The NBA announced the salary cap figure for the upcoming season late last night according to this ESPN article. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2516704 So how does that affect the Pistons? More than you might think. Now, I may not be the best person in regard to analyzing the cap, and I definitely defer to the PistonsForum resident expert The Microwave here, but a cursory look at the numbers shows something interesting. Using Microwave's own salary cap examination I added up the Pistons team salary, excluding the salaries of Maurice Evans, who was traded, and Tony Delk, who opted out of his contract. Then I assumed Microwave's qualifying offer of $839,209 to Alex Acker. That gives me a total of $48,050,878 in total salaries. Now, the Pistons also reached a verbal agreement with Lindsay Hunter and Nazr Mohammad. It was assumed that Nazr was going to get the entire MLE from the Pistons at 5 years and $30 dollars with a starting salary of $5 million. However, if we add that $5 million to our actual salary cap number we get $53,050,878 or approximately $84,122 under the salary cap. That means we are able to sign Nazr without touching the MLE and the two year $4.5 million deal verbally agreed to with Lindsay Hunter can be reached using less than half of the Pistons MLE. Assuming that the deal is a $2 million and $2.5 million deal then that would mean the Pistons have $3 of their MLE to spend on another free agent plus their bi-annual exemption of $1.75 million. I would like someone more versed in the salary cap to tell me if I am off base or if this is something that could be legitimate.