Spending more than logic indicates and the numbers dictate is not without risks, but some franchises have a special predilection for paying a lot of luxury taxes in search of glory.
The salary cap is not the Holy Grail and can be exceeded in some circumstances, but what is non-negotiable is the luxury tax. This figure, created by the NBA to avoid large economic differences within the league, means that every time the stipulated amounts are exceeded, the franchise must pay extra money to the competition. For example, if a team exceeds the luxury tax by 4 million, it will have a fine whose amount depends on a series of parameters.
It must be taken into account that all the money raised with this figure is distributed among the rest of the NBA franchises, so surpassing it implies helping competitors. This season there will be a total of 10 franchises that will have to pay luxury tax for exceeding the established limits, although they have until February 9 to modify things on an economic level. They are the following:
- Golden State Warriors: $176,532,601
- Los Angeles Clippers: $144,693,241
- Brooklyn Nets: $71,725,903
- Milwaukee Bucks: $69,838,665
- Dallas Mavericks: $60,308,501
- Boston Celtics: $58,902,709
- Los Angeles Lakers: $44,198,069
- Phoenix Suns: $33,253,697
- Denver Nuggets: $17,598,068
- Philadelphia 76ers: $1,759,497