By Mary Cunningham

The 11 Sixers currently on the roster are owed $24.25 million combined next season, or in clearer terms, about $750,000 less than the overpaid and underachieving Ryan Howard is paid by the Phils.

The team, which traded its most established player (Thaddeus Young) last weekend, is terrible, and may challenge the 1972-73 Sixers for the worst record in NBA history — 9-73.

But the players have one consolation: the NBA’s salary floor. Teams must spend $56.759 million on players for the 2014-15 season, even if they don’t want to.

Salary cap expert Larry Coon, whose Q&A website offers a thorough explanation for the complicated collective bargaining agreement, says that if the Sixers can’t (and they probably won’t) spend another $32.6 million on players by the time the season ends, that money will be handed over to the the National Basketball Players Association for distribution.

Who gets it? Anyone who played for the 76ers.

Coon explains:

The shortfall is based on the team salary as of the team’s last regular season game, but the distribution comes after the league’s audit in July The union informs the league of its proposed distribution within 30 days after the audit, and the team has 10 days after receiving the proposal to distribute the money. There is no set rule for how the money is distributed – the CBA just says “…pro rata or in accordance with such other formula as may be reasonably determined by the Players Association.”

There’s a chance the team adds a few players to pull closer to that limit. But Sixers president Sam Hinkie has made clear that his goal is to lose now in order to stockpile assets for the future. So don’t expect them to go chasing Phoenix Suns restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe with a maximum-level contract or anything.

So the $2.3 million owed to last year’s rookie of the year, Michael Carter-Williams (photo above), could end up being significantly more than that. And this could be very good for Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved, whom the 76ers received along with a first-round pick in exchange for Young.

Being bad might end up paying off.

1 Michael Carter-Williams PG 22 6-6 185 Syracuse $2,300,040
20 Brandon Davies PF 23 6-10 240 BYU $816,482
21 Joel Embiid C 20 7-0 250 Kansas
3 Jerami Grant SF 20 6-8 210 Syracuse
55 Pierre Jackson PG 22 5-10 176 Baylor $507,336
12 Luc Richard Mbah a Moute PF 27 6-8 230 UCLA $4,382,576
32 K.J. McDaniels SF 21 6-6 200 Clemson
52 Jordan McRae SG 23 6-6 185 Tennessee
5 Arnett Moultrie PF 23 6-10 240 Mississippi State $1,136,160
4 Nerlens Noel C 20 6-11 228 Kentucky $3,315,120
23 Jason Richardson SG 33 6-6 225 Michigan State $6,601,125
1 Alexey Shved PG 25 6-6 187 $3,282,056
35 Henry Sims C 24 6-10 248 Georgetown $915,243
Hasheem Thabeet C 27 7-3 263 Connecticut $1,250,000
7 Adonis Thomas SG 21 6-7 240 Memphis
31 Hollis Thompson SG 23 6-8 206 Georgetown $816,482
40 Jarvis Varnado PF 26 6-9 230 Mississippi State $915,243
17 Casper Ware PG 24 5-10 175 Long Beach State $816,482
25 Elliot Williams SG 25 6-5 180 Memphis $981,084
8 Tony Wroten SG 21 6-6 205 Washington


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