” A new rule effectively prohibits teams operating well above the luxury-tax threshold from receiving players in sign-and-trade agreements. Essentially, it means that the Heat cannot receive a current free agent through a trade.”
“Under the wrinkle in the CBA that went into effect Monday, a team cannot receive a player in a sign-and-trade agreement if it puts that team more than $4 million above the luxury tax threshold (a status known as operating above the tax “apron”).”
Which means that the Miami Heat have to settle for cheaper free agents (the Greg Odens and Sebastian Telfairs of the world) who don’t have to be sign-and-traded.
“Q: Does having top dollars for a contract mean the same thing as the minimum plus a championship shot for a veteran entering free agency? Can the Heat go toe-to-toe with those markets that have all the cash in the world to offer? — Javier.
A: I don’t think so. Money still talks. But I do think the Heat will have an edge for second-tier free agents because of the championship possibilities they can present them. The Heat might be able to get a $3 million player to take the $1.4 million veteran minimum, but I doubt they’re getting a $10 million player for their $3.2 million taxpayer mid-level.”
“Each player has an exit physical where we determine if they have recovered from any injuries or significant orthopedic conditions that need further treatment over the summer.
If treatment is needed, this is obtained as quickly as possible to prevent it impacting on training camp next year. All of our players are evaluated for an off-season conditioning program aimed at addressing any deficiencies they have and using this as a time to improve conditioning.”