Once a year, teams can use a mid-level exception (MLE) to sign a player to a contract for a specified maximum amount. The amount of the MLE and its duration depend on the team's cap status. In the 2017 CBA, the MLE was initially set at $ million in the 2017–18 season for teams that are over the cap either before or after the signing, but under the luxury tax apron, set at $6 million above the tax line. Teams can use this exception to offer contracts of up to four years. Teams above the apron have an MLE initially set at $ million, allowing contracts of up to three years. Teams with cap room, which were ineligible for the MLE before the 2011 CBA, have an MLE initially set at $ million that allows two-year contracts. In subsequent seasons, all MLE amounts will be determined by applying the percentage change of the salary cap to the previous exception amount. 
Long before guys like Kobe and Lebron were pulling off high-flying dunks , the game of basketball was invented by Dr. James Naismith , a physical education teacher at Springfield College in Massachusetts . Naismith invented the indoor game in 1891 as a way to help students at the school stay in shape during the cold winters . The first game was quite different from the modern game of basketball. Players played with a soccer ball and scored points by shooting the ball into peach baskets , which were used instead of nets. Over the years, the game has changed in many different ways. Players can now dribble the ball , there is a free throw line for foul shots and there are five players on each team, instead of nine.
The lottery was held on May 17, 2011, in Secaucus, New Jersey . The Cleveland Cavaliers , who obtained the Los Angeles Clippers ' first-round draft pick, won the lottery. The Cavaliers won the lottery with a % chance to win, combining a % chance from their own pick and % chance from the Clippers' pick. However, their winning lottery combination came from the Clippers' pick, which had significantly lower chance to win. The Minnesota Timberwolves , who had the worst record and the biggest chance to win the lottery, won the second pick. The Utah Jazz , who obtained the New Jersey Nets ' first-round draft pick, won the third pick.