Larry Coon — about the author

Larry Coon

Larry Coon is a computer scientist by both education and trade. He works as an IT Director at University of California, Irvine, and has also taught university Computer Science courses, specializing in database theory. A lifelong NBA fan, he assimilated a working knowledge of the league’s salary cap and trade rules, eventually organizing this knowledge into the Salary Cap FAQ to provide “the kind of reference I was looking for when I was trying to figure it all out.”

Larry has been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Sports Illustrated. He makes regular media appearances including television (such as ESPN’s “Outside the Lines”) radio and podcasts. He is a regular contributor to, the New York Times Off the Dribble blog, and to He is often quoted and cited, both online and in print, by local and national media venues. His work also appears on

Larry lives in Orange County, California with his wife and 14 year old daughter, about whom he brags at every possible opportunity.

4 thoughts on “Larry Coon — about the author

  1. Doug B

    Larry, saw your blog posting a few months ago about whether it might be possible for Dwight Howard to move to the Nets. Here’s the trade I developed that I think would do the trick though I’m not sure the Jazz get enough here to participate:

    BKN outgoing Lopez, Humphries, Teletovic, Brooks, future first rounder
    BKN incoming Howard

    LAL outgoing Howard (S&T – near max)
    LAL incoming Lopez, Teletovic

    UTA outgoing second rounder
    UTA incoming Humphries, Brooks, future first rounder

    Nets pay Utah to take on Humphries to facilitate the deal. Howard would likely have to give some on the max deal to ensure Brooklyn remains under the apron. Not clear Lakers would want to commit long-term money to either Lopez or Teletovic.

    1. lcoon Post author

      If everyone involved wants to get Dwight to the Nets, is it possible? Of course — they just have to find a means to do a sign-and-trade where the Nets add Dwight’s massive salary and still finish the trade with a team salary below about $75.6 million. Let’s not cheat and assume Dwight takes a pay cut — that assumption has shades of deus ex machina. The Nets are committed to $86.3 million already, and adding Dwight would take them to $106.8 million — so they’d need to trade away at least $31.2 million for the trade to be legal. Your four guys add up to $31.1 million so we’re close — in fact, close enough that I think we’re within the error bars of the future cap/tax/apron amounts.

      But the hard part here is convincing everyone to do this. As we saw a year ago when Orlando & Brooklyn were looking at a midseason trade to send Dwight to Houston, it all fell apart when a third party (recruited to do the job you have Utah doing in your scenario) said “Naaah.”

  2. MIke L

    Love your work, its literally an order of magnitude better than any of the other CBA analysts out there. I have a quick question. If the Rockets really are willing to dump Thomas Robinson for cap space, is there any chance the Pacers could get involved (and still be able to re-sign David West)? Perhaps by trading a future #1? He seems like the perfect young back-up to groom behind West, but I can’t see them doing it with the current cap situation. Thanks.

    1. lcoon Post author

      David West could be a problem for Indiana. He’s coming off a $10 million salary and the team has his Early Bird rights. These rights let them sign him for up to $17.5 million — which should be enough — but it doesn’t leave the team with any additional spending room. They’re committed to $49.9 million without West, and either his free agent cap hold or his new contract will consume their remaining space (the cap is projected to be $58.5 million).

      So that pretty much leads them to seeking trades — and since the Pacers don’t have sufficient non-guaranteed salary to send to Houston, it means the Pacers would need to send back guaranteed salary. Which means the Pacers aren’t a natural trade partner in the Robinson scenario.


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