Imagine you're an NBA general manager. You're offered a sweet deal at the trade deadline -- one that's too good to pass up. Only you have to turn it down. "Sorry, no can do" is your regretful response.
Welcome to life with a hard cap.
The hard cap was born with the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, and it's really a side effect of another rule. The league wanted to increase the penalties for high-spending teams because a dollar-for-dollar luxury tax hadn't been....
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