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Heat payroll edging past $130M in salary and tax; hard cap possible

Heat payroll edging past $130M in salary and tax; hard cap possible

It was the goal of Micky Arison during the last round of collective-bargaining negotiations and is the bane of many front offices around the NBA. Now the question is whether the Miami Heat are willing to play under a hard cap for the 2015-16 season. As it, just counting the players projected to be under guaranteed contract by week's end, the Heat are facing a total payroll cost in excess of $130 million for '15-16, when factoring in salaries and luxury-tax payments. It is among the reasons the Heat have been linked to sell-offs of some of their secondary assets, with final payroll and tax not computed until season's end. While the NBA is known for a soft salary cap that...

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