The NBA has released salary cap projections for 2018-19 and 2019-20 to its member franchises. According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, the news is good for teams hoping the cap will rise, but only modestly so.
Sources: NBA has informed teams of projected salary cap in next two offseasons: $101M for 2018-19, $108M for 2019-20, subject to change.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 29, 2017
This year’s cap sits at $99.1 million. If projections hold the ceiling will rise $2 million next year, with the following year seeing a $9 million total increase over the current number. The luxury tax threshold in 2018-19 would fall at approximately $120.8 million. The year following it would lie at $129.2 million.
The Portland Trail Blazers owe a minimum salary obligation of $122.2 million this year. Their 2018-19 total stands at $110.5 million, 2019-20 at $103.9 million. The latter number does not include salaries of major players due to be re-signed before then, most notably center Jusuf Nurkic.