Title: Murphy Mailbag: Breaking down Raptors free agency, salary cap
Date: June 28, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I answered some salary cap related questions as a follow-up to my annual giant free agency primer.
Every year around this time, I release a Toronto Raptors free agency primer that attempts to go into detail on most of the relevant collective bargaining agreement rules the Raptors may run into that offseason. A few years back when I started the annual piece (2014), it was really quite easy, as the Raptors faced a fairly straightforward cap sheet in a known cap environment with an established CBA. In the years since, the cap has spiked dramatically, the league and union have introduced a new CBA. The Raptors have moved to operating as an above-cap and, this year, a likely above-tax team, all of which introduce new complications and wrinkles.
All of that is to say, this year’s primer is 5,000 words, and so while the intention of the document is as a bookmarked resource to reference the next few weeks rather than one front-to-back column, it’s, uh, a little dense. Even within that volume, there are some specifics and scenarios that don’t get addressed. So in order to clarify or simplify, I put out a call for questions, which I’m going to answer here. I’m happy to try to answer any others on Twitter as they come up, but hopefully between this Q&A and the primer linked above, the answer is already somewhere.