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NBA Salary Cap Projections Remain Unchanged for 2018-19

Despite increased ratings, the NBA doesn’t forecast the cap rising much over the next two years,

NBA: Portland Trail Blazers at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA salary cap projection for 2018-19 remains steady at $101 million according to a memo sent to NBA teams, revealed by Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders and NBA TV. The final number won’t be known until the free agent moratorium in July, 2018, but the league does not forecast a windfall.

According to Basketball Insiders, the Portland Trail Blazers are obligated to $110.5 million in salary already for 2018-19, well over the projected cap. That figure does not include any optional or free agent contracts, including those of Jusuf Nurkic, Shabazz Napier, and Pat Connaughton. Retaining any of those players would push the number higher.

Pincus also reports that during the current season, players have received more than their allotted share of Basketball Related Income (BRI) mandated by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.