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Could Philadelphia 76ers help Lakers ditch luxury tax?
Could Philadelphia 76ers help Lakers ditch luxury tax?

If the Philadelphia 76ers are willing, the Lakers might have a way under the luxury tax and, more important, the repeater tax. The league currently levies a progressive tax that penalizes teams for every $5 million they spend on salary over the threshold of $71.7 million. The repeater tax, which won't start until the 2014-15 season, adds a dollar-for-dollar tax in addition to the progressive tax.  A $90-million roster at the current threshold would cost a team $39.3 million (progressive) plus $18.2 million (repeater). The only way to avoid repeater taxes is to stay under the line for two out of five seasons. The Lakers will be under the tax for the 2014-15 season -- even if they land...

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