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NBA Invites with D-League in Mind — On Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of former U.S.C. guard Julian Jacobs and U.C.L.A. forward Travis Wear. With Notre Dame forward Zach Auguste, signed on Monday, the Lakers have 18 players on their roster with training camp scheduled to open on September 26 with the team's annual media day.

NBA AM: Lakers Creative with Yi Jianlian Contract — On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers finally signed the second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, inking forward Brandon Ingram to a $23.8 million rookie-scale contract. Ingram was the last of his class to sign with a team, outside of the players who will spend at least a year overseas like Guerschon Yabusele (16th) and Ante Zizic (23rd) - both drafted by the Boston Celtics.

$19.5 Million in Cash Swapped in 2015-16 — Prior to the NBA's 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement, teams could send up to $3 million in cash out in trade multiple times a season. To level the playing field, limiting higher-budget franchises, teams are separately capped in the amount of money they can both send out and receive over the course of a season (from July 1 to June 30).

Deadlines Ahead for NBA Teams — Please enable Javascript to watch this video August is traditionally a vacation month for NBA teams. Outside of last week's schedule release, a few late free agent signings and Team USA playing in Rio, the league is relatively quiet.

NBA Rosters Nearly Full — During the offseason, NBA teams can carry as many as 20 players on their rosters, but by opening night each will need to get down to a maximum of 15. Teams are obligated to have at least 13 players on their roster, meaning the season will start with 390 to 450 players under contract.

Remaining Cap Space Teams and Projecting Summer 2017 — Please enable Javascript to watch this video With July nearing an end, most NBA teams have reached the $94,143,000 salary cap. A few never went under, including the Los Angeles Clippers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. Most of the top free agents are off the market, although technically LeBron James has yet to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Understanding Harden’s Restructured Contract — Please enable Javascript to watch this video On July 9, the Houston Rockets took advantage of one of the many quirks of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, renegotiating and extending the contract of All-Star guard James Harden.

Most Creative NBA Deals So Far — Please enable Javascript to watch this video The initial barrage of free agency is complete. While a few stragglers remain, most of the impact free agents are off the board. LeBron James has yet to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but that's presumed to be fait accompli.

NBA Lowers 2017-18 Cap Projection to $102 Million — Please enable Javascript to watch this video The NBA's salary cap projection for the 2017-18 season has dropped from $107 million to $102 million. In a memo distributed to all 30 teams, which was obtained by Basketball Insiders, the NBA credits a "substantial increase in projected player spending for 2016-17" that will reduce the league's projected shortfall to the players to $200 million.

Running Best/Worst Case 2016-17 NBA Cap Projections — Please enable Javascript to watch this video The NBA set the salary cap for the 2016-17 at $94,143,000. Free agency began on July 1 - although teams can sign players as of July 7, after the league's annual moratorium.
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Sep 27, 2016

Of course, teams can cut guaranteed players or make trades to open room

Sep 27, 2016

Interesting but Gary Payton II's deal is guaranteed w/Houston Rockets - giving them 15 locked and D'Mo still an RFA @BBallInsiders

Sep 27, 2016

RT @EarlKSneed: Rick Carlisle says 6 players are essentially fighting for 1 spot on the @dallasmavs' roster. Someone with guaranteed money…

Sep 27, 2016

RT @MagicJohnson: Congratulations @Nnemkadi30 on being named the 2016 @WNBA Most Valuable Player! #GoSparks #WNBAMVP

Sep 27, 2016

@deisner17 @warriorsworld KD should opt out but re-sign via non-Bird rights - which is under max, but not prohibitively

Sep 27, 2016

@warriorsworld if you want to call it that - not precise for my taste - but you do you, lol

Sep 27, 2016

@warriorsworld actually Curry isn't a top tier max next summer - more like $166 mil

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