I was reading the details of Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryans 5 years $103.75 million extension and a very clever tactic that works around the NFL salary cap caught my attention. I was wondering if the same thing was possible in the NBA?
The Falcons have built some cap flexibility into Ryan’s contract because they can create cap room at any time during the deal with their discretionary right to convert a portion of his base salary into signing bonus.
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I am not very knowledgeable of the old or new contractual rules because it doesn't concern me really. However it doesn't take a salary cap expert to see this move is genius. If the Falcons want to sign a FA but come up $800,000 short on cap space.....they just convert $800k of Matty Ice's base salary into a bonus.
So if possible why wouldn't the Lakers do this to free up cap space. Convert part of KB and/or Pau's base pay into a bonus. In KB's case its guaranteed anyway isn't it? Might as well clear cap room?