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If the Sixers Don’t Add $10 Million in Payroll, Then… Nothing

Aug 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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With all the attention that’s placed on the salary cap, people can sometimes forget there’s also a salary floor. It’s not often we see that come in to play – spending too little is one problem the Flyers will never encounter – but after trading Jrue Holiday for draft picks and making no attempt to sign any free agents, the 76ers are way under.

According to ProBasketballTalk, the acquisition of Tony Wroten brings the Sixers to about $10 million below the NBA’s floor. Given that the franchise is not interested in adding any big contracts, and there are no remaining free agents worth awarding that amount of money in the first place, it’s difficult to see how Sam Hinkie is going to get there without some wheeling and dealing.

Which begs the question: what happens if the Sixers don’t get above the minimum?

The short answer is nothing.

Nothing happens to the Sixers. They are going to take that $10 million figure or whatever it happens to be once the season starts, and they’re going to write a check to the NBA.

With the addition of Tony Wroten, the Sixers have 11 guaranteed contracts (if you count first round picks) totaling $42.8 million — new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie needs to add $10 million in salary by the end of the season to make the minimum. (Salary figures via Sham Sports and Hoopsworld.) If they don’t make the number the penalty is… just having to pay what they are short to the league. So, nothing really.

The important thing here is there is no real penalty if the Sixers don’t reach the floor. A franchise can be as terrible as they want as long as they are willing to foot the bill.

>> Sixers need to add $10 million in salary to make minimum [PBT]

  1. Tony - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    FYI, the difference between team salary and salary floor is divided up and paid to the players on that team…not to players on other teams in the league.

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    • Andrew Kulp - Aug 23, 2013 at 3:32 PM

      Sorry about that. The offending passage has been removed.

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    • broadsthooligans - Aug 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      So the team is required to spend that much on players, whether or not it is in the players contracts. If they’re ten million under then that ten million will be split proportionally between everyone with a contract this year but leaves them with the absurd amount of cap room to play with during and after this season. Correct?

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  2. Joe Kelly - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    Unreal…Sixers are pathetic

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    • Wmcgar01 - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

      And that’s a good thing.

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  3. G_E - Aug 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I will sit in for Andrew Bynum this season. Contribute the same numbers for a fraction of the cost.

    Sam – I will take that $10 million and show up at PCOM everyday, sit on the bench in street clothes and walk away at the end of the season. As a matter of fact, just give me $0.25 million and I will do it.

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    • themajor - Aug 24, 2013 at 7:31 AM

      what about your hair styles/

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  4. clubberlangphila - Aug 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    sign cuttino mobley to a 1-year, $10mil contract. problem solved, career saved.

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