Assessing 2016-17 Contract Statuses & Salary Cap Space for each NBA Team

Assessing 2016-17 Contract Statuses & Salary Cap Space for each NBA Team
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With the offseason now upon us, the time to turn the page to the 2016-17 season is here. With a salary cap expected to rise to $94M for the upcoming season, most teams will be spending big this summer. But the jump in cap won't likely transalte to blockbuster long-term deals in most cases, as many of the stars will choose to stay on 1 year deals in order to keep their options open, while waiting out the expected $15M+ jump in cap for the 2017-18 season.

The guide below highlights the season that was, starters under contract, players with options, notable free agents, and salary cap space for each NBA team for the upcoming 2016-17 season.

Max Salaries
A rising salary cap means the rich and available can get much much richer. Maximum salary thresholds are divided by years of experience and are currently projecting as:

Years 2016-17 Max Salary
0-6 $22,000,000
7-9 $26,400,000
10+ $30,800,000
 
Atlanta Hawks

Finished 4th in the East while holding opponents to less than 100 points per game. Much of Atlanta's space is tied up in cap holds ($27.5M), so re-signing players like Horford and Bazemore is certainly doable. Though the need to get younger quickly is becoming necessary. Should he require it, Al Horford can sign a 5 year $151.8M max contract with the Hawks this offseason. 

Returning Starters

  • Paul Millsap (31, PF) - signed through 2017 with a player option
  • Jeff Teague (28, PG) - signed through 2016, then UFA
  • Kyle Korver (35, SG) - Signed through 2016, then UFA

Options (view all)

  • Mike Muscala (24, PF) - Hawks hold a $1M club option for 2016.

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $37,074,677
Practical Cap Space: $9,582,262

 
Boston Celtics

Finished 5th in the East while scoring more than 105 points per game - most in the NBA. The Celtics are young, cheap, and have the financial structure in place to contend immediately should they spend wisely this offseason.

Returning Starters

Options (view all)

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Turner had the best year of his career as he heads to the open market. He'll likely be offered big paydays from competing teams (Knicks), but could choose to take a bit less to keep the band together in Boston.

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $42,153,734
Practical Cap Space: $23,209,983

 
Brooklyn Nets

Finished 13th in the East while scoring just 98.6 points per game, 5th worst in the league. While the roster is relatively young, the lack of production and wins likely means new blood is forthcoming. Four of the five starters are signed through 2016, while a few notable player options are likely to opt-out. Luckily the Nets currently hold north of $30M in cap space to work with this offseason.

Returning Starters

Options (view all)

  • Thomas Robinson (25, PF) - Holds a $1M player option (likely opt-out)
  • Shane Larkin (23, PG) - Holds a $1.5M player option (likely opt-out)
  • Wayne Ellington (28, SG) - Holds a $1.5M player option (likely opt-out)

Notable Free Agents (view all)

This list is sure to grow once the above player options are declined. The Nets will need to reach to keep their young core intact.

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $38,424,043
Practical Cap Space: $29,642,438

 
Charlotte Hornets

Finished 6th in the East while scoring in the Top 15 among NBA teams, including 4th in 3-point shooting. Only two everyday starters are currently signed, making the upcoming offseason a busy one for the Hornets. While Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams are expected to re-sign, PG Jeremy Lin will likely scour the market in search of a starting role. Charlotte is positioned nicely with a ton of practical cap space.

Returning Starters

  • Kemba Walker (26, PG) - Signed through 2018, then UFA.
  • Frank Kaminsky (23, PF) - Signed through 2016, then club options in 2017/18.

Options (view all)

  • Jeremy Lin (27, PG) - Holds a $2.2M player option (likely opt out)

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Both Jefferson and Williams have expressed interest in returning. Both will cash in either way.

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $114,976,610
Practical Cap Space: $47,216,664

 
Chicago Bulls

Finished 9th in the East while scoring the 21st most poiints among NBA teams. The Bulls appear headed toward a rebuild, with pending UFA Joakim Noah headed out, Pau Gasol certain to opt-out, and reports of Jimmy Butler trades swirling. With a projected $37M+ in space to work with currently, Chicago should be making plenty of noise this offseason.

Returning Starters

  • Jose Calderon (34, PG) - Signed through 2016, then UFA.
  • Jimmy Butler (26, SG) - Signed through 2018, then player option in 2019.
  • Mike Dunleavy (35, SF) - Signed through 2017, then UFA.
  • Taj Gibson (30, PF) - Signed through 2016, then UFA.
  • Robin Lopez (28, C) - Signed through 2017, then player option in 2018.


Options
(view all)

  • Pau Gasol (35, C) - Holds a $7.7M player option (likely opt-out)


Notable Free Agents
(view all)

  • Joakim Noah (31, C) - Nearly every team in the league will have an eye on Noah this summer. His max contract with another team should come in around 4 years $112M.


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $42,382,921
Practical Cap Space: $18,377,490

 
Cleveland Cavaliers

Finished 1st in the East, including 8th in scoring (104.3 points per game). The Cavaliers also held opponents to just 98.3 PPG, 4th least in the league. With the champioship now in-house, it's tough to imagine sweeping changes coming to the franchise. However Kevin Love's role going forward might have teams inquiring, and J.R. Smith's likely opt-out could mean a big hole to fill. The Cavaliers are also in cap trouble, meaning financial creativity will be necessary.

Returning Starters


Options
(view all)

  • LeBron James (31, SF) - holds a $24M player option (likely opt-out, then 1+1 contract)
  • J.R. Smith (30, SG) - holds a 5.375M player option (likely opt-out and re-sign)


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $16,463,664
Practical Cap Space: $-7,562,453

 
Dallas Mavericks

Finished 6th in the West, middle of the road both in scoring, and points against. The Mav's identity going forward is in question, with 38 year old Dirk Nowitzki likely to opt-out, and many of the depth players set to hit the free agent market. Dallas needs to get both younger and better quickly, and limited cap space won't make that easy.

Returning Starters

Options (view all)

  • Dirk Nowitzki (38, PF) - Holds an $8.6M player option (likely to opt-out, reportedly set to re-sign a multi-year deal).
  • Deron Williams (31, SG) - Holds a $5.6M player option (likely opt-out)
  • Chandler Parsons (27, SF) - Holds a $16M player option (undecided)


Notable Free Agents (view all)

 
Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $62,756,446
Practical Cap Space: $1,782,464

 
Denver Nuggets

Finished 11th in the West, bottom-tier both in scoring, and points against. Denver lived and died by the three pointer last year, while also leading the league in blocked shots. The Nuggest certainly have holes to fill, and the nearly $30M in space to work with certainly helps.

 

Returning Starters

  • Emmanuel Mudiay (20, PG) - signed through 2016, with club options in 2017/18.
  • Gary Harris (21, SG) - signed through 2016, with a club option in 2017.
  • Danilo Gallinari (27, SF) - Signed through 2016, with a player option in 2017.
  • Kenneth Faried (26, PF) - Signed through 2018, then UFA.


Options
(view all)

  • Darrell Arthur (28, PF) - Lost his role late in the year and might need to opt-in.


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $31,900,997
Practical Cap Space: $27,020,566

 
Detroit Pistons

Finished 8th in the East, but 19th in points scored and allowed per game. The 1-2 punch of Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson showed a lot of potential in 2015, but the Pistons need to put their dollars into shot-makers and bench depth this offseason. Moves may be coming to clear up some cap space.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

  • Andre Drummond (22, C) - A restricted free agent, the Pistons appear ready to shell out a max contract for their rising big-man.

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $24,051,823
Practical Cap Space: $9,149,990

 
Golden State Warriors

Finished 1st in the West in historic fashion while scoring 114.9 points per game (4 more than any team in the league). The Warriors scored 1,077 three pointers 197 more than 2nd-place Cleveland. While the majority of the everyday lineup is signed through 2016, much of the depth will need a new pay check this offseason. Golden State holds a healthy $18M in practical cap space to work with.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $51,112,051
Practical Cap Space: $18,170,766

 
Houston Rockets

Finished 8th in the West, spiraling downward most of the 2nd half of the season. While the Rockets scored the fourth most points in the league, they also gave up the 6th most. They'll have moves to make once Dwight Howard opts-out and seeks more money from the rest of the league.

Returning Starters


Options (view all)

  • Dwight Howard (30, C) - Holds a $23.2M player option (likely opt-out)


Notable Free Agents (view all)


Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $45,982,386
Practical Cap Space: $2,280,498

 
Indiana Pacers

Finished 7th in the East but have 4 of 5 everyday players already signed in 2016. Indiana will need to address the big man positions this offseason, but have nearly $20M in practical cap space to work with.

Returning Starters

  • George Hill (30, PG) - Signed through 2016, then UFA
  • Monta Ellis (30, SG) - Signed through 2017, player option in 2018.
  • Paul George (26, SF) - Signed through 2018, then UFA.
  • LaVoy Allen (27, PF) - Signed through 2016, club option in 2017.


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $34,739,063
Practical Cap Space: $19,052,613

 
Los Angeles Clippers

Finished 4th in the West, including 7th in both points scored and given up. While the core still remains under contract in 2016, plenty of depth is set to hit the open market. The Clippers may be a team to watch, as the possibility of a big-time move could be in store.

Returning Starters

  • Chris Paul  (31, PG) - Signed through 2016, player option in 2017.
  • J.J. Redick (31, SG) - Signed through 2016, then UFA.
  • Blake Griffin (27, PF) - Signed throug 2016, player option in 2017.
  • DeAndre Jordan (27, C) - Signed through 2017, player option in 2018.

Options (view all)

  • Cole Aldrich (27, C) - Holds a $1.2M player option. (likely opt-out)


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $52,042,022
Practical Cap Space: $15,422,039

 
Los Angeles Lakers

Finished 15th in the West, dead last in points scored, 7th worst in points allowed, securing themselves with a lottery pick this summer. They'll begin life without Kobe with some financial work to do, as only two of their everyday players are locked in for the upcoming season. They lock in a 5-tool player through the draft, but have plenty of holes to fill.

Returning Starters

  • D'Angelo Russell (20, PG) - Signed through 2016, then club options in 2017/18.
  • Julius Randle (24, PF) - Signed through 2016, then club option in 2017.


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $70,873,846
Practical Cap Space: $2,868,515

 
Memphis Grizzlies

Finished 7th in the West, but near the bottom in terms of points scored. They relied on their defensive abilites to stay afloat in 2015, and have ample cap space to shell out for upgrades in scoring this offseason.

Returning Starters

  • Tony Allen (34, SG) - Signed through 2016, then UFA
  • Zach Randolph (34, PF) - Signed through 2016, then UFA
  • Marc Gasol (31, C) - Signed through 2018, then player option in 2019.


Options
(view all)

Notable Free Agents (view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $68,706,995
Practical Cap Space: $32,818,722

 
Miami Heat

Finished 3rd in the East somewhat surpisingly, despite winding up 23rd in points scored and 26th in points allowed. The Heat have a mixed bag of returning depth talent, and expired contracts. While much of the starting core needs a new deal the $44M+ in space will make them big players this offseason.

Returning Starters

  • Goran Dragic (30, PG) - Signed through 2018, player option in 2019.
  • Chris Bosh (32, PF) - Signed through 2018.


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $98,946,121
Practical Cap Space: $44,242,053

 
Milwaukee Bucks

Finished 12th in the East, 25th in points per game scored, and 14th in points per game allowed. The Bucks have all five everyday players under contract in 2016, with a few notable depth players set to hit the open market. They near July with north of $30M in cap space to work with.

Returning Starters


Notable Free Agents
(view all)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $62,515,627
Practical Cap Space: $30,461,961

 
Minnesota Timberwolves

Finished 13th in the West, 15th in points per game scored, and 7th most points per game allowed. The Wolves have all five everyday players under contract in 2016, with only Tayshaun Prince set to hit the open market. They near July with north of $25M in cap space to work with.

Returning Starters

  • Ricky Rubio (25, PG) - Signed through 2018, then UFA.
  • Zach LaVine (21, SG) - Signed through 2016, then club option in 2017.
  • Andrew Wiggins (21, SF) - Signed through 2016, then club option in 2017.
  • Gorgui Dieng (26, PF) - Signed through 2016, then RFA.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns (20, C) - Signed through 2016, then club options in 2017/18.


Notable Free Agents
(view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $30,016,930
Practical Cap Space: $25,114,775

 
New Orleans Pelicans

Finished 12th in the West, 14th in points per game scored, and 5th most points per game allowed. The Pelicans starting core is signed in 2016 with the exception of Eric Gordon, who will likely be able to test the market this summer. They near July with north of $25M in cap space to work with.

Returning Starters


Notable Free Agents
(view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $71,486,600
Practical Cap Space: $25,373,668

 
New York Knicks

Finished 13th in the East, including the 4th lowest points scored per game, and 10th most points per game allowed. The big 3 are signed into the upcoming season (Anthony, Porzingis, Lopez), but the Knicks need new blood to up their production.

Returning Starters


Options
(view all)

  • Arron Afflalo (30, SG) - Holds an $8M player option (likely opt-out).
  • Derrick Williams (25, PF) - Holds a $4.6M player option (likely opt-out).

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $38,865,202
Practical Cap Space: $11,468,523

 
Oklahoma City Thunder

Finished 3rd in the West, including the 2nd most points scored per game, and most rebounds. While the Thunder are in decent shape for the upcoming season, the elephant in the room is obviously the pending free agency of Kevin Durant, though it's widely expected that he'll signed a 1 year maximum deal with the Thunder that includes a player option for 2017.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $71,369,136
Practical Cap Space: $24,605,699

 
Orlando Magic

Finished 11th in the East, but weren't in the Top 10 of any major offense category as a team. Orlando will likely push to re-sign RFA Evan Fournier, but could also be in the market for a free agent/trade splash, including Jimmy Butler from Chicago.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $49,091,729
Practical Cap Space: $16,493,791

 
Philadelphia 76ers

Finished 15th in the East, securing the top pick in the upcoming draft. The Sixers scored 97 points a game, while giving up nearly 108. With $54M in cap space currently the Sixers can financially do what they please. Securing the right veterans to mix with their pool of #1 overall selections seems like the best use of it.

Returning Starters

  • Robert Covington (25, SF) - Signed through 2016, then club option in 2017.
  • Nerlens Noel (22, PF) - Signed through 2016, then RFA.
  • Jahlil Okafor (20, C) - Signed through 2016, then club options in 2017/18.

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $61,615,023
Practical Cap Space: $54,848,416

 
Phoenix Suns

Finished 14th in the West, while allowing the 3rd most points scored per game. While the full lot of everyday players are signed through 2016, the Suns need upgrades at almost every position, and have nearly $25M in cap space with to do so.

Returning Starters

  • Eric Bledsoe (26, PG) - Signed through 2018, then UFA.
  • Devin Booker (19, SG) - Signed through 2016, then club options in 2017/18.
  • P.J. Tucker (31, SF) - Signed through 2016, then UFA.
  • Alex Len (23, PF) - Signed through 2016, then RFA.
  • Tyson Chandler (33, C) - Signed through 2018, then UFA.

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $35,705,146
Practical Cap Space: $24,181,084

 
Portland Trail Blazers

Finished 5th in a deep West, while scoring north of 105 points per game. Portland was Top 5 in 3-pointers and rebounds, but dropped off heavily across the board defensively. The Blazers will need to lock in Moe Harkless (RFA), and lack the current cap space to make a big splash this offseason.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $40,344,986
Practical Cap Space: $3,462,913

 
Sacramento Kings

Finished 10th in the West, but scored the 3rd most (106.6) points per game in the league. The bad news? They allowed a league most 109 points per game. The Kings may be in for a blowup this summer, with Rondo headed to the open market, and DeMarcus Cousins largely rumored to be on the trade block.

Returning Starters

Options (view all)

  • Caron Butler (36, SF) - Holds a $1.5 million player option


Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $30,266,699
Practical Cap Space: $14,509,710

 
San Antonio Spurs

Finished 2nd in the West, scoring the 10th most points (103.5), while allowing a league low 92.9 against. The band might be finally breaking up this summer, with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili at career crossroads, and Tony Parker well into decline. The Spurs will need to get younger and cheaper to replenish the pool.

Returning Starters

  • Tony Parker (34, PG) - Signed through 2017, then UFA.
  • Danny Green (28, SG) - Signed through 2017, then player option in 2018.
  • Kawhi Leonard (24, SF) - Signed through 2018, then player option in 2019.
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (30, PF) - Signed through 2017, then player option in 2018.

Options (view all)

  • Tim Duncan (40, C) - Holds a $6.3M player option (retirement likely)
  • Manu Ginobili (38, SG) - Holds a $2.9M player option (retirement likely)
  • David West (35, PF) - Holds a $1.5M player option (will opt-out)


Cap Space
(view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $12,302,206
Practical Cap Space: $452,537

 
Toronto Raptors

Finished 2nd in the East, scoring the 14th most points (102.5), while allowing the 3rd least (98) against. The Raptors have cap to blow ($24M), and will likely start by locking in DeMar DeRozan to a multi-year blockbuster contract (possibly max?). Bismack Biyombo's strong postseason assures him quite the pay raise as well.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $52,579,233
Practical Cap Space: $24,090,102

 
Utah Jazz

Finished 9th in the West, scoring the 28th most points (97), while allowing the 2nd fewest (96) against. Utah just barely missed the postseason, and have all 5 core players

locked in through the upcoming season. Toss in $24M in cap space to work with and this team might be on the cusp of breaking out in 2016.

Returning Starters

  • Dante Exum (20, PG) - Signed through 2016, then club option in 2017.
  • Rodney Hood (23, SG) - Signed through 2016, then club option in 2017.
  • Gordon Hayward (26, SF) - Signed through 2016, then player option in 2017.
  • Derrick Favors (24, PF) - Signed through 2017, then UFA.
  • Rudy Gobert (23, C) - Signed through 2016, then RFA.

Notable Free Agents (view all)


Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $32,939,248
Practical Cap Space: $26,731,748

 

 
Washington Wizards

Finished 10th in the East, a surprisingly disappointing result for a team many picked to contend. The Wizard were Top 10 in scoring, but bottom 10 in defensive production. Much of the lineup is under contract through 2016, but Washington will need to pony up to keep Bradley Beal in house. The restricted free agent will almost certainly field an offer sheet or two this summer. The good news? Washington carries a whoping $44M+ in cap space to play with.

Returning Starters

Notable Free Agents (view all)

Cap Space (view)

Space w/o Cap Holds: $97,973,228
Practical Cap Space: $43,400,283




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