It’s confusing, frustrating and largely secretive. Figuring out exceptions, cap space and potential moves sometimes feels like double majoring in chemistry and calculus.
It’s impossible to know for sure without the actual numbers. So, to better help you prognosticate, here is my best attempt at the Warriors’ salary cap situation, including cap holds.
$13,000,000 Andrew Bogut
$12,744,000 David Lee
$10,164,000 Richard Jefferson
$9,000,000 Andris Biedrins
($7,391,645) Brandon Rush’s cap hold
$3,958,742 Stephen Curry
$2,798,040 Harrison Barnes
$2,222,160 Klay Thompson
$1,020,960 Festus Ezeli
($854,389) Dominic McGuire’s cap hold
($854,389) Nate Robinson’s cap hold
$762,195 Charles Jenkins
$762,195 Jeremy Tyler
($473,604) Draymond Green’s cap hold
($473,604) Ognjen Kuzmic’s cap hold
Some things you need to remember:
* Chris Wright, Mickell Gladness and Mikki Moore were not extended qualifying offers and are now unrestricted free agents
* Kuzmic won’t stay on the cap once the season begins and he is officially stashed in Europe
* There is no penalty for going over the luxury tax now. The penalties are assessed at the end of the season.
* The reason the Warriors’ cap figure is at $66 million – which is only $4 million shy of the $70.3 million luxury tax – is because of Brandon Rush’s cap hold number. But in reality, they’re at about $62 million. How? They’re working off Rush’s qualifying offer (which is $4.4 million and much closer to what Rush will get) and not his cap hold number. If you take away that difference, and take away Kuzmic’s cap hold, and take away one of Robinson’s or McGuire’s cap hold (since both can’t come back), the number drops to about $62 million. Even lower if you take away the cap holds for Robinson, McGuire and Kuzmic.
* If you find any mistakes, I’d be happy to hear them. I’m sure there are some.