Title: What to know about the new CBA, free agency and how it impacts the Raptors
Date: June 28, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I answered some frequent salary cap questions ahead of free agency.
It’s almost Canada Day, which means it’s officially the start of Killjoy Season. Sadly, I am not talking about the terrific Hamilton-based alternative rock band from the 90s, though they are certainly deserving.
No, Canada Day instead marks the annual reset of the NBA calendar and, with it, the beginning of the new salary cap year. Every year at this time, I write an annual Raptors free agency primer over at Raptors Republic, a much-too-long but still-too-brief explainer on the terms you’ll hear in the coming weeks, the rules that govern what teams can and can’t do, and what changes from seasons prior are worth noting. With a new collective bargaining agreement this year and the indispensable CBAFAQ.com still in the process of being updated, this year’s primer was even more complicated.
That the Raptors are in a somewhat precarious financial situation and facing five different paths makes scenario analysis difficult. It also means that a lot of the questions or scenarios that readers ask about are met with a “not possible” or “not happening,” hence, Killjoy Season.
I also put a call out for questions about rules, exceptions, or scenarios that any readers of The Athletic were unclear on. What follows is further explanation on a few difficult concepts or frequently asked scenarios. I’ll keep most of the answers fairly high-level where possible, because they’ll usually be building on something I’ve written (which I’ll link to).
Without further ado, let’s talk cap inflexibility, because…