There is no need for the Warriors fan to grow anxious with the news Wednesday night that the NBA salary cap and luxury tax threshold will be roughly two percent lower than initially projected.
For one, those players committed to returning are not likely to change their minds.
For two, the cap/tax figures also will influence other teams that might target members of the Warriors, such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.
Even with the lower numbers, reported by multiple outlets, Kevin Durant remains in line for a raise from the $26.5 million he made last season, and he already has made clear his intentions to accept less than the $31.8 million the Warriors could’ve paid him.
With the cap expected to be about $99 million instead of the roughly $101 million originally forecast, that figure falls between $30 million and $31 million.
Durant’s willingness to be flexible -- designed to help the team in its attempts to retain Iguodala and maybe Livingston -- remains the most significant factor for the Warriors as they proceed. Even if Durant takes 10 percent less than, say, $31 million, he still would get a modest increase.
Stephen Curry, who also has announced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors, still could receive about $35 million in Year 1 of a five-year contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million.
When the numbers are that astronomical, losing a small percentage is not such a crucial factor.
The Warriors surely knew the cap/tax figures would take a hit. Both figures are impacted by revenue generated through the playoffs, which featured only 79 of a possible 105 games.
Only two series -- Jazz-Clippers and Celtics-Wizards -- went the full seven games and eight of the 15 series ended in five or fewer games, including five sweeps.
The Warriors accounted for three of those sweeps.
The Warriors may have a little more number crunching to do in the coming weeks.
The projected salary cap for the upcoming season was expected to be $102 million, but according to multiple reports, the NBA informed teams Wednesday night that the salary cap is now projected to be $99 million.
The luxury tax line will also reportedly come in lower than projected, from $121 million to $119 million.
The Warriors head into the offseason trying to figure out how to fit potential new contracts of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Saun Livingston under the cap. They also must address several other positions including the center spot.
News of the lower projections was first reported by MassLive.com and ESPN.
Teams have been informed the NBA expects the salary cap to go down from latest projections, per league source. $99 million the new number.— Jay King (@ByJayKing) June 22, 2017
NBA teams just found out they're getting $3 million less in salary cap space. Cap expected to come at $99M, down from $102M projection— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 22, 2017
Lowers the max numbers for Curry/Durant a bit, shaves paycut KD likely to take by about $1 million https://t.co/ypb0ydPs1X— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) June 22, 2017