After the huge increase, the cap is projected to dip to $100 million in 2018 and then make smaller increases in the following two seasons.
NEW YORK – The NBA’s new TV deal will inject so much money into the salary cap that a $90 million cap for the 2016-17 season was realistic.
What few saw coming: a $108 million salary cap with a luxury tax threshold of $127 million in 2017-18.
But according to projections sent by the league to teams, that’s how dramatically the salary cap will increase over the next few seasons.
The salary cap and luxury tax line will increase to approximately $67.1 million and $81.6 million next season, up from $63.065 million and $76.829 million this season and starting in the 2016-17 – when the league’s new lucrative multi-billion TV deal kicks in – the cap will increase to $89 million and the luxury tax threshold to $108 million and it will spike again to $108 million for the cap and $127 million for the luxury tax in 2017-18, two people familiar with the projected estimates told USA TODAY Sports.
They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the salary cap and luxury tax figures.
After those big increases, the cap is projected to dip in 2018-19 to 100 million for the salary cap and $121 million for the luxury tax line and then make smaller increases in the following two seasons.