The NBA offseason approaches. The draft on June 26, free-agency in July. Some rosters will change significantly, some barely at all. Today we’ll start a series looking at each NBA team, a division a day, and how it’s roster is impacted by contract status.
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.
Today, the Thunder’s Northwest Division:
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER 59-23
Under contract: Kevin Durant $20M, Russell Westbrook $15.7M, Serge Ibaka $12.25M, Kendrick Perkins $9.1M, Reggie Jackson $2.3M, Nick Collison $2.2M, Jeremy Lamb $2.2M, Steven Adams $2.2M, Perry Jones $1.1M, Andre Roberson $0.8M.
Team option: Hasheem Thabeet $1.25M.
Free agent: Thabo Sefolosha *$3.9M, Derek Fisher *$1.4M, Caron Butler *$0.4M, Grant Jerrett *$0.03M.
Salary commitments 2014-15: $68M.
Outlook: The Thunder loses three veteran role players. The core and the young brigade are retained. But the Thunder doesn’t have a ton of room to stay under the luxury tax. About $9 million for three spots.
PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS 54-28
Under contract: LaMarcus Aldridge $15.2M, Nicolas Batum $11.4M, Wesley Matthews $7.25M, Thomas Robinson $3.7M, Damian Lillard $3.3M, Joel Freeland $3.1M, Dorrell Wright $3.1M, C.J. McCollum $2.4M, Meyers Leonard $2.3M, Victor Claver $1.4M, Allen Crabbe $0.86M.
Player option: Mo Williams $2.8M.
Team option: Robin Lopez $5.3M, Will Barton $0.9M.
Free agent: Earl Watson *$1.4M (*2013-14 salary).
Salary commitments 2014-15: $56.8M with player options; $50.6M with no player options.
Outlook: The Blazers have their impressive starting unit back at a decent price. But the bench is thin; keeping or adequately replacing Williams is a priority.
DENVER NUGGETS 36-46
Under contract: Ty Lawson $11.6M, JaVale McGee $11.25M, Danilo Gallinari $10.8M, Wilson Chandler $6.7M, J.J. Hickson $5.4M, Timofey Mozgov $4.65M, Randy Foye $3M, Kenneth Faried $2.4M, Anthony Randolph $1.8M, Evan Fournier $1.5M.
Player option: Darrell Arthur $3.5M, Nate Robinson $2.1M.
Team option: Quincy Miller $0.9M.
Free agent: Jan Vesely *$3.5M, Aaron Brooks *$1M. (*salary in 2013-14)
Salary commitments 2014-15: $64.7M with player options; $59.6M without player options.
Outlook: Nuggets have the core of their team locked up. Lawson, Faried, Hickson, Chandler, Gallinari returning from injury. But McGee is eating up a ton of salary space.
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES 40-42
Under contract: Kevin Love $15.7M, Nikola Pekovic $12.1M, Kevin Martin $6.8M, Ricky Rubio $5.1M, Chase Budinger $5M, Corey Brewer $4.7M, J.J. Barea $4.5M, Luc Mbah a Moute $4.4M, Alexey Shved $3.2M, Shabazz Muhammad $2.0M, Ronny Turiaf $1.6M, Gorgui Dieng $1.4M.
Free agents: Dante Cunningham *$2.2M, Robbie Hummel *$0.5M, Othyus Jeffers *$0.05M (*2013-14 salary).
Salary commitments 2014-15: $66.5M.
Outlook: T-Wolves have their team – or do they? If Kevin Love wants a trade, Minnesota could be in major rebuilding mode.
UTAH JAZZ 25-57
Under contract: Derrick Favors $12.8M, Enes Kanter $6M, Alec Burks $3.2M, Trey Burke $2.5M, Jeremy Evans $1.8M, John Lucas $1.6M, Rudy Gobert $1.1M.
Team option: Malcolm Thomas $0.9M, Diante Garrett $0.9M, Ian Clark $08.M.
Qualifying offer: Gordon Hayward $4.7M.
Free agents: Richard Jefferson *$11M, Marvin Williams *$7.5M, Brandon Rush *$4M, Erik Murphy *$0.03M.
Salary commitments 2014-15: $29.1M.
Outlook: The Jazz should retain Hayward, and if so, all the promising young talent is secure. But there’s no Durant or Westbrook in the bunch, and there’s still a roster to be filled.