A few things to keep in mind for Atlanta basketball fans as the end of the lockout nears:
The Hawks will play their first game on December 27 in New Jersey against the Nets. Which side of the court will Jamal Crawford be on? Right now, it’s anyone’s guess. The team’s first home game will be on the 28th against the Milwaukee Bucks.
On the economic side of things, Atlanta will be working with a tight budget come December 9 when the free trade market opens– the team currently has about $65 million in guaranteed salary, and the salary cap in the new agreement is expected to remain at $58 million, with a $70 million luxury tax cap.
Additionally, a proposed amnesty provision in the new agreement would allow teams to remove one player’s salary from cap and tax considerations over the life of the CBA (10 years total, or six if one side opts out). According to Hawks beat reporter, Michael Cunningham,
“Judging by the comments of my blog people, Tweeps and the radio interview I did yesterday, Marvin is the people’s choice to be waived under the amnesty clause. The move would reduce Atlanta’s salary commitments for 2011-12 from $65 million to about $57 million. Assuming the accounting down to the final cent comes to about that figure, Atlanta’s team salary would be just below the expected salary-cap level.”
Oh yes. And the eventual return of something other than former Hawks players and cheerleaders on the team’s homepage.