The Spurs have lots of money to spend. The Rockets are looking to deal. The Mavericks are remaking their roster. In other words, everything’s normal.
We continue a series looking at each NBA team, a division a day, and how its roster is impacted by contract status. Today: the Southwest Division.
A few items to remember: the luxury tax threshold for 2014-15 is expected to be $77 million, so teams will try to stay under that amount. Also, the terms for contracts can be confusing. Player option means a player can end the contract. Team option means the franchise can end the contract. Qualifying offer means a team must make that offer to a player, else he becomes a restricted free agent. Restricted free agents can take their services to the open market, but the team reserves the right to match any offer.
The salaries listed below are from hoopshype.com.
DALLAS MAVERICKS 49-33
Under contract: Monta Ellis $8.7M, Jose Calderon $7.1M, Brandon Wright $5M, Wayne Ellington $2.5M, Shane Larkin $1.6M, Ricky Ledo $0.8M, Gal Mekel $0.8M.
Team option: Samuel Dalembert $3.9M,
Free agent: Dirk Nowitzki *$22.7M, Shawn Marion *$9.3M, Vince Carter *$3.2M, Devin Harris *$1.3M, Dejuan Blair *$0.9M, Jae Crowder *$0.8M, Bernard James *$0.8M. *2013-14 salary.
2014-15 Salary commitments: $26.6M.
Outlook: The Mavericks have some work to do. Nowitzki almost surely will re-sign, but there are few rotational players under contract. Of course, the Mavs are used to that.
HOUSTON ROCKETS 54-28
Under contract: Dwight Howard $21.4M, Omer Asik $14.9M, Jeremy Lin $14.9M, James Harden $14.7M, Terrence Jones $1.6M, Donatas Motiejunas $1.5M, Isaiah Canaan $0.8M, Robert Covington $0.8M.
Player option: Francisco Garcia $1.3M.
Team option: Josh Powell $1.3M, Chandler Parsons $0.96M, Patrick Beverley $0.9M, Troy Daniels $0.8M.
Free agent: Jordan Hamilton *$1.2M, Omni Casspi *$0.9M. *2013-14 salary.
2014-15 Salary commitment: $72M including player option, $70.6M not counting player option.
Outlook: Strange payroll. The Rockets will pay two backups a combined $29.8 million, while could be paying two starters a combined $1.8 million. Houston will try to trade Asik and Lin.
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 50-32
Under contract: Marc Gasol $15.8M, Mike Conley $8.75M, Tayshaun Prince $7.7M, Courtney Lee $5.45M, Tony Allen $5M, Quincy Pondexter $3.1M, Jon Leuer $1M, Jamaal Franklin $0.8M.
Player option: Zach Randolph $16.5M.
Team option: Kosta Koufos $3M.
Qualifying offer: Ed Davis $4.4M.
Free agent: Mike Miller *$1.4M, James Johnson *$0.5M, Nick Calathes *$0.5M, Beno Udrih *$0.4M. *2013-14 salary.
2014-15 Salary commitments: $64.2M including player option, $47.7M not including player option.
Outlook: If the Grizzlies pick up their option on Zach Randolph, they have their team and aren’t in terrible position with the luxury tax.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 34-48
Under contract: Eric Gordon $14.9M, Tyreke Evans $11.3M, Jrue Holliday $11M, Ryan Anderson $8.5M, Alexis Ajinca $1M, Jeff Withey $0.8M.
Team option: Anthony Davis $5.6M, Austin Rivers $2.4M, Luke Babbitt $1M.
Player option: Anthony Morrow $1.1M.
Qualifying offer: Darius Miller $1.1M, Brian Roberts $1.1M.
Free agent: Al-Farouq Aminu *$3.7M, Jason Smith *$2.5M, Melvin Ely *$0.07M, James Southerland *$0.03M. *2013-14 salary.
2014-15 Salary commitments: $48.6M including player option, $47.5M not including player option.
Outlook: Pelicans return most of their rotation players. They need an upgrade to that rotation, but there’s room under the luxury tax.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS 62-20
Under contract: Tony Parker $12.5M, Tiago Splitter $9.25M, Manu Ginobili $7M, Danny Green $4M, Kawhi Leonard $3.1M, Marco Belinelli $2.9M, Cory Joseph $2.1M, Jeff Ayres $1.8M.
Player option: Tim Duncan $10.4M.
Team option: Austin Daye $1.1M.
Qualifying offer: Aron Baynes $1.1M.
Free agent: Boris Diaw *$4.7M, Matt Bonner *$3.9M, Patty Mills *$1.1M, Damion James *$0.1M. *2013-14 salary.
2014-15 Salary commitments: $53M including player option, $42.6 not including player option.
Outlook: Payroll is not San Antonio’s concern. Retirement is. Will Duncan and Ginobili be back? Either way, the Spurs have plenty of money to spend.