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Report: New Collective Bargaining Agreement will tie exceptions to salary cap

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In 2011, NBA owners and players agreed the No. 30 pick in the 2016 draft would earn up to $1,171,560 the following season.

Little did they know the salary cap would skyrocket to $94,143,000 due to lucrative new national TV contracts – leaving the No. 30 pick earning just 1.24% of the cap.

That created an absurd situation where some second-rounders earned more than scaled first-rounders.

No. 31 pick Deyonta Davis and No. 45 pick Demetrius Jackson pick will earn more than first-rounders this year. Other second-rounders used their increased relative leverage to secure more guaranteed money over the duration of their contracts.

But the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will prevent these absurd situations. The previous CBA set exact annual amounts for mid-level, bi-annual, minimum-salary and rookie exceptions. The new CBA will determine those exception values organically.

Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post:

A new CBA offers an opportunity to reset the exception amounts to appropriate levels. So, using preset exception values for the next 6-7 years would probably turn out fine.

But this allows the system to work as intended even with major unforeseen increases or decreases in revenue.

This is probably only correcting for a fluke occurrence that bit the league once, but better to have learned than not. There is no harm, only upside, in tying exceptions to the cap.

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.