The Washington Times - July 8, 2009, 09:05AM

The NBA last night released the salary cap for the 2009-10 season will be $57.7 million, and that the luxury tax level will be $69.92 million. As expected, the Wizards are over the limit by just under $6 million ($5.8 million to be exact).

It means, if the Wizards’ roster stands as it is by the 2009-10 trade deadline, at the conclusion of the season, they will owe the NBA $5.88 million (matching dollar for dollar the amount they exceed the tax limit).

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That the luxury tax limit dropped is no surprise, as word first surfaced in February that it would be decreasing from the 2008-09 figure of $71.15 million to the new $69.92.

The Wizards’ tax bill likely will increase given that they remain in the market for a veteran big man to provide depth at center and/or power forward, but have made little progress toward making a signing. As previously reported, the Wizards are in no rush to land a player, hoping instead to hold out and find a player for close to the veteran’s minimum later this summer. The only way their salary figure would not go up would be if they were able to acquire a big man in a trade.

Antonio McDyess, a player the Wizards would like to land, but know they can’t afford, is reportedly being courted urgently by the San Antonio Spurs, who are willing to offer him a three-year contract that would start at the mid-level exception of $5.84 million.

Another prospect on the Wizards’ radar, Channing Frye is according to the Denver Post, now being pursued by Denver, Phoenix and Cleveland.

This activity, according to a source with knowledge of the situation, hasn’t caused a spike in urgency for the Wizards, however, as they remain confident they can find the needed piece (a big-bodied veteran that can play five to 10 minutes a game) at the low cost they can afford.

In other Wizards news, the summer league minicamp will run Saturday through Monday, rather than the Friday start date that was originally expected.

- Mike Jones