I know with the CBA expired players currently under contract can only receive new contracts that are at a maximum 30% raise from their existing contracts. That makes sense, but what I am wondering now is what about the new rookies that are going to be drafted?
The top picks are going to get tens of millions of dollars in base salary and signing/other bonuses. The bonuses are mostly prorated over the length of the contract to minimize the cap hit per year of the contract so that the team can stay under the salary cap and still pay the rest of the team. Since this year is uncapped, I am trying to figure out if these new contracts can pay all of the bonuses this year, while it is uncapped, and therefore have lighter cap hits when a new CBA is agreed on. This would help every team in that if they draft a $50 million bust, their cap hit is lower in the next few years if they give up and cut him.
This is just something I thought up and I haven't heard anyone bring this up on TV or in an article, so that means either it cant be done and I'm wasting my time or no one has really thought about it. What do you think?