Ah, the Spurs in all likelihood are looking to the future and that is governing significantly what they are doing today - as in why they are quiet in Free Agent signings. There is an excellent article on ESPN and you can read it in it's entirety as an ESPN Insider at insider.ESPN.go.com/nba/story/_id/8154239/nba-how-new-cba-affects-big-3-star-system . Essentially those teams that are TAX PAYERS after the 2012/2013 season are in for a rude awakening. The article is by the hated Mark Cuban, but he explains that paying the Tax by $20 million in 2012/2013 quickly becomes over $65 million and then over $120 million in just a few years past 2013. There are numerous teams such as the Lakers, Knicks, Heat, (maybe the Nets if they get Howard), Clippers and the Thunder who are setting themselves up for a financial armageddon if they continue to keep the same number of high priced stars around. Cuban predicts that the norm for teams in a couple of years will be One Star and 2-3 good players and the roster filled out with role players. HMMMM - sounds sort of like the Spurs of today doesn't it?? My guess is that MAX salary signings of players regardless of how good they are will soon be a thing of the past. Gonna be interesting with parity around the league.