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NBA Salary Cap Projections Unchanged in 2019-20, Reduced in 2020-21

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The projected salary cap for the 2019-20 season will stay the same, reports Shams Charania of the Athletic.

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Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the NBA has provided teams with new upcoming salary and luxury tax projections. For the 2019-20 season, there is no change: Salary cap is still expected to be $109 million, an increase of $8 million from 2018-19, and the luxury tax threshold is $132 million. However, for 2020-21, expectations are reduced by $2 million. The predicted cap is now $116 million, with the luxury tax kicking in at $141 million.

Given that this is the salary cap and tax level situation most teams have been preparing for, it is unlikely to contribute to significant change during free agency this summer. The Portland Trail Blazers have $126 million in guaranteed salaries on the books, not including Jake Layman, Al-Farouq Aminu, or a first-round draft pick. You can read more about the cap implications for the Blazers in Eric Griffifth’s piece here.