What to expect as trade deadline nears

Originally Published: February 17, 2009
By Chad Ford | ESPN.com

As commissioner David Stern warned at All-Star Weekend, the NBA is bracing to have the salary cap (and luxury-tax threshold) go down this summer for the first time ever. The picture might be even gloomier in 2010.

With season-ticket renewals expected to plunge because of the weakness of the economy, some league executives expect the cap to fall significantly, which could have serious ramifications for a number of teams. Some teams might find themselves paying the luxury tax, and some might ...

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