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Ivey is a 2 year deal. Rush is 1 year. From what I have read at least. They weren't really covered too much and the Philly beat writers are pure garbage who don't find out anything.

Either way, both guys will count against the cap at the minimum next season (or if they're gone, a minimum contract will be added to the cap number.)

Well, Boston are the champs, Detroit won 59 games last year and, while the starters are getting older, we don't have anything remotely resembling a Jason Maxiell on our bench. And then I like Toronto a lot. If O'Neal can be any good for them that's a pretty imposing team. I put us fourth.

gdog2004 reply to Tray on Aug 15 at 9:44

Your forgetting the cavs which were one basket away from defeating boston in the playoffs.
Lebron just got a 18 PPG scorer so they will be better.
My Order...

By the way...Where are the Eagles blogs/articles ?
Its supposed to be the Yankees/Sixers AND Eagles ruining your life Brain...whats up man?

My Eagles coverage has been sorely lacking. It should pick up soon.

I'm not sold on Toronto. O'Neal would have to knock about 3 years off his odometer for them to be ahead of the Sixers. I'd probably put the Sixers and Detroit in #2 and #3 slots, not sure who I'd put higher. I like Maxiell, but the rest of that bench is questionable.

Tray reply to Brian on Aug 16 at 0:19

I wouldn't be surprised if this was Amir Johnson's breakout year. And it's true that Mo Williams does make Cleveland at least as good as us. And what about Orlando? 52 wins last season and we still haven't seen the best of Dwight Howard. Pietrus and Courtney Lee are good additions for them. If everything broke wrong, we could conceivably finish sixth.

Yup, it's hard to predict. I think we fall somewhere between 2nd and 6th definitely, probably 3rd or 4th.

doodh wali on Aug 15 at 17:56

enjoy your blog, check it now and again.

however, wanted to point out that your understanding of the salary cap and the use of the mid-level exception, etc. is incorrect.

from: http://members.cox.net/lmcoon/salarycap.htm#20

20. How do exceptions count against the cap? Does being under the cap always mean that a team has room to sign free agents? Do teams ever lose their exceptions?

If a team is below the cap, then their Disabled Player, Bi-Annual, Mid-Level and/or Traded Player exceptions are added to their team salary, and the league treats the team as though they are over the cap. This is to prevent a loophole, in a manner similar to free agent amounts (see question numbers 29, 30, 31, 32). A team can't act like they're under the cap and sign free agents using cap room, and then use their Disabled Player, Bi-Annual, Mid-Level and/or Traded Player exceptions. Consequently, the exceptions are added to their team salary (putting the team over the cap) if the team is under the cap and adding the exceptions puts them over the cap. If a team is already over the cap, then the exceptions are not added to their team salary. There would be no point in doing so, since there is no cap room for signing free agents.

So it is not true that being under the cap necessarily means a team has room to sign free agents. For example, assume the cap is $49.5 million, and a team has $43 million committed to salaries. They also have a Mid-Level exception for $5 million and a Traded Player exception for $5.5 million. Even though their salaries put them $6.5 million under the cap, their exceptions are added to their salaries, putting them at $53.5 million, or $4 million over the cap. So they actually have no cap room to sign free agents, and must instead use their exceptions.

Teams have the option of renouncing their exceptions in order to claim the cap room. So in the example above, if the team renounced their Traded Player and Mid-Level exceptions, then the $10.5 million is taken off their team salary, which then totals $43 million, leaving them with $6.5 million of cap room which can then be used to sign free agent(s).

The Disabled Player, Bi-Annual, Mid-Level and Traded Player exceptions may be lost entirely, or the team may never receive them to begin with. This happens when their team salary is so low that when the exceptions are added to the team salary, the sum is still below the salary cap. If the team salary is below this level when the exception arises, then the team doesn't get the exception. If the team salary ever drops below this level during the year, then any exceptions they had are lost.

For example, with a $49.5 million salary cap, assume it's the offseason, and a team has $41 million committed to salaries, along with a Mid-Level exception for $5 million, a Traded Player exception for $2.5 million, and an unrenounced free agent whose free agent amount is $2 million. Their salaries and exceptions total $50.5 million, or $1 million over the cap. What if their free agent signs with another team? The $2 million free agent amount comes off their cap, so their team salary drops to $48.5 million. This total is below the cap so the team loses its Mid-Level and Traded Player exceptions.

There is logic behind this. The whole idea behind an "exception" is that it is an exception to the rule which says a team has to be below the salary cap. In other words, an exception is a mechanism which allows a team to function above the cap. If a team isn't over the cap, then the concept of an exception is moot. Therefore, if a team's team salary ever drops this far, its exceptions go away. The effect is that a team may have either exceptions or cap room, but they can't have both.

Nice catch, and thanks for the correction. So basically, they will have all of their exceptions available to them unless they renounce to use their minimal cap space, which they obviously wouldn't do if the space they had was less than the value of the exceptions.

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