A team cannot go over the Hard Cap, set at 125 % of the salary cap, except in the following situations:
1. The team is under the Hard Cap before the draft ends, but signing rookies put it over the Hard Cap. 2. The team needs to fill its roster. In that case, it can sign players for one-year minimum deals until a complete 12-player roster is filled.
The only trades a team over the Hard cap can make are those in which the total outgoing salaries are larger than the total incoming salaries. In case both incoming and outgoing salaries are exactly the same, trade will be denied.
When re-signing its own free agents, assuming the team holds Bird rights on them, the signing will have to put the team under the Hard Cap. If the new contract still has the team over the Hard Cap, the player will not be signed.
ATLANTA HAWKS 1997/98
PG: Muggsy Bogues SG: Brent Barry SF: Detlef Schrempf PF: Charles Barkley C : David Robinson