple avenues are open. One helpful thing is that the pelicans now have a ways to make some money GM in griffin who is creative in maneuvering around the ways to make some money cap and who has experience with the waiting game that ways to make some money sometimes needs to happen on blockbuster deals like this.

In fact, the biggest move of his griffin’s career, signing lebron james in cleveland, was facilitated by one danny ainge taking tyler zeller and ways to make some money marcus thornton off the cavs’ cap sheet in exchange for a draft pick. If two motivated and creative front offices find that their ways to make some money asset values line up, you can be confident that they’ll find a way to make the rules work in ways to make some money their favor too.

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