How Do Cap Holds Impact my spending money?:
Your money available without exceptions to sign free agents is equal to the amount of money you have under the salary cap. The salary cap is separate from the Hard-Cap, and the Luxury Tax Line. In order to find out how much money you have below the cap, you add up the active salary (players actually under contract), then you add in your active cap holds. Some cap holds are able to be renounced (more on that below), some aren’t.
1st round pick hold: Since first round draft picks have a predetermined guaranteed salary, the team who holds the rights to that pick are assessed a hold. This also applies to players who were picked in the first round of previous drafts whose rights are held by DKC teams. Some examples: Nikola Mirotic, Lucas Nogueira, both playing overseas. These cap holds that apply to players who will not be signed during the current off-season or season (like a player being stashed in Europe) will only apply during the off-season.
Players who have Bird Rights, Early Bird Rights, etc: Some players, because of the duration of their previous service, are afforded a special status that allows teams to resign them to contracts that put them over the salary cap. Example: Kirk Hinrich, expiring summer 2014, will have a cap hold of $5,276.700, due to the Early-Bird rights afforded by his previous 2-yr contract.
How Cap Hold Amounts Are Determined: Cap hold amounts will be predetermined for you before the season. They will be assembled using (in order of priority):
1) The data provided from ShamSports.com
-This would be the only source if we could have our way, but unfortunately for any contract that occurred only in the DKC timeline, this is useless. We can only use it for players whose contracts in the DKC mirror those in real life.
-There are some streamlining addendums made. They will be noted as made.