5 changes to the NBA’s CBA the Orlando Magic need to watch
Speaking of extensions — of course, the new CBA has some changes to max and supermax deals.
The old CBA typically only allowed for a max increase to a veteran player’s salary by 20 percent in the initial season of a new deal. In practice, this effectively punished teams and players for offering/taking discounted deals. Jaylen Brown was a prime example of this issue before the new CBA went live and his subsequent signing of the current largest contract in NBA history.
With the new CBA, the threshold doubles from 20 percent to 40 percent — allowing players to maximize their financial income by staying with a team rather than entering free agency to obtain more than a 20 percnet jump. In order to do this in a previous year, the player would have had to have been eligible for a supermax deal.
There are going to be major changes to how contracts are going to get doled out. Including the future contracts for Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Both could easily get the max of 25 percent of the salary cap. And a supermax cannot be completely ruled out.
With the prerequisites necessary to obtain a supermax, no one on the Magic’s roster is currently on watch to receive one. But as the roster currently stands, Wagner and Banchero look to be the top contenders for max extensions in 2025 and 2026 respectively.
If they continue to progress and perform as expected, receiving max deals or close to it would account for a good portion of Orlando’s salary cap. Knowing this is important for the Magic as they try to round out the roster each year to have the best possible team, while also trying to maintain the cap flexibility needed to pay and retain their young stars.
To be sure once Wagner hits free agency in the summer of 2025, a lot of things will change with how the Magic will act.