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Not surprisingly, Pistons have not paid much luxury tax

Mark Deeks of the great Sham Sports (the best site out there for accurate and detailed salary info) recently put together a spreadsheet looking at the luxury tax by team. Here’s his explanation:

I have compiled a spreadsheet containing to-the-dollar information on all luxury tax paid to date. In the 11 seasons since the luxury tax was created, it has been applicable in nine seasons; in those nine seasons, 23 NBA franchises have paid over $850 million in payroll excess.

Although the Pistons are not one of the seven franchises who have never paid any luxury tax, their total — $756,627 — is the lowest of the 23 teams that have paid tax during that period, just edging out the Houston Rockets ($757,145). That’s not altogether surprising — many of Joe Dumars’ moves over the years have been made to keep costs low and avoid paying the tax. What is impressive, though, is comparing what the Pistons paid during that stretch to what other title contending teams have paid. To see all the numbers, follow this link and then click the ‘click to view spreadsheet’ link to open it.


  • Jul 26, 201210:44 am
    by Jakob Eich


    We used to be avery effective team when it comes to getting a lot out of players for reasonable contracts. In the early 2000s we got Rip, Chauncey, Ben, Rasheed (more mid 2000s), Hunter, etc. (I left some players out I know) for decent money and they out-produced their contracts. Now, the Spurs and Pistons were similar in their salary situation, but the Spurs had a longer-lasting foundation in Tim, Manu, and Tony, the Pistons had to rebuild in 2008 for obvious reasons. Unfortunately, Joe Dumars went on to sign mediocre players to horrible contracts, and it went downhill from there. The Spurs are so brilliant at getting cheap talent, and getting them to produce. I know that is what Joe wants to achieve but he appears so incapable of doing it again. You see teams like Indiana and Memphis (how great does the Pau/Marc trade look now) nad you wonder why he is missing out on so many talents that were available and would look great in a Pistons uniform (e.g. George Hill, Darren Collison (picked Daye instead)). Just look at the players drafted after D.J. White in the 2008 draft: Ömer Asik, DeAndre Jordan, Mario Chalmers, Luc Mbah a Moute, and Goran Dragic. I’m not saying anyone should have know that those players would develop like that, but there is talent deep in the draft and the Pistons have either been dismal at picking them, or failed to develop them (Delfino, Amir). Joe has lost his touch for some reason, he used to be able to lure Free Agents to the D and not overpaying them and now he seems to overpay pretty much anyone who walks into his office (note: I should walk into his office). I think what he is doing now is great and that he is actually fixing this mess, it will take some time though and we need players we can trust again, and we need to replace expensive players with cheap players who earn less money and produce as much (swapping Kawhi leonard for Hill is such an example).

  • Jul 26, 201212:04 pm
    by RyanK


    If I remember correctly the year they paid the tax was 2004…when Sheed came over with a big final year of his deal.  Then Joe resigned him and the team was under the cap.  That’s the only time we were over…during our championship year.

    • Jul 27, 20126:09 am
      by tarsier


      And nobody’s gonna complain about paying under a million in tax that year.

      I was surprised that Chicago was one of the teams that has never ventured into the tax regime.

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