Originally posted on Sun Sentinel  |  Last updated 10/13/11
(When the NBA resumes play, the league will find itself dealing with a new collective-bargaining agreement, one that could impact how the Heat do business going forward. This is the fourth in a series of evaluations of such aspects.) The issue: The just-expired CBA had three primary exceptions that allowed teams to exceed the salary cap when it came to veteran talent: the mid-level exception that was $5.8 million last season and could be utilized for up to five seasons, creating a $35 million package; the lower-level exception that was worth $2.2 million last season and could not be spent in consecutive years; and the Bird exceptions that were utilized to retain veterans with at least two seasons with the same team. Now the league is pushing for a mid-level that would be $3 million, and could be extended for only two or three years; no lower-level exception; and a plan to allow teams to designate only one Bird Rights player for renewal above the cap per year. The Heat aspect: The ...
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