League rules dictate that every team in the NBA must spend at least 75 percent of the salary cap in any given season. That computes to $43,533,000 this season, with the salary cap ceiling established at $58,044,000.
Sacramento, though, has actually slipped beneath that threshold with the trade that sent Carl Landry to New Orleans for Marcus Thornton. The Kings’ payroll for the season has dipped to $42,489,034, which puts them $1,043,966 beneath the minimum.
So if the Kings don't make another trade in the final five hours before the trade deadline, they'll have two options:
1. Spend that $1,043,966 before the end of the season on new players, whether it’s D-League callups or a free-agent signing or two.
2. Distribute that $1,043,966 evenly to the players on their roster when the regular season ends April 13 to meet league spending requirements.