FireDannyAinge got me thinking about the Celtics’ cap situation. Now let me point out that unlike some others – Kiki Vandeweghe – I am not willing to hand the Celtics a trophy in late July / early August. Hell as those of us who either live in the DMV and/or are Redskins fans know, you can make great moves on paper in the off-season, but they don’t mean squat in the regular season. As the cliché goes, you have to play the games.
“According to the NBA.com website the 07-08 salary cap is currently set at $55.63M and the luxury cap threshold is set at $67.865M…”
FireDannyAinge was talking about all of the money that the Celts had tied up in three players, so I did some quick Google searches (ding) and came across the Boston Celtics Salaries on HoopsHype.com (ding). Amazingly the page lists the Celts salary number for the 07/08 season as $69.446M, but that is only for 10 players. So based on my quick subtraction skills, they are approximately $2M over the luxury tax threshold. Now, they probably don’t mind paying the NBA an extra $2M, but I would think that they want to sign a full compliment of players which would mean that they will probably be $4 – $5M over the threshold.
If for some reason they don’t make it to the playoffs (which is probably unlikely) or they don’t make it deep into the playoffs, will that finally be enough to get Danny Ainge fired?