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Report: NBA’s salary cap projection drops to $99 million

NBA players back out

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A little more than a year ago, the NBA projected the 2017-18 salary cap at $107 million. That number fell to $101 million, but teams coped.

Now, there might be some last-minute scrambling.

Jay King of MassLive:

This is the product of a short postseason – 79 games, tied for the fewest in the 15 years of the current format – providing few opportunities to generate revenue. You could call it a Quickie.

This will squeeze teams that want to use cap space or dodge the luxury tax. Teams operating above the cap but below the tax will get a relative advantage with the mid-level exception occupying a higher percentage of the cap.

Here’s how max contracts are now shaping up: