http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3479183The NBA salary cap for the 2008-09 season will be $58.68 million, ESPN.com has learned.
The figure was arrived at after daylong consultations between lawyers for the NBA and the players' union.
The luxury tax threshold will be $71.15 million, and the value of the mid-level exception will be $5.585 million. Over-the-cap teams can only offer the mid-level exception to free agents.
The league's moratorium on trades and free-agent signings expires at midnight on Tuesday, and three teams -- the Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Clippers -- had been waiting on the exact cap figure to determine the size of the offers they can make to Elton Brand, who had become the No. 1 free-agent target of all three teams. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported Tuesday evening that Brand has given a verbal commitment to the 76ers.