OKC Avoiding Luxury Tax This Year Only?
Within the NBA’s rookie pay scale, teams are given enough leeway to sign their first-rounders to between 80 percent and 120 percent of their pick’s suggested value.
So that’s why it was a bit surprising when, late last week, word also surfaced that the Thunder brass had lowballed its other first-round pick, signing Andre Roberson to only 80 percent of his first-year value.
That can all be traced back to the new collective bargaining agreement and, particularly, the luxury tax’s ‘repeat offender’ clause, which includes a substantial extra penalty to teams who have hit the tax three straight seasons.
So despite recent maneuvers that would suggest otherwise, Thunder management isn’t opposed to dipping into the tax. They’re just concerned about avoiding it this year.