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Increasing luxury tax a mixed bag for Trail Blazers

Buried in the news about the NBA’s plan to start the 2020-21 season by Christmas was an interesting piece of salary cap information from ESPN’s Bobby Marks:

One thing that is unanimous is that teams are lobbying for the tax level to come in at $139M and apron at $145M.

If the tax stays flat at $132.7M, FA and the trade market essentially will become frozen.

A flat tax would only benefit the teams with cap space.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) October 26, 2020

Marks reports that there is unanimous support among NBA teams to raise the luxury tax to $139 million, about a $6 million increase from last year, even if the cap stays unchanged at $109 million as currently planned.