Looking deeper into the Acker trade

Word from all directions has said the Pistons trade of Alex Acker to the Clippers clears cap room for the summer.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

The move also clears more cap space this summer when the combined contracts of Allen Iverson and Rasheed Wallace, a value of $35 million, clears the books.

A. Sherrod Blakely of Booth Newspapers:

Not only does the deal clear enough money for this season that should help Detroit avoid paying a luxury tax, but it also clears about $1 million of cap space for next season.

Chris McCosky of the Detroit News:

More importantly, the deal puts the Pistons some $500,000 under the luxury tax threshold for this year and clears another $1 million of salary cap space for this summer.

But every indication prior to the last few days says Acker signed a one-year deal in September, which means the trade doesn’t change the amount of cap room in the summer.

Pistons Nation linking a McCosky article that can no longer be accessed:

Alex Acker, who the Pistons drafted with the 60th pick in the 2005 NBA draft, has signed a one-year partially guaranteed contract.


Alex Acker won’t have to earn a roster spot after all. The 6-foot-5 combo guard signed a one-year, fully guaranteed contract with the Pistons.

Hoopshype also lists Acker’s contract as expiring.

There was a little dispute about whether Acker’s deal was guaranteed, but nobody indicated it was for longer than one year. And there’s nothing about an extension listed in the Pistons’ transactions.

So what gives? My best guess is the Pistons told writers the deal cleared cap room, so they wrote that. It sure makes the trade seem better than saying it was purely to avoid the luxury tax. If anyone has other ideas why everyone is saying this deal clears cap room, I’m interested in hearing them.

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