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Liberty Links: The NBA salary cap is flattening out

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The cap is normalizing.

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The NBA’s Salary Cap Is Normalizing. How Will Teams Adjust? - The Ringer

The cap is not always going to keep going up.

The NBA is finally starting to process the fallout from an unprecedented summer last year. The league’s salary cap was $35.5 million in 2000–01 and then steadily rose to a 2008–09 level of $58.7 million, where it stayed, give or take $1 million, for six seasons through 2013–14. In 13 years, the cap rose about as much as it did just last summer, when the NBA’s big cap boom rocketed the figure from $70 million in 2015–16 to $94.1 million in 2016–17. It was unlike anything the league had ever seen. With newfound money, teams splurged, overspending on the likes of Evan Turner, Timofey Mozgov, and Joakim Noah. You could say those teams were negligent — and you’d be right — but they operated under the assumption that the cap would keep surging. It didn’t: A shorter-than-expected 2017 postseason caused a limited increase in the 2017–18 cap, to just $99.1 million (projections last year had it as high as $108 million).

Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball Cover SLAM 211 - Slam Magazine

Can’t wait to hear Joel Embiid’s opinion on this!

Whether you love every aspect of their movement or hate seeing LaVar’s face on your TV screen on a seemingly daily basis, you can’t argue with the fact that they matter. A lot. Lonzo is the new face of the L.A. Lakers, the younger two brothers are very much on the come-up, and regardless of your interest in copping BBB gear, it does appear that the family’s brand might be laying a blueprint for top NBA prospects to take an independent route in the industry, if those prospects so desire.

N.B.A. Summer League Opens With Buzz (Lonzo Ball) and a Sprained Ankle (Markelle Fultz) - New York Times

They said “Trust the process” in the New York Times. What a world.

Fultz, who finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds, had to be helped off the court by a teammate and trainer and could not put any weight on his left leg. Pierce gave no timetable for Fultz’s return, but it could end his run in Vegas.

Even without Fultz, Philadelphia pulled off a last-second 95-93 victory, leading a small group of fans to chant, “Trust the process,” a mantra developed during the organization’s extended rebuilding. Their enthusiasm, like the Lakers’ fans excitement over Ball, was a reminder that summer league is about savoring a taste of the future along with the hiccups that come with it.

Lonzo Ball mania takes over the NBA Summer League - SB Nation

Give me that Sixers-Lakers Christmas Day game!

Thomas & Mack Center barely filled half of the lower bowl when the Summer League started 10 years ago. On Saturday for the marquee showing between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, the University of Nevada-Las Vegas gym crowd spilled into the upper bowl and packed fresh Lonzo Ball jerseys into the lower sections until they were bulging. For the first time in Summer League history, the event sold every general admission ticket available (priced at $30).