(got this from bright side of the sun)... lets get on it nba!
Until now, Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard had a secret it appears most of the NBA hadn’t taken the time to discover for itself: Darius Miles is on the brink of blowing up the Blazers’ salary-cap space.
Most of the NBA believed Miles still was eight regular-season games away from devastating the Blazers’ salary cap, but Yahoo! Sports learned on Wednesday that Miles is just two games away.
Teams had been under the impression that the league’s collective bargaining agreement demanded that Miles play 10 regular-season or postseason games for the $18 million – which is split evenly between this and next season – to return to the Blazers’ payroll.<!--Vendor: Turner Inc, Format: IFRAME --><!-- ADSPACE: news/bottom.160x600 --> <!-- /SIG=150m9s9or/M=698984.13038616.13242944.12597757/D=sports/S=97684947:SKY/_ylt=AhkIfWTuNFwckPaR2JLbUbrTjdIF/Y=YAHOO/EXP=1231486463/L=yKjtjdG_bvHfG46ySRTeaAGUTMvskklm4d8ADAxc/B=I63kn9G_RuA-/J=1231479263864136/A=5515690/R=0 --> <img width=1 height=1 alt="" src="http://us.bc.yahoo.com/b?P=yKjtjdG_bvHfG46ySRTeaAGUTMvskklm4d8ADAxc&T=14tk4ipt0%2fX%3d1231479263%2fE%3d97684947%2fR%3dsports%2fK%3d5%2fV%3d2.1%2fW%3dH%2fY%3dYAHOO%2fF%3d31584741%2fH%3dY29udGVudD0ibGVhZ3VlPW5iYQ--%2fQ%3d-1%2fS%3d1%2fJ%3d076FBFD1&U=13fqq6oop%2fN%3dI63kn9G_RuA-%2fC%3d698984.13038616.13242944.12597757%2fD%3dSKY%2fB%3d5515690%2fV%3d1">
All along, the Blazers knew exactly that the preseason games counted, but a league official said Wednesday night, “He wanted to keep it quiet.”
Apparently, no team had called the league for clarification on the rule that states the season is constituted by the “first day of training camp and ending immediately after the last game of the NBA Finals.”
The league office confirmed to Yahoo! Sports that the six preseason games that Miles played for the Boston Celtics counts toward the 10. Before the Memphis Grizzlies waived him on Tuesday night to avoid guaranteeing his contract for the rest of the season, Miles played two regular-season games that pushed him to eight total.
Any team in the NBA simply can sign Miles to a 10-day contract, play him twice and punch out one of the summer’s top free-agent destinations. The Blazers are a prime destination for free agents, and the cap space also made them a fierce competitor for sign-and-trade deals. If Miles returns to the salary cap, he also will push Portland into the luxury tax. That means every team under the tax would benefit with about $250,000 of revenue sharing from Portland.