Upon becoming anNBA fan many moons ago, I was told that there would be not math, well, outside of determining scoring averages and such. So whenever the headlines veer into salary cap and luxury tax land, eye rolling commences. What I can say with certainty, because the NBA released the information,is the following: The Salary Cap for the 2012-13 season will be 58.044 million. The tax level for the 2012-13 season has been set at 70.307 million. Any team whose team salary exceeds that figure will pay a 1 tax for each 1 by which it exceeds 70.307 million. The Salary Cap and tax level, both of which are unchanged from 2011-12 amounts, go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 11, when the league's "moratorium period" ends and teams can begin signing free agents and making trades. The minimum team salary, which is set at 85 percent of the Salary Cap, is 49.337 million for the 2012-13 season. Three different mid-level exceptions depending on a team's salary level. The non-taxpayer mid-level for this season is 5.0 million, the taxpayer mid-level is 3.09 million and the mid-level for a team with room under the Salary Cap is 2.575 million.Lots of numbers there and from I can tell, nothing terribly surprising, at least with the salary cap and tax news.Now the question is what does any of thismean for the Wizards. For that kind of help, I tag in SBNation's Mike Prada."It's now becoming more clear just where the Wizards stand against that number. According to my calculations, the Wizards are currently paying 60,239,472 to 12 players, including first-round draft pick Bradley Beal. They also currently have cap holds worth 854,389 to five free agents: Brian Cook, Cartier Martin, Roger Mason, James Singleton and Morris Almond. "The Wizards can release any of those cap holds to change their salary-cap number, but doing so would remove all Bird Rights they'd have to the player, meaning they could only re-sign them using exceptions such as the mid-level and bi-annual."Of those five free agents, bringing back Martin and Mason makes the most depth chart and need sense with Singleton not far behind.Prada also delves into the financial impact of using or not using the available amnesty clause on Andray Blatche. One day after a leading NBA salary cap expert forecasted the Wizards not using the option on Blatche or anyone else, some outlets are reporting the Wizardsare analyzing the scenario with "renewed consideration."Obviously much of the argument for jettisoning Blatche involves more than dollars, at least to those not tasked with stroking a 23 million check. Prada'sbasic conclusion? Any "immediate salary-cap space gained is negligible" and not enough to supersede the team likely using the mid-level exception as their primary free agent option."I think this is why you see some reluctance to immediately using the amnesty clause on Blatche," Prada wrote. "For all the very relevant non-cap reasons to let him go, it's not like the Wizards could use his 7.2-million salary on someone else.",
With six different teams in the past five years, Jeff Green has become one of the NBA's most itinerant journeymen.
Including his early-career move from Seattle to Oklahoma City, when the franchise transitioned from the Sonics to the Thunder, Green has played in eight different cities. Among active players, only Ish Smith (10), Marco Bellinelli (nine), Shaun Livingston (nine) and Anthony Tolliver (nine) have played for more teams.
Being in Washington this past season, though, was different. That's because Green is from the area, having grown up nearby in Maryland. He starred at Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, then at Georgetown University in Northwest D.C.
At 32 years old (he turns 33 in August), Green does not prefer being a basketball nomad. He would like to stay with the Wizards this summer as he aims for a new contract in free agency.
"I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]."
Green also mentioned playing for head coach Scott Brooks, for whom he played in Seattle and Oklahoma City. Brooks was an assistant on the Sonics staff when Green was a rookie, then took over as head coach in the middle of Green's sophomore season. Green left the Thunder after his third season and, 10 years later, was reunited with Brooks in Washington.
The biggest draw for Green to the Wizards, though, is the fact it is his hometown team. Though playing at home is a drawback for some players, Green found major benefits in being around family and in the town where he played college ball.
"Being in front of family every night was great for me. It allowed me to see my daughters more than a couple of times a year, which was great," he said.
"Being in a familiar setting from my Georgetown days was great. Being able to go up to Georgetown and watch the guys get better, it was great. [Those are] things I haven’t been able to do since being in the league."
On the court, Green found individual success with the Wizards amid a disappointing season overall. He averaged 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds while setting a career-high in effective field goal percentage (55.5).
He did all of that while making the league minimum of $2.4 million. On a Wizards team that was in some ways defined by bloated salaries, Green proved a bargain.
Hoping to come back to the Wizards was a familiar refrain from impending free agents during the Wizards' media exit interviews. Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker, Thomas Bryant and others all suggested they would like to return.
But with a new front office leadership structure set to be installed, certainty isn't offered for anyone. For Green, the Wizards' new general manager will need to evaluate whether he was part of their problems.
While Green probably exceeded expectations this season, he was on the floor when the team struggled to rebound the ball and defend just like his teammates were. The Wizards were 27th in the NBA in defensive rating this season at 112.8, according to NBA.com. Green's defensive rating was 112.6.
The Wizards and Green may ultimately not prove a fit in the eyes of the new GM. If that is the case, Green could move on to play in a new city, the ninth of his career.
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The 76ers-Nets playoff series has been wild from the start, but the trash talk and physical play reached the next level in the Sixers' Game 4 victory Sunday.
The contest featured two ejections as well as a game-deciding shot with 19.7 seconds left in the fourth quarter. In the middle of it all? None other than Jared Dudley and Mike Scott, who played for the Wizards in 2015-16 and 2017-18, respectively.
Tensions between Dudley and the Sixers had been simmering since he slammed Ben Simmons in the media after Game 1.
With 7:42 left in the third quarter Saturday, Joel Embiid committed a flagrant foul on Jarrett Allen under the basket. An incensed Dudley shoved Embiid, prompting Jimmy Butler to push Dudley away.
When Simmons to try to separate the two, he and Dudley got tangled up and tumbled into the front-row seats. Both Dudley and Butler were ejected on the spot.
Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler ejected for the melee; Embiid gets a Flagrant 1 pic.twitter.com/OllMftoI9W— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 20, 2019
The Nets held a 67-61 advantage when Dudley and Butler were tossed, but that lead dwindled to one point with under a minute left to go.
Brooklyn made the mistake of leaving Scott open in the corner, where Embiid set him up for a go-ahead three-pointer with 19.7 seconds remaining.
A pair of Tobias Harris free throws sealed the Sixers' 112-108 win, putting them up 3-1 in the series. Scott and company can finish off Dudley's squad in Game 5 on Tuesday.
In the meantime, listen as Scott goes 1-on-1 with Chris Miller in the latest Wizards Talk Podcast.
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