NBA Sets Salary Cap

The NBA released the following information on Wednesday afternoon, highlighted by the news that the Salary Cap for the 2010-11 season is set at $58.044 million.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak called that amount “Higher than we anticipated.”

Here’s the release:

NEW YORK, July 7, 2010 – The National Basketball Association today
announced that the Salary Cap for the 2010-11 season will be $58.044
million. The tax level for the 2010-11 season has been set at $70.307
million. Any team whose team salary exceeds that figure will pay a $1 tax
for each $1 by which it exceeds $70.307 million.

The 2009-10 Salary Cap was $57.70 million and the tax level was $69.92
million.

The new Salary Cap and tax level go into effect at 12:01 a.m. ET on
Thursday, July 8, when the league’s “moratorium period” ends and teams can
begin signing free agents and making trades.

The mid-level exception is $5.765 million for the 2010-11 season and the
minimum team salary, which is set at 75% of the Salary Cap, is $43.533
million.