Sunday was a big day for the Miami Heat. The team reportedly agreed to terms with forward Luol Deng (two-year, $20 million contract), guard Mario Chalmers (two-year contract) and center Chris “Birdman” Andersen to a multi-year deal.
Coalesce these transactions with those the Heat made early on in free agency and they all set the team up to have requisite cap room to target marquee free agents in 2016.
According to Ethan J. Skolnick we can expect the Heat to continue offering two-year deals.
Heat’s strategy is clear: They’re trying to get as many guys (including their own) to take 2 year deals as they can, clear room for 2016.
— Ethan J. Skolnick (@EthanJSkolnick) July 13, 2014
The 2016 free agency class is expected to be loaded with talent, potential free agents include: Kevin Durant, LeBron James – highly unlikely to leave Cleveland twice –, Dwight Howard, DeMar DeRoazan, Al Horford, along with many others.
In ESPN’s Brian Windhorst article titled “LeBron deal has eye on future cap“, Windhorst brought up the potential increase in the salary cap, stating “Depending on how the new television contracts are put together, the salary cap is projected to leap to as high as $80 million in 2016.” The current cap sits at $63.065 million.