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So much for Michael Heisley running the team on a budget! According to the most recent payroll numbers, the Memphis Grizzlies currently have the 5th highest payroll in the NBA. As of today, they are expected to payout about $75.1 million next season.
are next at $78.6 million, followed by the at $75.1 million.
The salary cap for the 2012-13 season is just over $58 million, with the luxury tax threshold at $70 million. So, if my math serves me, it would seem as if the Grizzlies -- meaning, Heisley -- are going to pay about $5 million in tax. That's not necessarily a daunting number, but the key to remember here is that next year the tax scale nearly doubles, based on the new CBA. So, that may be something to keep an eye on this season.
Then again, Robert Pera has enough coin to cover that bill. Right? Maybe.