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Report: NBA teams preparing for potential salary cap drop due to China situation

Report: NBA teams preparing for potential salary cap drop due to China situation

With the NBA's situation with China still ongoing, teams are reportedly planning for a potential salary-cap drop for the 2020-21 season, according to a story by Keith Smith

After Rockets general manager Daryl Morey retweeted a tweet supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, the Chinese government canceled several business deals with the Rockets and the NBA, putting the billions of dollars in economic interest in jeopardy. 

If the situation escalates and the NBA's relationship with China fall apart, it could result in a salary cap drop between 10-15 percent, according to Smith. Smith noted that teams are just doing their due diligence regarding this matter, but a drop in 2020-21 could significantly impact NBA free agency this summer. 

After all the money everyone spent last summer, this would have a major impact on all of us.

The salary cap for this season is already set at $109 million and the league projects the cap to rise to $116 next year. If that $116 million figure were to drop to something between $98.6 and $104.4 million (10-15 percent), it would greatly limit the amount teams would be able to spend. After the 2019 free-agent spending spree, there'd be very few players landing substantial paydays if this becomes a reality. 

The Celtics' contract negotiations with Jaylen Brown could change as well. Boston has until October 21 to agree to a rookie-scale extension with Brown, but that has remained an unlikely outcome according to recent reports. If the summer of 2020 projects to be a dry one for free agents, it could behoove Brown to agree to an extension with the Celtics sooner rather than later, even if the final amount is lower than he believes he's worth. Letting a dead market set your value likely wouldn't end well. 

This could also impact the Celtics' desire to re-sign Brown to any sort of extension. If the cap drops, the luxury tax threshold does as well. Many teams safely below the tax line would find themselves paying the penalty as soon as 2021, which would be a lot of money coming out of the owner's pockets who might not necessarily want to pay it if their team isn't a contender. 

Again, Smith noted that the teams are simply preparing for any possible situation so they aren't caught off guard. However, with how heavily a cap drop like this would affect the league and the amount of money players would be losing out on, it's a scenario everyone involved might want to avoid. 

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Celtics vs. Wizards live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

Celtics vs. Wizards live stream: Watch 2020 NBA seeding game online

The Boston Celtics will conclude their NBA seeding game schedule Thursday with an afternoon matchup against the Washington Wizards.

The C's have won four consecutive games and five of their second seeding contests overall, and the team's performance in these matchups has been pretty encouraging. The team's best players, including Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward and Kemba Walker all have played well. Several of the team's younger players also have shown they deserve a look come playoff time, including second-year center Robert Williams.

Williams could get extended playing time versus the Wizards. He scored 10 points in just 14 minutes during Tuesday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies, and the 2018 first-round pick is averaging 13.5 points in the four seeding games he's played in. 

There are no playoff implications in Boston's last seeding game. The C's already locked up the No. 3 seed and will play the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 1. That said, this game against the Wizards is an important one for the C's to ensure they enter the playoffs firing on all cylinders.

NBC Sports Boston has you covered with complete coverage of Celtics vs. Wizards, starting at 11 a.m. ET with "Celtics Pregame Live". Tip-off is scheduled for noon on NBC Sports Boston, with complete postgame analysis after the final buzzer on "Celtics Postgame Live."

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BEFORE THE GAME: At 11 a.m., Celtics Pregame Live presented by TD Bank gets you ready for the game with reports from Kyle Draper, Brian Scalabrine, Kendrick Perkins, Abby Chin, Chris Forsberg and A. Sherrod Blakely. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AT HALFTIME: Tune in to watch a breakdown of the first two quarters on Celtics Halftime Live. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream.

AFTER THE GAME: As soon as the game ends, tune to Celtics Postgame Live presented by New England Ford for analysis, commentary and player reaction. Watch on NBC Sports Boston or click here for the live stream

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2020 NBA Playoffs: Celtics will play rival 76ers in first round

2020 NBA Playoffs: Celtics will play rival 76ers in first round

A new chapter in one of basketball's best rivalries will be written in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

The Boston Celtics will take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Round 1. It will be the first playoff series between these teams since Boston beat Philly in a five-game Eastern Conference semifinals in 2018.

The matchup became official Wednesday night when the Indiana Pacers beat the Houston Rockets, which locked the Sixers into the No. 6 seed. The Celtics secured the No. 3 seed earlier this week. 

Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of Celtics-Wizards, which begins Thursday at 11 a.m. with Celtics Pregame Live followed by tip-off at noon. You can also stream the game on the MyTeams App.

Boston will play the Washington Wizards on Thursday afternoon in its final seeding game. Philly has two more seeding games remaining -- Wednesday night versus the Toronto Raptors and Friday night against the Rockets.

The Sixers might not be at full strength against the Celtics in Round 1. All-Star point guard Ben Simmons recently left the NBA bubble to have surgery on his knee, and he's reportedly expected to miss the rest of the season. Philadelphia's All-Star center, Joel Embiid, injured his left ankle against the Portland Trail Blazers last Sunday and didn't play Tuesday, but he reportedly will return to the lineup Wednesday night.

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Here are the updated seeds for the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Miami Heat and Pacers still haven't locked in their exact seeds, but they will be the No. 4 vs. No. 5 matchup in Round 1. Miami needs one win in its final two seeding games to clinch the No. 4 seed.

1. Milwaukee Bucks
2. Toronto Raptors
3. Boston Celtics
4. Miami Heat
5. Indiana Pacers
6. Philadelphia 76ers
7. Brooklyn Nets
8. Orlando Magic