The No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft could change a franchise, but the question lies in — at what cost? The CBA calls for set amounts for 1st Round Picks as Rookie Scale Contracts. While years 1, 2, and 3 have predetermined values, teams can negotiate to pay their 1st Round Picks up to 120% of the predetermined values. For the 1st overall pick, this is almost a guarantee. Year 4 comes at a percentage increase over year 3, and Year 5 is a percentage increase over Year 4 that serves as a Qualifying Offer to make the Draft Pick a Restricted Free Agent that offseason.
So, if Luka Doncic, DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III or others get selected by the Phoenix Suns with the No. 1 overall pick, his salary will be as follows (assuming a 120% increase over the predetermined values):
Thus, Doncic, Ayton, Bagley, or others would sign a 4 year/$40 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, with the Suns having the right to pick up the Team Option in 2020, 2021, and the option to extend a qualifying offer in 2022.
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Cap #s 2018 - 2019
Salary Cap: $101.869M
Lux. Tax: $123.733M
Tax Apron: $129.827M
Tax Floor: $91.682M
Room MLE: $4.45M