August 26, 2014

Cavaliers Have Paid 6th Highest Amount in Luxury Taxes

The luxury tax in the NBA has been around for 11 years now already. According to Mark Deeks of, in that time, 23 of the league’s 30 franchises have paid luxury taxes. The 7 teams who have never paid luxury taxes are the Bulls, Bobcats, Warriors, Clippers, Hornets, Thunder, and Wizards.

Of possible interest to Cleveland fans is that the Cavaliers have paid the 6th highest luxury tax amount:

  1. New York Knicks – $195 million
  2. Dallas Mavericks – $150 million
  3. Portland Trail Blazers – $89 million
  4. Los Angeles Lakers – $84 million
  5. Boston Celtics – $46 million
  6. Cleveland Cavaliers – $43 million

In total, Dan Gilbert paid $43 million out of his own pocket to support the last 3 years of LeBron’s time in Cleveland. Unfortunately for both Gilbert and Cavalier fans, the team doesn’t have a Championship to show for it. The only teams to pay more in luxury tax and not win a title are the Knicks and Blazers.

Another interesting point revealed in these numbers is that if you’re going to win an NBA title, you should probably expect to pay a tax for it, as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst points out:

For now, the Cavaliers remain safely under the tax threshhold, but if the Cavaliers return to playoff contention in the next couple years, Dan Gilbert has shown he is willing to pay out of his own pocket to make title contention a reality. Hopefully for both his sake and Cleveland’s, the future will yield a better return on that investment.

NBA Owners Discuss Hard Cap Alternatives While Regular Season Hangs in the Balance

The day of reckoning for the NBA is rapidly approaching.

With owners and union officials meeting this week, several concessions were made by owners that gave fans a reason for either optimism or angst, depending on said fans’ desired outcome. However, NBA commissioner David Stern was quick to tell the media not to get too excited, as a deal was far from being close.

Stern went on to then say that the sides would meet again Friday in New York to “see whether they can either have a season or not have a season”. This gave the impression to most observers that Stern was essentially saying if momentum toward an agreement was not made this weekend that the league would just cancel the whole season now. [Read more...]