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Camby's salary likely 10 M

 

I think the discrepancy in reporting about Camby's salary is due to the presence of 2M worth of "achievable bonuses" in his contract:

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clippers16-2008jul16,0,4548364.story

which do count against the salary cap. According to the same article, the Clippers are 2M under the cap.

EDIT: Just read the following in the Rocky Mountain News:

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/news/2008/jul/15/nuggets-ship-camby-clippers-draft-pick/

"Camby's base salary next season is $8 million and his cap number is $10 million because of the $2 million in games-played bonuses he got last season. So assuming Camby, 34, plays in 65 or more games next season, the Nuggets would have saved $20 million when the dollar-for- dollar tax is considered.

Camby, whose contract expires after he makes a base of $7.65 million in 2009-10, also has statistical bonuses that kick in if he averages 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots.

Considering he earned $1.25 million for such bonuses in 2006-07, the Nuggets potentially saved more than $22 million for next season."

The games played bonus should help allay concerns (not my own) that Camby won't try to tough out injuries. More interesting to me is the 10/10/2 performance bonus, which Camby missed last year because he only averaged 9.1 pts. He shot a respectable 45%, so clearly he's enough of a team player that he didn't selfishly jock up a couple more shots a game to make sure he hit his bonus.

btw, someone asked in a comment thread if we have the mid-level exception (MLE). According to Larry Coon's FAQ, the way it works is that every team under the cap is charged with a full MLE slot unless they specifically renounce their MLE, which I don't believe the Clippers had to do in order to sign Baron.

So I think that the Clippers have the full MLE (5.8 M) to use on free agents.

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