Even though the NBA's best players decide who wins championships, the flow of cash decides which uniforms those studs put on during any given season. There are a few players who put loyalty above all else, but the Association is still a business.
And that's why it's absolutely vital that you remain aware of your team's financial situation heading into the offseason. I'm not just talking about having a general feel for how much money the franchise has committed, but also getting into the nitty-gritty details.
In order to break down each team's financial health, I'll be looking at the remaining contracts that are on the books for the 2014-15 season, the expiring deals, any and all player and team options, the non-guaranteed deals and everything else that could possibly come up.
No two teams are in identical situations, after all. That's true even if both squads have exactly the same amount of cap space.
Take two teams (Team A and Team B) with $20 million of cap space at their disposal heading into the 2014 offseason. Both are well off, right?
Well, what if Team A has three All-Stars on the roster and Team B doesn't have one within sniffing distance of the midseason classic? All of a sudden, Team A has much better financial health, even if the numbers are identical.
So money matters, but context matters too.
It's also worth noting that the salary-cap and luxury-tax thresholds are being projected at $63.2 and $77 million, respectively. Those figures come from Larry Coon, the master all things dealing with the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, via BasketballInsiders.com's Eric Pincus.
Note: All salary information comes from ShamSports.com.