Projected 2014-15 NBA Team Salary Cap Space
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Projected NBA 2014-15 Team Cap Space

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With the NBA Draft just days away, and the free agent negotiation/signing period right behind it, we'll take a detailed look at home each team breaks down financially as it currently stands (fully aware that the dozens of draft day trades will throw everything out of sort completely).

Some Notable Terms
There are literally dozens of scenarios that impact an NBA team's salary cap, from options to exceptions, to cap holds, etc. We'll show a few of those scenarios here to provide the projected cap space for each team going forward. Many teams carry players with some sort of option, be it a Player Option (Darren Collison, LAC), a Club Option (Chauncey Billups, DET), or an Early Termination Option (LeBron James, MIA). All of these option salaries currently count toward a team's 2014-15 cap, no matter than likelihood of their exercise. Similarly, players whose contract has technically expired (Dirk Nowitzki, DAL) also count toward the cap, by way of a calculated cap hold, conditionalized based on the player's years of experience, how he was originally acquired, etc. In other words, at this stage of the game, no player is technically "free" from their team's salary cap.

Taking things one step further, it's safe to assume that all 1st round selections from the 2014-15 draft will be signed in the coming weeks, so those projected cap pools should also be allocated to a team's cap at this point (barring a trade or 14).

We'll break all of these conditions out as best as possible to show where teams have wiggle room (or lackthereof) heading into July.

2014-15 Team Practical Salary Caps
The following shows the team salary cap breakdowns including all active salaries, and current 1st round draft selection pools for the 2014-15 season. We'll call this "practical cap space", as it assumes none of the subjective cap holds such as unrestricted free agents.
Team 2014-15 Active Salaries 1st RD Draft Pool ADj. Team Cap Proj. 2014-15 Cap Practical Cap Space
Cleveland Cavailers $47,161,117 $4,592,200 $51,753,317 $63,200,000 $11,446,683
Milwaukee Bucks $47,883,840 $4,108,800 $51,992,640 $63,200,000 $11,207,360
Philadelphia 76ers $32,569,116 $5,687,900 $38,257,016 $63,200,000 $24,942,984
Orlando Magic $45,912,411 $5,130,100 $51,042,511 $63,200,000 $12,157,489
Utah Jazz $32,246,231 $4,087,800 $36,334,031 $63,200,000 $26,865,969
Boston Celtics $56,339,270 $4,131,500 $60,470,770 $63,200,000 $2,729,230
Los Angeles Lakers $36,259,471 $2,497,800 $38,757,271 $63,200,000 $24,442,729
Sacramento Kings $70,278,444 $2,288,200 $72,566,644 $63,200,000 -$9,366,644
Charlotte Hornets $42,072,440 $3,135,700 $45,208,140 $63,200,000 $17,991,860
Brooklyn Nets $91,719,025   $91,719,025 $63,200,000 -$28,519,025
Dallas Mavericks $31,250,100   $31,250,100 $63,200,000 $31,949,900
Phoenix Suns $25,686,785 $3,883,700 $29,570,485 $63,200,000 $33,629,515
Detroit Pistons $42,177,875   $42,177,875 $63,200,000 $21,022,125
Washington Wizards $48,598,992   $48,598,992 $63,200,000 $14,601,008
Atlanta Hawks $48,716,058 $1,546,100 $50,262,158 $63,200,000 $12,937,842
Toronto Raptors $51,364,506 $1,215,300 $52,579,806 $63,200,000 $10,620,194
San Antonio Spurs $53,819,650 $911,400 $54,731,050 $63,200,000 $8,468,950
New Orleans Pelicans $58,348,593   $58,348,593 $63,200,000 $4,851,407
Portland Trailblazers $62,060,824   $62,060,824 $63,200,000 $1,139,176
Houston Rockets $64,036,925 $991,000 $65,027,925 $63,200,000 -$1,827,925
Golden State Warriors $64,635,875   $64,635,875 $63,200,000 -$1,435,875
Denver Nuggets $65,528,178 $1,898,300 $67,426,478 $63,200,000 -$4,226,478
Minnesota Timberwolves $66,044,113 $1,713,200 $67,757,313 $63,200,000 -$4,557,313
Indiana Pacers $67,030,440   $67,030,440 $63,200,000 -$3,830,440
New York Knicks $69,076,624   $69,076,624 $63,200,000 -$5,876,624
Chicago Bulls $68,020,817 $2,734,900 $70,755,717 $63,200,000 -$7,555,717
Memphis Grizzlies $69,270,175 $1,120,100 $70,390,275 $63,200,000 -$7,190,275
Oklahoma City Thunder $69,658,923 $2,084,700 $71,743,623 $63,200,000 -$8,543,623
Miami Heat $70,267,178 $958,100 $71,225,278 $63,200,000 -$8,025,278
Los Angeles Clippers $76,251,553 $924,800 $77,176,353 $63,200,000 -$13,976,353


2014-15 Team Cap Hold Salary Caps
Now let's take a look at the TOTAL cap hold figures for each team, showing the ACTUAL salary cap totals as they currently stand. As you'll see this changes things quite a bit - and really doesn't provide an practical look at how teams are shelling out for the 2014-15, as it includes cap holds for many players who will not be back with their respective teams - or at least now at the calculated hold price. One thing to note here: Cap holds aren't included in the salary cap of any team already over the current salary cap threshold ($63.2M as of now) BEFORE including them (see Brooklyn).
Team 2014-15 Active sAlaries 2014-15 Cap Holds TOTAL Team Cap Proj. 2014-15 Cap Practical Cap Space
Cleveland Cavailers $47,161,117 $36,566,450 $151,519,767 $63,200,000 -$88,319,767
Milwaukee Bucks $47,883,840 $23,613,156 $138,805,796 $63,200,000 -$75,605,796
Philadelphia 76ers $32,569,116 $17,841,243 $119,298,259 $63,200,000 -$56,098,259
Orlando Magic $45,912,411 $9,091,806 $123,334,317 $63,200,000 -$60,134,317
Utah Jazz $32,246,231 $48,137,258 $147,671,289 $63,200,000 -$84,471,289
Boston Celtics $56,339,270 $62,385,187 $186,055,957 $63,200,000 -$122,855,957
Los Angeles Lakers $36,259,471 $59,117,024 $161,074,295 $63,200,000 -$97,874,295
Sacramento Kings $70,278,444 $9,664,269 $70,278,444 $63,200,000 -$7,078,444
Charlotte Hornets $42,072,440 $20,043,472 $128,451,612 $63,200,000 -$65,251,612
Brooklyn Nets $91,719,025 $24,631,007 $91,719,025 $63,200,000 -$28,519,025
Dallas Mavericks $31,250,100 $48,847,016 $143,297,116 $63,200,000 -$80,097,116
Phoenix Suns $25,686,785 $34,113,289 $126,883,774 $63,200,000 -$63,683,774
Detroit Pistons $42,177,875 $47,386,135 $152,764,010 $63,200,000 -$89,564,010
Washington Wizards $48,598,992 $50,598,150 $162,397,142 $63,200,000 -$99,197,142
Atlanta Hawks $48,716,058 $13,843,649 $127,305,807 $63,200,000 -$64,105,807
Toronto Raptors $51,364,506 $28,523,916 $144,303,722 $63,200,000 -$81,103,722
San Antonio Spurs $53,819,650 $33,009,413 $150,940,463 $63,200,000 -$87,740,463
New Orleans Pelicans $58,348,593 $16,036,455 $137,585,048 $63,200,000 -$74,385,048
Portland Trailblazers $62,060,824 $4,097,643 $129,358,467 $63,200,000 -$66,158,467
Houston Rockets $64,036,925 $5,801,369 $64,036,925 $63,200,000 -$836,925
Golden State Warriors $64,635,875 $15,406,048 $64,635,875 $63,200,000 -$1,435,875
Denver Nuggets $65,528,178 $13,416,181 $65,528,178 $63,200,000 -$2,328,178
Minnesota Timberwolves $66,044,113 $7,786,925 $66,044,113 $63,200,000 -$2,844,113
Indiana Pacers $67,030,440 $23,916,198 $67,030,440 $63,200,000 -$3,830,440
New York Knicks $69,076,624 $67,256,487 $69,076,624 $63,200,000 -$5,876,624
Chicago Bulls $68,020,817 $14,578,358 $68,020,817 $63,200,000 -$4,820,817
Memphis Grizzlies $69,270,175 $41,615,601 $69,270,175 $63,200,000 -$6,070,175
Oklahoma City Thunder $69,658,923 $12,576,425 $69,658,923 $63,200,000 -$6,458,923
Miami Heat $70,267,178 $96,209,480 $70,267,178 $63,200,000 -$7,067,178
Los Angeles Clippers $76,251,553 $6,865,772 $76,251,553 $63,200,000 -$13,051,553
Top 2014-15 Cap Hold Per Team
Now let's take a look at the TOTAL cap hold figures for each team, showing the ACTUAL salary cap totals as they currently stand. As you'll see this changes things quite a bit - and really doesn't provide an practical look at how teams are shelling out for the 2014-15, as it includes cap holds for many players who will not be back with their respective teams - or at least now at the calculated hold price. One thing to note here: Cap holds aren't included in the salary cap of any team already over the current salary cap threshold ($63.2M as of now) BEFORE including them (see Brooklyn).
Team player Pos 2014-15 Cap hold Status
ATL Elton Brand PF $4,800,000 UFA
BOS Kris Humphries PF $18,000,000 UFA
BKN Paul Pierce SF $19,181,750 UFA
CHA Luke Ridnour PG $8,208,000 UFA
CHI Kirk Hinrich SG $5,276,700 UFA
CLE Luol Deng SF $19,181,750 UFA
DAL Dirk Nowitzki PF $23,857,450 UFA
DEN Jan Vesel SF $4,236,287 UFA
DET Charlie Villanueva PF $12,870,000 UFA
GS Steve Blake PG $7,600,000 UFA
HOU Jordan Hamilton SF S$2,109,294 UFA
IND Evan Turner SF $13,359,734 UFA
LAC Darren Collison PG $2,280,000 Player
LAL Pau Gasol PF $20,250,143 UFA
MEM Zach Randolph PF $19,181,750 Player
MIA Chris Bosh PF $20,020,875 ETO
MIL Ekpe Udoh PF $11,173,870 UFA
MIN Dante Cunningham PF $4,142,000 UFA
NO Al-Farouq Aminu SF $7,124,244 UFA
NYK Andrea Bargnani PF $16,441,500 Player
OKC Thabo Sefolosha SF $7,410,000 UFA
ORL 2014 #4 Selection TBD $3,326,700 Draft
PHI 2014 #3 Selection TBD $3,689,700 Draft
PHX Emeka Okafor C $19,181,750 UFA
POR Mo Williams PG $3,182,400 UFA
SAC Aaron Gray C $5,112,663 UFA
SAS Boris Diaw C $8,934,750 UFA
TOR Kyle Lowry PG $9,315,000 UFA
UTA Richard Jefferson SF $16,569,000 UFA
WAS Trevor Ariza SF $11,590,920 UFA

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