The Salary Cap Guru

The Salary Cap Guru

David Kelly Has Turned into Cap Guru for Loaded Golden State Warriors

When you have an NBA roster which includes the likes of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and DeMarcus Cousins, finding cap space is of utmost importance.

Working with the salary cap is essentially the key to creating an NBA championship roster. Over the past number of years the Golden State Warriors have been able to do just that – play around with the salary cap and the CBA rules. To help them become so successful, they relied on David Kelly, the organization’s lead lawyer who helps the team on both the basketball and the business side.

“A lot of the job is coming up with a hundred scenarios that Bob Myers turns down,” Kelly said recently at team headquarters. “Or it might be Bob (Myers) saying, ‘Show me how we can do this.’ Like with Kevin Durant. Is there a way to clear enough space to sign him? How do we sign Kevin Durant and keep Andre Iguodala? Can we also keep Harrison Barnes and Andrew Bogut? If not, then with what teams can we work out a trade?”

Deemed a CBA expert, Kelly has turned into somewhat of the Warriors’ salary cap guru.

“He uses an Excel spreadsheet he’s been building for the last six years,” writes Marcus Thompson III of The Athletic. “It has all of the salary breakdowns for each team. He pulls the information from a database managed by the NBA league office and from RealGM. Not the public website, but the secret section only teams can purchase.”

Power in numbers is quite simply where the Warriors have the entire league beat.


“David is just a great guy,” Kirk Lacob said. “He loves doing what he does and being part of something great. He has no ego, just a will to his creative side with his left brain in order to be successful.”


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