How Will these New CBA Terms Affect the Celtics?
How Will these New CBA Terms Affect the Celtics?
posted at 12/1/2011 8:53 PM EST-
SUMMARY OF CBA DEAL TERMS
1. BRI Split
• Basketball Related Income (BRI) is split 50%/50% each season between the players and teams, and, in addition:
•Players receive a greater share of BRI to the extent BRI exceeds projections, and a smaller share of BRI to the extent BRI falls short of projections. Specifically, the players' share (i) will be increased by 60.5% of incremental BRI in excess of projected BRI for each season, and (ii) will be reduced by 60.5% of the amount by which BRI falls short of projected BRI for each season; and
•The players' resulting overall share of BRI in a season is no less than 49% and no greater than 51%
.• In Year 1 of the agreement, players will receive a pegged amount equal to 51.15% of BRI (with no upside or downside), and, assuming we are able to complete the agreement and open for business on December 25, player contracts will be prorated such that players will receive 66/82ds of their stated contract amounts.
2. Salary Cap/Tax System
• System includes a Soft Salary Cap as under the 2005 CBA.• Salary Cap and Tax levels set in relation to the projected escrow level (escrow level equals 50% of BRI, less Benefits, divided by 30) in same proportions as under the 2005 CBA. Salary Cap and Tax levels in years 1 and 2 to be no less than their 2010-11 levels.
• Salary Cap Exceptions the same as under the 2005 CBA, except as follows:•Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception: Set at $5M in years 1 and 2, growing 3% annually thereafter; maximum contract length of 4 years; can be used every year.
•Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception: Set at $3M in year 1, growing 3% annually thereafter; maximum contract length of 3 years; can be used every year.
•Mid-Level Exception for Room Teams: A new Exception is available for teams that use Room under the Salary Cap (and therefore forfeit their Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level and Bi-Annual Exceptions). The exception allows a team using Room to thereafter sign one or more free agents to a contract with a total first year salary up to $2.5M and up to 2 years in length. Exception amount to grow 3% annually.
•Bi-Annual Exception can only be used by non-taxpayers. Amount set at $1.9M in year 1, growing 3% annually thereafter. Exception cannot be used in 2 consecutive years and has maximum contract length of 2 years (same as under 2005 CBA).
•Disabled Player Exception set at lesser of (i) 50% of the disabled player's salary, or (ii) the amount of the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception. Maximum contract length of 1 year. Exception available to be used to replace player who suffers season-ending injury (same as under 2005 CBA).
•Traded Player Exception increased for non-taxpayers such that the amount a non-taxpaying team has available to replace a traded player or players equals the lesser of (i) 150% of salaries of players being traded plus $100,000, or (ii) the salaries of players being traded plus $5M. (For purposes of this rule, team is a non-taxpayer if its post-trade team salary is below the Tax level.)
•Traded Player Exception for taxpayers equals 125% of the salaries of players being traded plus $100,000 (same as under 2005 CBA).Base Year Compensation (BYC) in connection with the Traded Player Exception is eliminated, except in sign-and-trade transactions. Trades of players who otherwise would be subject to BYC prohibited until January 15. Criteria for whether a player is subject to BYC same as under 2005 CBA.
• Minimum Team Salary increased to (i) 85% of Salary Cap in years 1 and 2, and (ii) 90% of Salary Cap starting in year 3.
• In years 1 and 2, Tax rate for teams with team salary above Tax level is $1-for-$1 (same as 2005 CBA).
• Beginning in year 3, Tax rates for teams with team salary above Tax level are as follows:Incremental Team Salary Above Tax Level Tax Rate$0M - 5M $1.50-for-$1$5M - 10M $1.75-for-$1$10M - 15M $2.50-for-$1$15M - 20M $3.25-for-$1Tax rates increase by $0.50 for each additional $5M above the Tax level (e.g., for team salary $20M-25M above the Tax level, the Tax rate is $3.75-for-$1).Tax rates for teams that are taxpayers in at least 4 out of any 5 seasons (starting in 2011-12) increase by $1 at each increment (e.g., for team salary $5M-$10M above the Tax level, the Tax rate for a repeat taxpayer is $2.75-for-$1 instead of $1.75-for-$1).• A maximum of 50% of Tax payments in any season can be directed exclusively to non-taxpayers.• A team in any season that uses the Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception or the Bi-Annual Exception, or that in year 3 or after acquires a free agent in a sign-and-trade transaction, cannot at any time thereafter have a team salary at any point during that season in excess of $4 million above the Tax level.
NBA to guarantee players' share of BRI. If for any season aggregate player salaries and benefits fall short of the agreed-upon share of BRI, the difference would be paid by the NBA to the Players Association for distribution to all NBA players who were on a team roster in that season on such proportional basis as may be reasonably determined by the Players Association.10% escrow withholding used in all seasons.If the 10% escrow is insufficient to reduce aggregate player salaries and benefits to the agreed-upon share of BRI, then the overage will be paid from the new benefits pool to be funded with 1% of BRI (described in Section 15).Parties to agree on mechanisms to adjust Salary Cap and Tax levels as may be needed every year so as to ensure that the agreed-upon share of BRI is not exceeded.Parties also to agree on provision to protect the NBA in case of a significant drop in revenues.
4. Maximum Length of Contracts
Maximum contract length of 5 years for Bird players and 4 years for other free agents.Maximum of 4 new years for rookie extensions (except maximum of 5 new years for a maximum-salary Designated Player rookie extension - team can have only 1 Designated Player on its roster at any time).Maximum of 4 total years for veteran extensions (e.g., 3 new years if extension signed during last year of player's original contract), except 3 total years (e.g., 2 new years if extension signed during last year of player's original contract) for extensions entered into as part of extension-and-trades.5.
Maximum annual increases of 7.5% for Bird and Early Bird players, and 4.5% for other players.
6. Minimum Salaries
Minimum player salary scale to be set at or about levels shown in 2005 CBA for 2010-11 season until reduction in scale is proportional to reduction to overall system (i.e., approx. 12% lower than under the 2005 CBA). Scale grows by a percentage to be determined (between 3.5% and 4.5%) in future seasons.
7. Maximum Salaries
Rules governing maximum individual salaries for new contracts are the same as under the 2005 CBA, except that any player in his 5th year (e.g., following his rookie scale contract) is eligible to receive from his own team a maximum salary contract that provides for a starting salary of up to 30 percent of the Salary Cap, provided he has met one of the following criteria: (i) named to the All-NBA first, second, or third team two times, (ii) voted in as an All-Star starter two times, or (iii) named NBA MVP one time. A 30% max contract cannot be signed as part of a sign-and-trade transaction.8. Salary
Salary guarantees remain the same as under the 2005 CBA; i.e., there will be no limitations on a player's ability to receive 100% guaranteed salary in all seasons of a contract.
9. Other Contract Rules
For new contracts, salary of waived players to be "stretched" for cash purposes such that the player's remaining protected compensation would be paid over twice the number of remaining contract years plus 1 year.In lieu of the usual Cap treatment, the waiving team may elect to have the waived player's salary follow the stretched cash allocation, except that stretching a waived player's salary for Cap purposes is not permitted where the portion of total team salary attributable to all waived players in any future season would exceed an agreed-upon percentage of the Salary Cap in effect during the season in which the player is waived.Team and player options are as under the 2005 CBA.All salaries for 2011-12 to be prorated in proportion to the number of 2011-12 regular season games that are canceled.10. RookiesFirst-year salary amounts for first round picks to be set at or about levels shown in 2005 CBA for 2010-11 season until reduction in the rookies scale is proportional to reduction to overall system (i.e., approx. 12% lower than under the 2005 CBA). First-year salary amounts in future seasons' rookie scales to increase by a percentage to be determined (between 3.5% to 4.5%). Year-to-year increases within each season's scale to increase by 4.5% in years 2 and 3 and by the percentages set forth in the 2005 CBA rookie scale for year 4.
11. Free Agency
Sign-and-Trades Except during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons, teams are prohibited from acquiring a free agent in a sign-and-trade if their team salary post-transaction would exceed the tax level by more than $4 million. The maximum contract length for a sign-and-trade is 4 years, and maximum annual increases are 4.5%.Offer Sheets Period for a player's prior team to match an Offer Sheet that a Restricted Free Agent receives from a new team shortened from 7 to 3 days.Qualifying Offers Qualifying Offer amounts are the same as in 2005 CBA except, starting in 2012-13, as follows: any first round pick who, over his prior two seasons, starts an average of 41 regular season games per season or averages 2000 or more minutes of playing time per season (the "starter criteria") will receive the same Qualifying Offer amount as the player who was the 9th pick in the draft; any second round pick or undrafted player who meets the starter criteria will receive the same Qualifying Offer amount as the player who was the 21st pick in the draft; and any first round pick selected in the first 14 picks in the draft who fails to meet the starter criteria will receive the same Qualifying Offer amount as the 15th pick in the draft.All Qualifying Offers fully guaranteed.
12. Salary Cap Holds
Salary Cap holds — i.e., amounts that are included in a team's team salary in respect of the team's free agents prior to signing, calculated based upon a multiple of the free agent's prior salary — are as follows:First-round picks Reduced from 300%/250% (if prior salary is below average salary / above average salary) to 250%/200%Bird Reduced from 200%/150% to 190%/150%Early Bird 130% (same as 2005 CBA)Non-Bird 120% (same as 2005 CBA)
13. Trade Rules
Extension-and-trades permitted, except maximum length of any such extended contract is 3 years (e.g., 2 new years if player during last year of his old contract) and max annual increases are 4.5 percent. If a player signs a contract extension for a longer period or higher amount than would have been permitted for an extension-and-trade, then the team is prohibited from trading the player for a period of six months following the date of the extension. If a team acquires a player in a trade, then, for a period of six months following the date of the trade, the team is prohibited from signing the player to a contract extension for a longer period or higher amount than would have been permitted for an extension-and-trade.Cash paid or received by teams in trades is limited to an aggregate of $3M per team annually.Waiting period for trading team to re-sign traded player who is waived by recipient team is extended until the earlier of (i) one year from the date of the trade, or (ii) the July 1 following the last season of player's contract.
Each team permitted to waive 1 player prior to any season of the CBA (only for contracts in place at the inception of the CBA) and have 100% of the player's salary removed from team salary for Cap and Tax purposes.Salary of amnestied players included for purposes of calculating players' agreed-upon share of BRI.A modified waiver process will be utilized for players waived pursuant to the Amnesty rule, under which teams with Room under the Cap can submit competing offers to assume some but not all of the player's remaining contract. If a player's contract is claimed in this manner, the remaining portion of the player's salary will continue to be paid by the team that waived him.
15. Player Benefits
New benefits pool to be funded with 1% of BRI for post-career player annuity and welfare benefits. This 1% of BRI benefits pool is included in (and is not in addition to) the players' 50% share of BRI (and is also included in the players' 51.15% share of BRI in year 1).
16. Revenue Sharing
The NBA will commit to maintaining during each year of the CBA the revenue sharing plan that the NBA has described to the Players Association.
17. Term of Agreement
10 years, with mutual NBA and Players Association opt-outs after year 6.
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Re: How Will these New CBA Terms Affect the Celtics?
posted at 12/2/2011 4:26 PM ESTIn Response to Re: How Will these New CBA Terms Affect the Celtics?:
-Rajon, Thank you for posting this. I am not going to single anyone out, but I hope everyone reads your entry, as this board is getting ridiculous with all the names being thrown out that the C's should, could, would go after. THE C'S CANNOT FIT ANY OF THOSE PLAYERS INTO THE SALARY CAP They have one more run this year with an aging three, a hobbled center, an erratic pg, and no depth. Look for them to come out as the best team in the league with something tantalizing like 17-3. Then fatigue, nagging injuries and lack of depth creep in and they hobble into the play-offs looking beat to start. Next year...rebuild, with DA and Doc giving the team stability, sense of Celtic history/pride, and the knowledge to the fan base that they have been there and done that. Give them time, and I think in 2-3 years with a lottery lucky draw, they can build an Oklahoma city type team quickly
Posted by rkarp
Thanks for that much needed dose of NBA reality.
I'm totally psyched about seeing our Big Three & Rondo make one final run at the ring. After that I have confidence that Danny will rebuild the team on the fly and still be a contender.
This new CBA works for smart franchises like the Celtics.
All the rumor hype, especially about Rondo, I think is just so much media hype and PR trying to get the focus back on the C's and the NBA now that, that pathetic labor dispute is over. No one covered themselves in glory but imo the players came out looking bad and kind of dumb.
I'm just glad it's over and this shortened season should be a lot of fun in a lot of ways. I can't wait for the moves to begin. I just cross my fingers that none of my favorite Celtics are dealt this season. I'm a fan first, a GM-wanna B second.