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NBA Salary Cap Projected to hit $108 Million in 2017

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Everybody knew that the salary cap was going to jump to around $90 million in 2016 because of the new TV deal, but it had been less clear how things would look after that. All I can really say is, “WELP!”:

That’s right, not only is the cap rising to nearly $90 million in 2016, but then it’s projected to jump all the way up to $108 million in 2017. The cap is then projected to fall back slightly in the years after that, but it’ll still be $100 million-plus:

This will obviously make things very interesting over the next few years, even more interesting than they were already set to be with the expected bonanza in 2016. Typically, players looking for max money sign long-term deals for security purposes, but we may see more short-term deals that’ll expire when the cap jumps up. That way, these players can cash in again.

It’ll also be crazy to see so many teams with a surplus of cap space. These teams won’t know what to do with themselves, and I’m sure we’ll see a ton of crazy deals handed out. It’s going to be nuts, and I can’t wait.

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