Forget what has been written about the Nets having a hard cap, keeping them from being able to acquire Dwight Howard in a sign-and-trade. That was based on reports that Mirza Teletovic had reached an agreement for the full mid-level exception or $5 million.
Several reporters are tweeting/writing that Teletovic may sign instead for the tax-payer (mini) mid-level, with a starting salary of $3.09 million. That would allow the Nets to trade for Howard and go over the luxury tax line. It would alos make it easier, if a Howard deal fell though, to deal for Ersan Ilyasova in a sign-and-trade involving Kris Humphries
"Am told that resolution on Teletovic contract, with him accepting lesser number, is 'likely,'" Howard Beck tweeted Wednesday.
"With this constraint aside, a potential Howard trade wouldn't be the only benefit," John Hollinger writes. "The Nets wouldn't be constrained in what they can offer free agents Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez, so New Jersey would then be a heavy favorite to keep both and, in Howard's absence, send out a potent starting five of Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Humphries and Lopez."
It also translates into something else. The Nets are not being stingy. The hard cap is $74.2 million, $4.2 million above the luxury tax threshold. This means Mikhail Prokhorov is willing to go higher.
- Brooklyn Nets' chances of landing Dwight Howard could improve - John Hollinger - ESPN Insider
Nets' deal with Teletovic reopens trade options - Sam Amick & Zach Lowe - Sports Illustrated