NBA 101 Wednesday: Salary Cap Exceptions (Part 2/2)

Today is Part 2, the final day of our series on Salary Cap Exceptions.  Last week we discussed the Mid Level, Bi-Annual, Rookie, Larry Bird, Early Bird, and No Bird Exceptions. 

Today let’s take a look at the following:

  • Minimum Salary Exception
  • Traded Player Exception
  • Disabled Player Exception

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NBA 101 Wednesday: Salary Cap Exceptions (Part 1/2)

Today begins Part 1 of our series on Salary Cap Exceptions.  These exceptions are used by teams to exceed the salary cap, and thus maintain the NBA’s “soft” cap. signature_sticker1.gif

In most cases, a team can use one exception to sign multiple players, however, they cannot use a combination of exceptions to sign one player.

Today we will discuss the following:

  • Mid-Level Exception
  • Bi-Annual Exception
  • Rookie Exception
  • Larry Bird Exception
  • Early Bird Exception
  • No Bird Exception

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NBA 101 Wednesday: The Salary Cap

I recently posted an article regarding the NBA’s announcement of the 2007-2008 salary cap at 55.630 million.  To piggy-back on that article, we will discuss the NBA’s salary cap.

In the NBA, the salary cap is the maximum amount that teams are allowed to pay their players.  That amount changes each year, and is determined by a percentage of the league’s revenue from the previous season. 

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NBA 101 Wednesday: The Start of the League

The NBA was started in 1946 and was formerly known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). The league consisted of these 11 teams:

  • Boston Celtics
  • Chicago Stags
  • Cleveland Rebels
  • Detroit Falcons
  • New York Knickerbockers
  • Philadelphia Warriors
  • Pittsburgh Ironmen
  • Providence Steamrollers
  • St. Louis Bombers
  • Toronto Huskies
  • Washington Wizards

In the 1st game, played on November 1, 1946, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers in front of a crowd of 7,090 fans.

NBA 101 Wednesday: Free Agency

Since I recently posted an article regarding the Cavs extending offers to Andy and Sasha, making them Restricted Free Agents, I figured why not wrap our brains around “Free Agency” for this weeks 101 topic.  So, here we go…

Under the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), there are 2 types of free agents: Unrestricted and Restricted.  Let’s take a look at both, using this years Cavs players as our examples. Continue reading

NBA 101 Wednesday: The Five Positions

What should you look for in the five positions that make up a team’s lineup?  Let’s take a quick look.  We will use our team’s starting players as the examples for each position. Continue reading

NBA 101 Wednesday: Game Timeouts

During a game, each team is allotted six full timeouts and two 20 second timeouts (1 per half). 

Of the full timeouts, there must be two 100-second timeouts in the first and third periods, and three 100 second timeouts in second and fourth periods.   All other full timeouts are 60 seconds.

In the 4th quarter, each team can use up to 3 timeouts.

In the last two minutes of regulation, each team can use up to 2 timeouts. 

In overtime, each team is allowed three 60-second timeouts, regardless of the timeouts called during regulation or previous overtimes.

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  • 2007-2008 Schedule

    (* - Denotes Home Games)

    October
    31: vs Dallas*, 74-92 (L)

    November
    02: vs Knicks*, 110-106 (W)
    04: vs Phoenix, 92-103 (L)
    06: vs Warriors, 108-104 (W)
    07: vs Utah, 101-103 (L)
    09: vs Sacramento, 93-91 (W)
    11: vs LA Clippers, 103-95 (W)
    12: vs Denver, 100-122 (L)
    14: vs Orlando*, 116-117 (L)
    16: vs Utah*, 99-94 (W)
    20: vs Bucks*, 107-111 (L)
    21: vs Minnesota, 97-86 (W)
    24: vs Toronto*, 111-108 (W)
    25: vs Indiana, 111-106 (W)
    27: vs Boston*, 109-104 (W)
    28: vs Detroit, 74-109 (L)
    30: vs Toronto, 82-91 (L)

    December
    02: vs Boston, 70-80 (L)
    04: vs Nets*, 79-100 (L)
    05: vs Washington, 86-105 (L)
    08: vs Charlotte, 93-96 (L)
    11: vs Indiana*, 118-105 (W)
    14: vs Nets, 97-105 (L)
    15: vs Philadelphia*, 86-92 (L)
    17: vs Milwaukee*, 104-99 (L)
    19: vs New York, 90-108 (L)
    20: vs LA Lakers*, 94-90 (W)
    23: vs Warriors*, 96-105 (L)
    25: vs Miami*, 96-82 (W)
    27: vs Dallas, 88-81 (W)
    29: vs New Orleans, 76-86 (L)

    January
    02: vs Atlanta*, 98-94 (W)
    04: vs Kings*, 97-93 (W)
    06: vs Toronto, 93-90 (W)
    08: vs Seattle*, 95-79 (W)
    09: vs Atlanta, 81-90 (L)
    11: vs Charlotte*, 113-106 (W)
    15: vs Memphis, 132-124 (W)
    17: vs San Antonio, 90-88 (W)
    21: vs Miami, 97-90 (W)
    23: vs Wizards*, 121-85 (W)
    25: vs Phoenix*, 108-110 (L)
    27: vs La Lakers, 98-95 (W)
    30: vs Portland, 84-83 (W)
    31: vs Seattle, 95-101 (L)

    February
    02: vs LA Clippers*, 98-84 (W)
    05: vs Boston*, 114-113 (W)
    07: vs Houston, 77-92 (L)
    08: vs Atlanta, 100-95 (W)
    10: vs Denver*, 83-113 (L)
    11: vs Orlando, 118-111 (W)
    13: vs Spurs*, 105-112 (L)
    19: vs Houston*, 85-93 (L)
    20: vs Indiana, 106-97 (W)
    22: vs Wizards*, 90-89 (W)
    24: vs Memphis*, 109-89 (W)
    26: vs Milwaukee, 102-105 (L)
    27: vs Boston, 87-92 (L)
    29: vs Minnesota*, 92-84 (W)

    March
    02: vs Chicago*, 95-86 (W)
    05: vs New York, 119-105 (W)
    06: vs Chicago, 96-107 (L)
    08: vs Indiana*, 103-95 (W)
    10: vs Portland*, 88-80 (W)
    12: vs New Jersey, 99-104 (L)
    13: vs Washington, 99-101 (L)
    16: vs Charlotte*, 98-91 (W)
    17: vs Orlando, 90-104 (L)
    19: vs Detroit*, 89-73 (W)
    21: vs Toronto*, 90-83 (W)
    22: vs Milwaukee, 8:30p
    26: vs New Orleans*, 7p
    29: vs Detroit, 7:30p
    30: vs Philadelphia*, 6p

    April
    02: vs Charlotte, 7p
    03: vs Chicago*, 8p
    05: vs Orlando*, 3p
    09: vs New Jersey*, 7p
    11: vs Chicago, 7p
    13: vs Miami*, 1p
    14: vs Philadelphia, 7p
    16: vs Detroit*, 7p
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