2021 NBA Cap Space: Projecting All 30 Teams (Version 2.0)

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2021 NBA Cap Space: Projecting All 30 Teams (Version 2.0) 

Post#1 » by RealGM Articles » Thu Apr 1, 2021 2:29 am

The NBA just completed the most hectic trade deadline day in league history. There were 16 trades made, involving 23 teams and 46 players. Multiple future draft picks also changed hands.


While some teams remade themselves for playoff runs this year, only a small handful changed their salary cap projections for the summer of 2021. Pre-deadline, nine teams projected to have cap space with five teams having space for at least one max contract. Post-deadline, those numbers dropped to seven teams with projected space and five with room for at least one max contract.


The free agent class isn’t expected to be a strong one, but there are a few gems. Some of the best players are restricted free agents, so that could make for an interesting offer sheet market this summer. And with a few teams (Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Houston) holding significant draft capital in future years, it could be a very active trade market as well.


A few notes on the projections in the tables:



  • The current cap projection of just over $112 million is used. This represents the minimum three percent growth as agreed to by the NBA and NBPA.

  • Rookie Scale, Minimum Scale and Exceptions all bump up accordingly by the percentage of the cap increase.

  • Projections are made on which options will be picked up (both player and team), and which partial/non-guaranteed players will be waived or kept.

  • Draft Pick Cap Holds are factored in based on projected 2021 order of finish by 538.

  • Starting Cap Space = the amount of space each team will have without renouncing or waiving any players/picks. Projected 2021 draft picks not included.

  • Maximum Cap Space = the amount of space each team could have if they waived or renounced all players/picks who are not fully guaranteed.

  • Projected Cap Space = the amount of space each team is projected to have after roster decisions are made. 


Starting Cap Space


































































































































Team



Starting
 Cap Space



Oklahoma City



 $           (5,110,649)



New York



 $           (5,518,306)



Cleveland



 $           (6,950,846)



Sacramento



 $           (7,201,938)



Memphis



 $          (10,278,404)



Detroit



 $          (11,775,142)



Charlotte



 $          (21,302,424)



Phoenix



 $          (25,587,632)



Indiana



 $          (29,314,875)



Atlanta



 $          (31,473,069)



Orlando



 $          (37,786,757)



Houston



 $          (40,150,566)



Dallas



 $          (41,364,099)



New Orleans



 $          (42,726,930)



LA Clippers



 $          (46,470,060)



Portland



 $          (50,526,428)



Denver



 $          (52,346,369)



Chicago



 $          (52,454,054)



LA Lakers



 $          (52,998,707)



Philadelphia



 $          (53,108,357)



Boston



 $          (54,508,515)



Toronto



 $          (57,174,236)



Milwaukee



 $          (59,273,887)



Minnesota



 $          (59,370,868)



San Antonio



 $          (59,797,260)



Washington



 $          (66,554,955)



Utah



 $          (67,092,307)



Brooklyn



 $          (71,035,110)



Golden State



 $          (85,276,523)



Miami



 $          (85,810,650)



 Maximum Cap Space


































































































































Team



Maximum
 Cap Space



New York



 $          72,794,572 



Oklahoma City



 $          61,434,251 



San Antonio



 $          51,807,340 



Dallas



 $          35,357,351 



Toronto



 $          34,212,605 



Chicago



 $          33,006,870 



Charlotte



 $          30,009,634 



Miami



 $          28,104,730 



Memphis



 $          27,477,952 



Cleveland



 $          21,823,332 



Detroit



 $          21,458,119 



Atlanta



 $          21,147,489 



New Orleans



 $          19,057,594 



Houston



 $          17,866,765 



Orlando



 $          15,937,793 



Sacramento



 $          10,680,096 



Denver



 $           9,288,969 



Portland



 $           9,060,415 



LA Clippers



 $           8,480,142 



Milwaukee



 $           1,653,188 



LA Lakers



 $          (4,336,563)



Indiana



 $          (6,132,545)



Washington



 $          (9,220,691)



Philadelphia



 $         (10,157,116)



Phoenix



 $         (15,190,095)



Minnesota



 $         (17,137,029)



Utah



 $         (20,081,227)



Boston



 $         (20,770,977)



Golden State



 $         (45,357,606)



Brooklyn



 $         (46,385,434)



Projected Cap Space


































































































































Team



Projected
 Cap Space



New York



 $        53,161,418 



Oklahoma City



 $        51,360,447 



San Antonio



 $        47,661,358 



Dallas



 $        34,480,552 



Toronto



 $        28,403,333 



Charlotte



 $        24,154,475 



Detroit



 $        13,948,289 



Cleveland



 $             (12,977)



Memphis



 $        (3,823,688)



Sacramento



 $       (11,320,956)



Phoenix



 $       (27,596,672)



Indiana



 $       (28,599,842)



Atlanta



 $       (33,972,699)



New Orleans



 $       (46,881,330)



LA Clippers



 $       (47,117,640)



Chicago



 $       (47,300,684)



Portland



 $       (50,526,428)



Orlando



 $       (50,869,757)



LA Lakers



 $       (52,052,467)



Houston



 $       (53,853,126)



Denver



 $       (54,515,129)



Philadelphia



 $       (55,132,157)



Boston



 $       (57,168,075)



Milwaukee



 $       (59,273,887)



Utah



 $       (69,086,827)



Minnesota



 $       (69,420,988)



Miami



 $       (70,750,650)



Washington



 $       (72,542,955)



Brooklyn



 $       (73,131,990)



Golden State



 $       (85,241,180)



 

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