Since the 2011 CBA, 14 teams have fallen victim to the NBA's new-and-improved tax system, featuring 1 four-time offender, 5 three-time offenders, and 3 two-time offenders. This group of 14 taxpayers were penalized a combined $450 million over this timespan. Recent examples include the 2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Clippers. Others include the 2015-16 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers who paid over $50 million in penalties - losing an estimated $40 million for the season as a result. The Brooklyn Nets famously paid an NBA-record $90 million in penalties, following their 2013-14 acquisitions of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Not surprisingly, the team lost an estimated $100 million that season - yet another NBA record.

How and why these teams faced tax penalties varies per situation, but what is clear is this: No team has immunity. Not from poor management. Not from bad contracts, and definitely not from this tax system. With billions in new TV money flowing into this league, fiscal responsibility is as important as it's ever been. I hope this project begins to shed some light on what is understandably a very complex system. My goal is to provide an unbiased analysis of each team's financial standing today, and into the future. I hope to expand this site with projected market valuations for players, a modern trade machine, deeper economic analysis, and additional insights and tools for NBA roster management.

Eric Luna

Salary Cap Consultant & Founder of What's The Cap. Jr. Data Scientist and Analyst. Self-taught programmer and huge NBA fan. Currently based in Oakland, CA. Go Dubs!

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