NBA Free Agency: The Salary Cap Explained

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With the opening of NBA free agency last night at 12:01 A.M., teams are finally free to negotiate with players who are no longer under contract with another team.  The next couple of weeks are important, whether a team is hoping to add the last piece needed to become a contender for a championship or looking for a superstar to build around for years to come.  Historically, free agency has changed the course of teams, mostly for the better. In 1996, the Lakers signed Shaquille O’Neal away from the Orlando Magic and went on to win three titles. Three years ago in “The Decision”, Lebron James famously joined Dwayne Wade with the Miami Heat along with Chris Bosh, and went on to win two titles in three seasons.

Free agent signings can go wrong as well though. With a salary cap (spending limit) in place for teams, those who are…

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About Rajiv Radia

Rajiv is a third year law student at American University - Washington College of Law in Washington DC and a long time sports fanatic.
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