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Oklahoma City Thunder: Some foes facing salary cap disaster

by Berry Tramel Modified: June 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013
What does Scott Brooks' team look like heading into free agency? / Photo by Sarah Phipps
What does Scott Brooks' team look like heading into free agency? / Photo by Sarah Phipps

The NBA Draft arrives Thursday, and Monday starts the free agent period, when teams can start negotiating with players who are not under contract.

Seems like the best time to study exactly what each Western Conference roster looks like, in terms of salary commitments for the 2013-14 season, decisions to be made and who’s available via free agency.

Here are the 15 teams in the Western Conference and how their rosters set up prior to the draft.

First, a glossary.

Player option: means a player is under contract but can opt out of the contract and become a free agent.

Team option: means a player is under contract, but the team can opt out of the contract, allowing the player to become a free agent. I’ve also included non-guaranteed contracts in this category.

Restricted free agent: means a player can be signed to an “offer sheet” by another team, but his current team reserves the right to match the offer and keep the player.

A few things to remember. The projected luxury tax threshold is $71.6 million. Most teams will try to stay under that total for its payroll. The projected payroll cap is $58.5 million; teams paying more than that in salary are limited in how they can acquire players.

Also, the salary commitment does not include team options, player options or restricted free agents.

And finally, the salary listed for restricted free agents is the amount the team must offer on a one-year contract to retain the right to match a contract offered by another franchise.



2013-14 commitments: $64.8M.

Under contract: Kevin Durant ($18.8M), Russell Westbrook ($14.7M), Serge Ibaka ($12.3M), Kendrick Perkins ($8.5M), Thabo Sefolosha ($3.9M), Nick Collison ($2.6M), Jeremy Lamb ($2.1M), Reggie Jackson ($1.3M), Perry Jones ($1.1M).

Team option: Hasheem Thabeet ($1.2M), Daniel Orton ($0.9M), DeAndre Liggins ($0.8M).

Unrestricted free agent: Kevin Martin, Ronnie Brewer, Derek Fisher.

Outlook: The Thunder has few holes in its roster. And it’s a good thing. There isn’t much room for acquisition.




2013-14 commitments: $32.9M

Under contract: Tony Parker ($12.5M), Tim Duncan ($10.4M), Danny Green ($3.8M), Kawhi Leonard ($2M), Nando De Colo ($1.5M), Cory Joseph ($1.2M), Aron Baynes ($0.8M).

Team option: Matt Bonner ($3.9M).

Restricted free agent: Tiago Splitter ($4.9M), Gary Neal ($1.1M).

Player option: Boris Diaw ($4.7M), Patty Mills ($1.1M).

Unrestricted free agent: Manu Ginobili, DeJuan Blair, Tracy McGrady.

Outlook: Excellent. San Antonio has the core of its team accounted for, with plenty of cap space. The Spurs have all kinds of options.




2013-14 commitments: $72.6M

Under contract: Ty Lawson ($10.8M), JaVale McGee ($10.8M), Danilo Gallinari ($10.1M), Wilson Chandler ($6.3M), Andre Miller ($5.0M), Kosta Koufos ($3.0M), Anthony Randolph ($1.8M), Evan Fournier ($1.4M), Kenneth Faried ($1.4M), Jordan Hamilton ($1.4M).

Player option: Andre Iguodala ($16.2M).

Restricted free agent: Timofey Mozgov ($3.9M), Julyan Stone ($1.1M).

Team option: Quincy Miller ($0.8M).

Unrestricted free agent: Corey Brewer.

Outlook:Denver actually will have some wiggle room – and will need it, since Igoudala says he will opt out of his contract, even though he will be hard-pressed to get that kind of money elsewhere.




2013-14 commitments: $45.3M

Under contract: Blake Griffin ($16.4M), DeAndre Jordan ($11.0M), Caron Butler ($8.0M), Jamal Crawford ($5.2M), Eric Bledsoe ($2.6M).

Team option: Willie Green ($1.4M), DaJuan Summers ($0.9M), Maalik Wayns ($0.8M).

Unrestricted free agents: Chris Paul, Lamar Odom, Chauncey Billups, Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins, Matt Barnes.

Outlook: Until Doc Rivers jumped on board as coach, the Clippers’ future seemed dicey. But the addition of Rivers figures to entice Paul to re-sign with the Clips, which would round this roster into shape.




2013-14 commitments: $57.9M

Under contract: Zach Randolph ($17.8M), Marc Gasol ($14.9M), Mike Conley ($8.2M), Tayshaun Prince ($7.2M), Darrell Arthur ($3.2M), Ed Davis ($3.2M), Quincy Pondexter ($2.2M), Tony Wroten ($1.2M), Donte Greene ($1.0M).

Restricted free agent: Austin Daye ($4.1M), Jon Leuer ($1.0M).

Player option: Jerryd Bayless ($3.1M).

Team option: Willie Reed ($0.8M).

Unrestricted free agent: Tony Allen, Keyon Dooling.

Outlook:Memphis has the core of its team set, with a little room left to spend. It sure would like to keep Allen.




2013-14 commitments: $44.9M

Under contract: Andrew Bogut ($14.0M), David Lee ($13.9M), Steph Curry ($9.9M), Harrison Barnes ($2.9M), Klay Thompson ($2.3M), Festus Ezeli ($1.1M), Draymond Green ($0.9M).

Team option: Dwayne Jones ($1.1M), Kent Bazemore ($0.8M), Scott Machado ($0.8M).

Player option: Richard Jefferson ($11.0M), Andris Biedrins ($9.0M), Carl Landry ($4.0M), Brandon Rush ($4.0M).

Unrestricted free agent: Jarrett Jack.

Outlook: Difficult. If Jefferson, Biedrins, Rush and Landry stay on board – and only Landry might be marketable elsewhere – then the Warriors are into the luxury tax.




2013-14 commitments: $68.1M

Under contract:Kobe Bryant ($30.4M), Pau Gasol ($19.3M), Steve Nash ($9.3M), Steve Blake ($4.0M), Jordan Hill ($3.5M).

Player option: Metta World Peace ($7.7M).

Team option: Chris Duhon ($3.9M), Jodie Meeks ($1.6M).

Restricted free agent: Devin Ebanks ($1.3M), Darius Morris ($1.2M), Andrew Goudelock ($1.0M), Robert Sacre ($1.0M).

Unrestricted free agents: Dwight Howard, Antawn Jamison, Earl Clark.

Outlook: Good thing money is no object. Because the Lakers are in a world of hurt.




2013-14 commitments: $39.3M

Under contract: James Harden ($13.7M), Omer Asik ($8.4M), Jeremy Lin ($8.4M), Thomas Robinson ($3.5M), Royce White ($1.7M), Terrence Jones ($1.5M), Donatas Motiejunas ($1.4M).

Team option: Francisco Garcia ($6.4M), Carlos Delfino ($3.0M), Aaron Brooks ($2.5M), Chandler Parsons ($0.9M), Greg Smith ($0.9M), James Anderson ($0.9M), Patrick Beverley ($0.8M), Tim Ohlbrecht ($0.8M).

Outlook: Crazy summer. The Rockets have the option on eight players.




2013-14 commitments: $17.8M

Under contract: Derrick Favors ($6.0M), Enes Kanter ($4.5M), Gordon Hayward ($3.5M), Alec Burks ($2.2M), Jeremy Evans ($1.7M).

Team option: Kevin Murphy ($0.8M).

Player option: Marvin Williams ($7.5M).

Unrestricted free agent: Al Jefferson, Mo Williams, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Earl Watson, Jamaal Tinsley, DeMarre Carroll, Travis Leslie.

Outlook: Most salary room in the West. But can the Jazz find some takers?




2013-14 commitments: $27.9M

Under contract: Dirk Nowitzki ($22.7M), Vince Carter ($3.2M), Jared Cunningham ($1.2M), Jae Crowder ($0.8M).

Player option: Shawn Marion ($9.3M), O.J. Mayo ($4.2M).

Restricted free agent: Darren Collison ($3.3M), Rodrigue Beaubois ($3.2M).

Team option: Josh Akognon ($0.8M).

Unrestricted free agents: Chris Kaman, Anthony Morrow, Elton Brand, Brandan Wright, Mike James, Bernard James.

Outlook: Dismal.




2013-14 commitments: $43.2M

Under contract: LaMarcus Aldridge ($14.6M), Nicolas Batum ($11.2M), Wesley Matthews ($6.9M), Damian Lillard ($3.2M), Joel Freeland ($2.9M), Meyers Leonard ($2.2M), Victor Claver ($1.3M), Will Barton ($0.8M).

Team option: Aleksandar Pavlovic ($1.4M).

Restricted free agent: Eric Maynor ($3.4M).

Unrestricted free agent: JJ Hickson, Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams, Nolan Smith.

Outlook: Portland had a solid starting lineup but a weak bench in 2012-13. With already $60 million dedicated to salary next season, depth doesn’t figure to get much better.




2013-14 commitments: $37.7M

Under contract: Kevin Love ($14.7M), Derrick Williams ($5.0M), J.J. Barea ($4.7M), Luke Ridnour ($4.3M), Ricky Rubio ($4.0M), Alexey Shved ($3.1M), Malcolm Lee ($0.9M), Chris Johnson ($0.9M).

Player option: Andrei Kirilenko ($10.2M).

Restricted free agent: Nikola Pekovic ($6.0M).

Team option: Greg Stiemsma ($2.7M), Dante Cunningham ($2.2M), Mickael Gelabale ($0.9M).

Unrestricted free agent: Chase Budinger, Chris Johnson.

Outlook:Minnesota has some money to spend and will need it to keep Pekovic.




2013-14 commitments: $42.0M

Under contract: Marcus Thornton ($8.1M), John Salmons ($7.6m), Chuck Hayes ($5.7M), Jason Thompson ($5.6M), DeMarcus Cousins ($4.9M), Patrick Patterson ($3.1M), Travis Outlaw ($3.0M), Jimmer Fredette ($2.4M), Isaiah Thomas ($0.9M).

Restricted free agent: Tyreke Evans ($6.9M), James Johnson ($4.0M), Toney Douglas ($3.1M).

Unrestricted free agent: Cole Aldrich.

Outlook:Sacramento’s plan seemed to be focused on keeping the team in town, not doing something with it.




2013-14 commitments: $34.0M

Under contract: Eric Gordon ($14.3M), Ryan Anderson ($8.3M), Anthony Davis ($5.4M), Austin Rivers ($2.4M), Greivis Vasquez ($2.2M).

Team option: Robin Lopez ($5.1M), Jason Smith ($2.5M), Lance Thomas ($0.9M), Terrel Harris ($0.9M), Darius Miller ($0.8M), Brian Roberts ($0.8M).

Unrestricted free agent: Al-Farouq Aminu, Xavier Henry, Roger Mason, Louis Amundson, Terrel Harris.

Outlook: Money to burn.




2013-14 commitments: $44.4M

Under contract: Marcin Gortat ($7.7M), Goran Dragic ($7.5M), Channing Frye ($6.4M), Michael Beasley ($6.0M), Luis Scola ($4.5M), Jared Dudley ($4.3M), Markieff Morris ($2.1M), Marcus Morris ($2.0M), Kendall Marshall ($2.0M).

Team option: Shannon Brown ($3.5M), Hamed Haddadi ($1.4M), PJ Tucker ($0.9M).

Restricted free agent: Diante Garrett ($1.0M).

Unrestricted free agents: Wesley Johnson, Jermaine O’Neal.

Outlook: Who is responsible for having this much money committed to this little talent?



by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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