Originally Posted by 76ers4life
What is a mle and a trade exception i'm a football man trying to learn the ropes of the nba. The nba is very difficult with their low salary cap and rules. I just don't see how you can build a team with this low of a salary cap. I wouldn't make it as a G.M for one day in the nba.
The trade exception is something you rarely hear about, and I don't understand it fully really because it's rare that it's used.
But here's what I know. When you trade with another team, the players' salaries have to match within 15% of eachother. You can't trade a player that's making 15 mil a year for a player making 3 mil a year, even if they're of equal talent.
Here's an example from a recent trade with the sixers
Sixers traded Rodney Carney/Calvin Booth/1st rounder to the T'Wolves for a 2nd rounder and 2.8 mil trade exception. Because Carney/Booth's contracts would equal somewhere around 4 mil, the trade can't happen because the Sixers would end up trading 4 mil for the T'Wolves nothing. When the T'Wolves added their trade exception, now it's about 4 mil being traded for the 2.8 mil, so it's legal.
I can't tell you how where the trade exceptions come from or how you get them because I really don't know.