24K GOLD wrote:
Weezy wrote:Um... not legally. You can only offer what you have to offer under the rules, in our case the mini MLE and the minimum. All the 5 billion would mean is that maybe they'd be more willing to pay the luxury tax for a winnig team.
That still bodes well for us, right? I mean we still have money to spend. By "not legally" you mean that we can't splash mega-contracts for players if we're over the cap?
All the Cap rules still apply.
For instance, the TV deal can land the Lakers an extra 10 million in pure revenue a year, but that may not have any direct effect on contracts we are allowed to offer to players. An example: we cannot offer JO a deal worth 5 million a year because it is against the rules of the CBA, even if we have the money to do it because of the TV deal.
What the new TV deal may mean is that the Lakers are slightly more willing to offer larger contracts to players already on their team. An example: we're far above the luxury tax with our current roster, but because we're also making more money from the TV deal, we may be willing to pay Jordan Hill 3 million a year (most we can offer under the CBA) even though he'd be a small-bit role player. Whereas without the TV deal we would not be willing to offer that contract because it would be too costly.