The NBA is awash in cash these days, and that means future free agents are going to get paid. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBA salary cap is expected to rise from approximately $94 million in 2016 to an astonishing $120 million in 2020: Of course, that salary cap is just a number. You, dear reader, want to know what that means for the game’s biggest stars. The answer, in a nutshell, is massive contracts that will pay out an average of nearly $50 million per season. Take a player such as the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, who has a player option for the 2019-20 season. If Leonard decided to hold off on becoming a free agent until the summer of 2020, and if the Spurs labeled him as one of their “designated veterans,” Leonard would be eligible to earn 35 percent of the salary cap in the first year of his new contract, for a sum of approximately $42 million, based off of the current projection. And that’s just the first year.
NBA maximum contracts could approach $250 million by 2020
Fox Sports | Dec 20