SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry said he is disappointed to see sporting events pulled from his home state of North Carolina over a law that limits the legal protection of LGBT people. And the two-time NBA MVP for the Golden State Warriors hopes lawmakers make changes to the so-called “bathroom bill” before more major events follow the NBA’s All-Star Game and the NCAA men’s basketball tournament out the door.
Curry, who grew up in Charlotte and played college basketball at nearby Davidson, said Thursday he has mixed feelings about sporting events leaving the state. The NBA has pulled next year’s All-Star Game out of Charlotte, and the NCAA this week began the process of relocating seven championships from North Carolina, including the opening weekend of the men’s basketball tournament.
The big cap hold for the Knicks next summer belongs, obviously, to Rose. Rose’s cap hold is projected to be nearly $29 million (which is his projected max salary for 2017-18).
So if you take Rose’s cap hold and add it to the total guaranteed money the Knicks have already committed to 2017, you get to around $104 million.
In other words, with Rose’s hold on the books, the Knicks have zero available cap space in the summer of 2017.
So to create significant space, the Knicks would have to renounce Rose. Doing so would provide about $19 million in cap space, a number that includes their remaining free-agent holds of Jennings ($6 million), Sasha Vujacic ($1 million), Justin Holiday ($1 million) and one cap hold of approximately $500,000.
The ACC followed suit and said its conference championship football game will not be played in Charlotte.
“I think it’s unfortunate for our city and our state to be under the microscope with [House Bill 2] and how it’s unfolded,” Curry said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m all for equal and fair rights and treatment for everybody. Until it gets addressed, until some changes are made, this could be a recurring theme in North Carolina. I don’t want that happen.”
The Knicks currently have about $75 million in guaranteed salary for the 2017-18 season. That would put them in great position to land a max player, but the $75 million doesn’t account for free-agent cap holds, which total $43 million.
New York is banking on one of the new faces (Justin Holiday, Willy Hernangomez, Mindaugas Kuzminskas, Maurice Ndour, Marshall Plumlee, Ron Baker, Chasson Randle, J.P. Tokoto) shouldering a significant role.