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Post#1 » by RealGM Articles » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:25 pm

The NBA is headed for a summer of change unlike any we’ve seen in several years. First of all, somewhere between 200 and 225 players will be free agents this summer. This represents about 45% of the league. That alone would open the league up for a massive reset.


But things go beyond the number of available free agents. The salary cap is continuing climb, as it is projected at a record $109 million for the 19-20 season. The NBA has stayed consistent with this projection, so it’s likely to settle right around that figure. That means as maximum contracts raise in value, so do exceptions. That’s more money available for those 200 plus free agents.


It’s that last part that is most important: just less than half the league projects to have cap space this summer. As you can see in the tables below, there is expected to be somewhere between $600 and $650 million in available cap space and exceptions this summer. That’s in part because a lot of the questionable contracts signed in the summer of 2016 (when the cap spiked) are coming off the books. In addition, several players have signed shorter deals over the last couple of seasons. This has multiple teams hitting the summer with incredible flexibility.


Finally, it matters who the free agents are and which teams have cap space. If teams that have historically not been free agent destinations have cap space, and there aren’t prime free agents available, it usually results in teams retaining their own guys. There just isn’t the benefit of going big for a player who you will end up overpaying.


This summer, that isn’t the case. To start with, there are several prime teams who project to have enough cap space, or the path to enough cap space, to sign one or two max free agents. This includes the four teams in the two biggest markets in the NBA: he Brooklyn Nets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. Along with those teams you have promising you teams like the Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks and Sacramento Kings. And then there are playoff mainstays who have key players locked up like the Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz.


There is a mix of good teams to big markets to teams that are ready to win that have cap space. Now they just need someone to spend that money on. And this free agent class is a good one at the top. Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Tobias Harris and Klay Thompson are all free agents this summer. That’s not only All-Star level talent, but a really good start to All-NBA honors. Add to it that list promising restricted free agents like Kristaps Porzingis and D’Angelo Russell. There are also a lot of good to very good role players available. That’s a lot of talent on the market. And that’s without mentioning one of the best player ever to be available via trade in Anthony Davis!


This summer features the perfect combination of superstar talent and available cap space to reset the NBA in a major way. And there is no LeBron James to hold things up this time around, while everyone else plans around him. It’s going to be a fast and furious summer, starting probably as soon as the NBA Draft in late-June.


A few notes on the projections in the tables:



  • The NBA’s most recent cap projection of $109 million is used.

  • 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.

  • No extension projections are made.

  • Draft Pick Cap Holds are as current slots pre-Lottery.

  • Starting Cap Space = the amount of space each team will have without renouncing or waiving any players/picks. Projected 2019 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. 
































































































































































































Team



Starting
 Cap Space



Maximum
 Cap Space



Projected
 Cap Space



Atlanta



 $      17,933,087



 $      50,799,256



 $      41,192,758



Boston



 $     (70,073,478)



 $      38,850,344



 $     (70,174,859)



Brooklyn



 $     (33,839,515)



 $      71,256,604



 $      30,339,382



Charlotte



 $     (57,934,666)



 $      37,379,273



 $     (40,059,666)



Chicago



 $     (13,010,813)



 $      25,253,523



 $      19,075,001



Cleveland



 $     (48,134,765)



 $     (15,248,598)



 $     (36,324,765)



Dallas



 $       (9,788,472)



 $      56,845,539



 $      29,333,959



Denver



 $     (36,768,052)



 $      17,449,071



 $      17,449,071



Detroit



 $     (34,631,716)



 $       (5,700,332)



 $     (34,631,716)



Golden State



 $     (70,201,746)



 $      20,532,884



 $     (70,201,746)



Houston



 $     (52,061,775)



 $     (13,071,076)



 $     (48,949,323)



Indiana



 $     (37,607,600)



 $      45,694,748



 $      44,014,108



LA Clippers



 $       (4,051,804)



 $      57,485,733



 $      52,915,071



LA Lakers



 $     (14,553,267)



 $      38,703,415



 $      35,563,053



Memphis



 $     (41,305,412)



 $      15,178,904



 $     (23,154,399)



Miami



 $     (55,180,203)



 $      20,935,274



 $     (36,006,473)



Milwaukee



 $     (32,546,854)



 $      32,916,974



 $     (15,546,854)



Minnesota



 $     (60,749,709)



 $       (3,988,552)



 $     (60,749,709)



New Orleans



 $     (14,045,334)



 $      26,568,755



 $      19,636,250



New York



 $       (7,136,118)



 $      80,131,797



 $      71,261,675



Oklahoma City



 $     (51,200,594)



 $     (32,422,152)



 $     (49,967,357)



Orlando



 $     (44,316,500)



 $      21,428,307



 $     (44,116,534)



Philadelphia



 $     (37,164,383)



 $      60,446,926



 $     (32,464,383)



Phoenix



 $     (17,431,519)



 $      42,837,226



 $       (9,426,889)



Portland



 $     (41,364,631)



 $     (19,544,468)



 $     (41,364,631)



Sacramento



 $     (20,370,827)



 $      62,604,235



 $      38,398,881



San Antonio



 $     (23,752,739)



 $        8,936,253



 $     (23,752,739)



Toronto



 $     (79,068,216)



 $      21,627,784



 $     (68,485,378)



Utah



 $     (24,244,009)



 $      38,668,184



 $      33,394,058



Washington



 $     (65,221,241)



 $      17,910,187



 $     (64,420,691)



Sorted by Starting Cap Space


































































































































Team



Starting
 Cap Space



Atlanta



 $           17,933,087



LA Clippers



 $           (4,051,804)



New York



 $           (7,136,118)



Dallas



 $           (9,788,472)



Chicago



 $          (13,010,813)



New Orleans



 $          (14,045,334)



LA Lakers



 $          (14,553,267)



Phoenix



 $          (17,431,519)



Sacramento



 $          (20,370,827)



San Antonio



 $          (23,752,739)



Utah



 $          (24,244,009)



Milwaukee



 $          (32,546,854)



Brooklyn



 $          (33,839,515)



Detroit



 $          (34,631,716)



Denver



 $          (36,768,052)



Philadelphia



 $          (37,164,383)



Indiana



 $          (37,607,600)



Memphis



 $          (41,305,412)



Portland



 $          (41,364,631)



Orlando



 $          (44,316,500)



Cleveland



 $          (48,134,765)



Oklahoma City



 $          (51,200,594)



Houston



 $          (52,061,775)



Miami



 $          (55,180,203)



Charlotte



 $          (57,934,666)



Minnesota



 $          (60,749,709)



Washington



 $          (65,221,241)



Boston



 $          (70,073,478)



Golden State



 $          (70,201,746)



Toronto



 $          (79,068,216)



 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


Sorted by Maximum Cap Space


































































































































Team



Maximum
 Cap Space



New York



 $          80,131,797



Brooklyn



 $          71,256,604



Sacramento



 $          62,604,235



Philadelphia



 $          60,446,926



LA Clippers



 $          57,485,733



Dallas



 $          56,845,539



Atlanta



 $          50,799,256



Indiana



 $          45,694,748



Phoenix



 $          42,837,226



Boston



 $          38,850,344



LA Lakers



 $          38,703,415



Utah



 $          38,668,184



Charlotte



 $          37,379,273



Milwaukee



 $          32,916,974



New Orleans



 $          26,568,755



Chicago



 $          25,253,523



Toronto



 $          21,627,784



Orlando



 $          21,428,307



Miami



 $          20,935,274



Golden State



 $          20,532,884



Washington



 $          17,910,187



Denver



 $          17,449,071



Memphis



 $          15,178,904



San Antonio



 $           8,936,253



Minnesota



 $          (3,988,552)



Detroit



 $          (5,700,332)



Houston



 $         (13,071,076)



Cleveland



 $         (15,248,598)



Portland



 $         (19,544,468)



Oklahoma City



 $         (32,422,152)



Sorted by Projected Cap Space


































































































































Team



Projected
 Cap Space



New York



 $        71,261,675



LA Clippers



 $        52,915,071



Indiana



 $        44,014,108



Atlanta



 $        41,192,758



Sacramento



 $        38,398,881



LA Lakers



 $        35,563,053



Utah



 $        33,394,058



Brooklyn



 $        30,339,382



Dallas



 $        29,333,959



New Orleans



 $        19,636,250



Chicago



 $        19,075,001



Denver



 $        17,449,071



Phoenix



 $        (9,426,889)



Milwaukee



 $       (15,546,854)



Memphis



 $       (23,154,399)



San Antonio



 $       (23,752,739)



Philadelphia



 $       (32,464,383)



Detroit



 $       (34,631,716)



Miami



 $       (36,006,473)



Cleveland



 $       (36,324,765)



Charlotte



 $       (40,059,666)



Portland



 $       (41,364,631)



Orlando



 $       (44,116,534)



Houston



 $       (48,949,323)



Oklahoma City



 $       (49,967,357)



Minnesota



 $       (60,749,709)



Washington



 $       (64,420,691)



Toronto



 $       (68,485,378)



Boston



 $       (70,174,859)



Golden State



 $       (70,201,746)


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