NBA Free Agency 2014: Financial Health Report for Every NBA Team

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistMay 29, 2014

NBA Free Agency 2014: Financial Health Report for Every NBA Team

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    Money matters. 

    Even though the NBA's best players decide who wins championships, the flow of cash decides which uniforms those studs put on during any given season. There are a few players who put loyalty above all else, but the Association is still a business. 

    And that's why it's absolutely vital that you remain aware of your team's financial situation heading into the offseason. I'm not just talking about having a general feel for how much money the franchise has committed, but also getting into the nitty-gritty details. 

    In order to break down each team's financial health, I'll be looking at the remaining contracts that are on the books for the 2014-15 season, the expiring deals, any and all player and team options, the non-guaranteed deals and everything else that could possibly come up. 

    No two teams are in identical situations, after all. That's true even if both squads have exactly the same amount of cap space.  

    Take two teams (Team A and Team B) with $20 million of cap space at their disposal heading into the 2014 offseason. Both are well off, right?

    Well, what if Team A has three All-Stars on the roster and Team B doesn't have one within sniffing distance of the midseason classic? All of a sudden, Team A has much better financial health, even if the numbers are identical. 

    So money matters, but context matters too. 

    It's also worth noting that the salary-cap and luxury-tax thresholds are being projected at $63.2 and $77 million, respectively. Those figures come from Larry Coon, the master all things dealing with the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, via's Eric Pincus.


    Note: All salary information comes from

Free-Agency Glossary

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    In case you aren't completely up to date with all the technical verbiage that surrounds offseason moves—and don't feel even remotely bad if you're lagging behind—we've got a handy-dandy glossary for you to use as a refresher. 

    Remember, these are only general summaries of the terms. For more detailed information, check out Larry Coon's FAQ on the collective bargaining agreement or my simplified breakdown of that same CBA. 


    Restricted Free Agency: When a player hits restricted free agency, any team can offer him a contract. If he signs that offer sheet, the team he last played for has a chance to match that contract (known as the "right of first refusal") and keep him for its duration.

    Unrestricted Free Agency: An unrestricted free agent can sign with any team, so long as it has the cap space necessary to give him a contract. The team previously employing him has no opportunity to control him unless he voluntarily chooses to come back. 

    Salary Cap: When a team is operating below the salary cap, it can sign any free agent. When it's over the cap, a team can only retain its own players or use cap exceptions (check out those links up above for details) in order to get around the limitations. 

    Luxury-Tax Threshold: The same rules apply when a team is above the luxury-tax threshold as when a team is over the salary cap, but there's one crucial difference. Penalties are imposed for each dollar over the threshold, which can weigh heavily on the minds of team owners.  

    Player Option: When a contract contains a player option, the player has all the power. He can choose to exercise the option and remain with the team for the allotted sum, or he can opt out of the deal and hit unrestricted free agency a year earlier. 

    Team Option: Essentially the opposite of a player option, a team option puts the power into the hands of the franchise. After using the rest of the contract as an evaluation period, it can choose whether to pay the player the expected salary or let him go as an unrestricted free agent. 

    Non-Guaranteed Salary: When players aren't exactly sure things, they can often be given non-guaranteed salaries for one or more years. If they aren't waived before a specified date (which varies, depending on the player), the contract becomes guaranteed. If they are, only the guaranteed portion is owed. 

    Bird Rights: This is far more complicated, and I'll self-servingly refer to my own guide for more details, but Bird Rights essentially allow a team to go over the salary cap in order to retain a free agent coming from its own roster. 

    Cap Hold: Another complicated nuance of the salary cap—this time, Coon is the man for more details—cap holds are meant to prevent teams from signing marquee free agents before using Bird Rights to re-sign their own players. They can be placed on draft picks, upcoming free agents and more. 

Atlanta Hawks

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    Money Committed: $47,057,817

    Contracts Expiring: Gustavo Ayon (restricted), Elton Brand (unrestricted), Shelvin Mack (restricted), Cartier Martin (unrestricted), Mike Scott (restricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Pero Antic ($1,250,000, fully unguaranteed), Mike Muscala ($816,482, guaranteed for $408,241)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $48,716,058 

    The Atlanta Hawks are in fantastic shape moving forward, especially because so many of the current contracts are intentionally tradable assets. Even if general manager Danny Ferry doesn't swing a single one of them in an offseason deal, he's used financial responsibility to create his squad.

    Atlanta will presumably pick up the two non-guaranteed salaries, seeing as the two rookie big men can still play sizable roles moving forward. And even after that, there's plenty of money left to spend. Some of it will likely be used to bring back Mike Scott and maybe Shelvin Mack, though the team could also count on development from Dennis Schroeder, the German point guard with a remarkably high ceiling who failed to earn much playing time during his rookie season. 

    Chances are, Atlanta will have a good deal of money to spend this offseason and won't use all of it, simply because there aren't any big-name players who will both be interested in Atlanta and mesh with the current roster.

    Ferry will have plenty of cap space, even after matching offers for Scott and Mack, but this team is still being built for the long term. The biggest changes will come from the first-round pick and the potential arrival of Lucas Nogueira, a Brazilian big man whom the Hawks spent the No. 16 pick on in the 2013 NBA draft. 

Boston Celtics

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    Money Committed: $44,705,226

    Contracts Expiring: Jerryd Bayless (unrestricted), Avery Bradley (restricted), Kris Humphries (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Joel Anthony ($3,800,000)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Chris Babb ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Keith Bogans ($5,285,817, fully unguaranteed), Chris Johnson ($915,243, fully unguaranteed), Phil Pressey ($816,482, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $56,339,250 

    Given the pieces that the Boston Celtics already have in place, this team should have far more money to play around with. 

    Even after getting rid of Keith Bogans' overpriced contract, the squad will only barely be able to offer eight figures to any free agent, essentially eliminating the chances of going after any marquee players available to snatch up from the open market. And that's assuming the C's just let Jerryd Bayless, Avery Bradley and Kris Humphries walk, which they shouldn't. 

    The problem is paying over $10 million to Gerald Wallace, handing Jeff Green just north of $9 million and giving Brandon Bass another $6.9 million. Just between that trio, Boston is on the hook for a little bit more than $26.2 million, which is a ridiculous sum for players of that quality. 

    Is it any wonder Boston will be trying to trade Green's contract this offseason? He's the only one of the three that's actually movable, given the combination of skill and salary. 

    Regardless of where Green begins the 2014-15 season, Boston's roster is only going to be altered in any major ways through the draft and via trades. 

Brooklyn Nets

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    Money Committed: $85,075,418

    Contracts Expiring: Jason Collins (unrestricted), Shaun Livingston (unrestricted), Paul Pierce (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Alan Anderson ($1,063,384), Andray Blatche ($1,437,506), Andrei Kirilenko ($3,326,235)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Jorge Gutierrez ($816,482, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $91,719,025 


    The Brooklyn Nets are over the projected luxury tax even if Jorge Gutierrez is released, Alan Anderson, Andray Blatche and Andrei Kirilenko all decline to pick up their player options, and the team lets go of Jason Collins, Shaun Livingston and Paul Pierce. 


    That means that with only Joe Johnson, Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Kevin Garnett (who might retire and clear some things up, but not enough to push the Nets more than $4 million below the luxury threshold), Marcus Thornton, Mirza Teletovic, Mason Plumlee and Marquis Teague, the Nets are already more than capped out.

    Let's assume KG keeps playing. That makes for a starting lineup of D-Will, Thornton, Johnson, Garnett and Lopez with a bench led by Teletovic, Plumlee and Teague. And while that might sound like a solid core, Brooklyn has no draft picks and can only acquire players via Bird Rights, veteran minimums and exceptions allotted by the collective bargaining agreement.

    Once more...yikes.  

Charlotte Hornets

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    Money Committed: $41,156,697

    Contracts Expiring: Chris Douglas-Roberts (unrestricted), Jannero Pargo (unrestricted), Luke Ridnour (unrestricted), Anthony Tolliver (unrestricted), D.J. White (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Josh McRoberts ($2,771,340)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Jeffrey Taylor ($915,243, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $44,843,280 

    Al Jefferson is really the only expensive player on this roster, as he checks in with a 2014-15 salary of $13.5 million. The next-highest figure is $6 million, and it belongs to Gerald Henderson. 

    Thanks to the bargain-laden makeup of this roster, the Charlotte Bobcats Hornets are in prime shape to make their first year with a new name all the more successful. Head coach Steve Clifford has already built a great defensive scheme during his one season in charge, and he'll likely have another tool to work with, seeing as Charlotte is becoming a more credible free-agency destination and has plenty of cap space. 

    There's no way Jeffrey Taylor is going anywhere, injuries be damned, so the only question is whether Josh McRoberts chooses to stay. He fits in quite nicely with this Charlotte roster, but it would also be possible for him to make more money elsewhere. 

    Regardless of McRoberts' decision, though, Charlotte has plenty of cap space to spend re-signing shooters like Luke Ridnour and bringing in fresh faces to help spread the court for Jefferson's work from the left block and the penetration of guards like Kemba Walker. 

Chicago Bulls

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    Money Committed: $63,003,593

    Contracts Expiring: D.J. Augustin (unrestricted), Jimmer Fredette (unrestricted), Kirk Hinrich (unrestricted), Nazr Mohammed (unrestricted), Tornike Shengelia (restricted), Greg Smith (restricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: None

    Potential Maximum Committed: $63,003,593 

    "Despite general manager Gar Forman insisting that a decision to seek amnesty on the last season of [Carlos] Boozer's contract 'doesn't have to be made until July,' sources indicated at the end of the Bulls' season that a decision already had been made and that Boozer wouldn't be returning," reports Joe Cowley for the Chicago Sun-Times. 

    The decision to amnesty Boozer only helps clear up the Chicago Bulls' financial situation, assuming that Cowley's sources are correct. Should the big man be cut in this manner, Chicago will be relieved of his ridiculous $16.8 million salary for 2014-15, though it's left paying the difference between that and his future salary with a new team. That difference is still owed to Booz; it just doesn't show up on the books. 

    So, let's assume that Boozer is amnestied. All of a sudden, Chicago is looking at being on the hook for slightly over $46 million, which gives the team almost a max contract to play with. 

    Could that be used to bring someone like Carmelo Anthony to the Windy City? Sure. 

    But it could also be used to sign Nikola Mirotic and get him across the pond, then to re-sign D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich. And after that, there would likely still be just enough money to make one more roster upgrade before banking on Derrick Rose's return to 100 percent. 

Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Money Committed: $36,189,162

    Contracts Expiring: Luol Deng (unrestricted), Spencer Hawes (unrestricted), C.J. Miles (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Matthew Dellavedova ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Alonzo Gee ($3,000,000, fully unguaranteed), Anderson Varejao ($9,704,545, guaranteed for $4,000,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $45,710,189 

    Few teams have more important decisions to make this upcoming offseason than the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

    Dealing with their non-guaranteed salaries is pretty easy, as each of the three players in that category should absolutely be brought back. While cutting Alonzo Gee and Anderson Varejao could save the franchise almost $9 million, it's worth keeping them on the roster as quality rotation members. 

    But it's the unrestricted free agents who are more confusing. 

    The Cavs won't have much more money to spend if they re-sign both Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes—C.J. Miles is more of an afterthought, especially if the No. 1 pick is used on either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker—but it's hard to imagine them landing higher-quality players. Whether Cavs fans like it or not, Cleveland isn't exactly a hot free-agent destination at the moment, even if the roster is brimming over with potential and really should be a playoff squad in 2014-15. 

    Of course, there's the LeBron James question. 

    Relying on him returning is foolish, especially while Dan Gilbert is still the owner of this downtrodden franchise, but it is possible to make it work from a financial standpoint. All it takes is letting the non-guaranteed salaries go, which frees up money but makes the roster significantly more threadbare. 

Dallas Mavericks

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    Money Committed: $28,267,575

    Contracts Expiring: DeJuan Blair (unrestricted), Vince Carter (unrestricted), Devin Harris (unrestricted), Bernard James (restricted), Shawn Marion (unrestricted), Dirk Nowitzki (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: Jae Crowder ($915,243)

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Samuel Dalembert ($3,867,282, guaranteed for $1,800,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $31,250,100 

    A lot revolves around the desires of Dirk Nowitzki. 

    The legendary big man is an unrestricted free agent during the 2014 offseason, but it would be rather foolish to expect him to leave the Dallas Mavericks for a new destination. That's not up in the air; how much he signs for, though, is. 

    "In the summer I will be free agent and likely extend the contract for two or three years" the German 7-footer told Sport1 in an interview back in January, via CBS Sports' Zach Harper. "As long as the body supports me, it is still fun to play basketball. After the new contract I will be 38 or 39 and I will probably stop."

    OK, but for how much? 

    Dirk could easily justify taking a Kobe Bryant-esque salary that reaches $20 million per year, but he could also give Dallas a hometown discount and sign for right around $10 million per season, just as Tim Duncan recently did for the San Antonio Spurs. I'd bet on the latter, though nothing is set in stone. 

    If Nowitzki is on board for $10 million, picking up the contracts of Samuel Dalembert and Jae Crowder leaves the team at right around $41 million in committed money. That's enough room to go after a max-contract player, though doing so probably means giving up on Vince Carter and/or Shawn Marion, depending on how much they're asking for. 

    Dallas, just as always seems to be the case, is going to be a constant source of rumors throughout the offseason thanks to all the free money. 

Denver Nuggets

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    Money Committed: $59,199,066

    Contracts Expiring: Aaron Brooks (unrestricted), Jan Vesely (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Darrell Arthur ($3,457,149), Nate Robinson ($2,106,720)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Quincy Miller ($915,243, guaranteed for $150,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $65,528,178

    Unless general manager Tim Connelly decides to start wheeling and dealing, the Denver Nuggets won't be a constant source of headlines during the offseason. The headline-grabbers will be contract talks between Kenneth Faried and the franchise that drafted him, as well as how the Nuggets will use their lottery pick in the loaded 2014 draft. 

    Other than that, this team is pretty much capped out. 

    Bringing back Quincy Miller on his rookie-scale deal makes sense, and it appears likely that both Darrell Arthur and Nate Robinson will pick up their player options. The former is a prominent voice in the locker room, and the latter has already told Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post that he plans on returning to the Mile High City. 

    If all that happens, the Nuggets will be capped out once they sign their first-round draft pick, leaving them with just one more decision to make. Will they bring back Aaron Brooks or find another point guard on a minimum contract? So long as Robinson fully recovers from his ACL tear, that won't even matter too much. 

    Denver might not have much money to spend this offseason, but the team is still rather loaded. Don't make the mistake of thinking the disappointing 2013-14 season was a sign for the future, as injuries wreaked havoc on the lineup throughout the year, derailing one of the Association's deeper teams. 

Detroit Pistons

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    Money Committed: $33,413,230

    Contracts Expiring: Greg Monroe (restricted), Rodney Stuckey (unrestricted), Charlie Villanueva (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Jonas Jerebko ($4,500,000)

    Team Options: Chauncey Billups ($2,500,000)

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Josh Harrellson ($948,163, fully unguaranteed), Peyton Siva ($816,482, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $42,177,875 

    Breathe a sigh of relief, Detroit Pistons fans. 

    After years of waiting, the contract of Charlie Villanueva is finally coming off the books. Unfortunately, so too are those of Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe, who remains one of the most fascinating figures of the upcoming offseason.

    The man they call "Moose" is a borderline elite big man, but he's a restricted free agent coming off a year filled with regression. Granted, that regression occurred largely because Detroit asked him to play out of position, which makes things even more interesting. After all, the Pistons could match any offer sheet and keep him at power forward for a few more years. 

    On top of that, new head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy will likely be looking into trading either Brandon Jennings or Josh Smith, both of whom are rather overpaid—more Smoove than Jennings in that regard, though. 

    Detroit hasn't exactly been a free-agent hotbed, but SVG can attempt to change that this offseason with some savvy maneuvering. After all, there's enough money to go after just about anyone. 

Golden State Warriors

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    Money Committed: $63,970,632

    Contracts Expiring: Steve Blake (unrestricted), Jordan Crawford (restricted), Jermaine O'Neal (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Draymond Green ($915,243, guaranteed for $250,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $64,635,875 

    The Golden State Warriors basically don't have any decisions to make with their current roster. 

    Draymond Green is working with a non-guaranteed salary, but it would be absolutely idiotic to let such a talented player walk, especially when he's owed less than $1 million for the 2014-15 campaign.

    This is a "duh" situation. 

    Once Green is officially retained, the Dubs will be pressed right up against the cap, leaving them pursuing veterans and their own free agents. Jordan Crawford is an interesting one, as he's undeniably talented and won't be that expensive, but also didn't mesh too well with the rest of the Golden State roster during his brief time there. 

    Could he gain comfort over the offseason? Sure, but Golden State can't afford to have a weak bench once more, especially as new head coach Steve Kerr looks to get off to a strong start. 

    The 2013 offseason was a fun one for Golden State, as it was a central figure in the Dwight Howard pursuit and landed Andre Iguodala after making a number of trades to clear cap space. This summer will be significantly more boring, as the roster is pretty much already locked into place, save a few bench pieces. 

Houston Rockets

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    Money Committed: $56,983,489

    Contracts Expiring: Jordan Hamilton (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Francisco Garcia ($1,316,809)

    Team Options: Troy Daniels ($816,482), Chandler Parsons ($964,750)

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Patrick Beverley ($915,243, fully unguaranteed), Omri Casspi ($1,063,384, fully unguaranteed), Robert Covington ($816,482, guaranteed for $150,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $62,726,639 

    The Houston Rockets may choose to let Omri Casspi and Robert Covington walk, but it's absolutely impossible that Patrick Beverley and Chandler Parsons don't make it back onto the roster for next season. Parsons in particular will be arguably the biggest bargain in basketball, given his talent and rookie-scale contract. 

    I'd say that the Rockets are another team whose roster seems rather locked and loaded for the next season, but that would be discrediting general manager Daryl Morey. 

    He's a man after Foreigner's collective heart, because he's always got stars in his eyes. But instead of looking to become a "Jukebox Hero," Morey is trying to become a team-building one by leveraging the tradable assets on his roster for one more star. 

    You know, like Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love. 

    Houston is in solid financial shape, not because it has plenty of money to spend, but because it already has a high-quality roster filled with great players who can still be moved for the purpose of further upgrading. There's not much to complain about here, especially since Dwight Howard and James Harden will only be more comfortable with one another in Year 2 of the D12 era. 

Indiana Pacers

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    Money Committed: $60,055,974

    Contracts Expiring: Lavoy Allen (restricted), Rasual Butler (unrestricted), Lance Stephenson (unrestricted), Evan Turner (restricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Luis Scola ($4,868,499, guaranteed for $940,946), Donald Sloan ($948,163, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $64,931,690 

    The Indiana Pacers are not in a good spot. 

    This is a franchise staunchly opposed to going into the luxury tax, and, as you might recall, the threshold for next season is projected at $77 million. Because of that fiscal limitation, the Pacers are inevitably going to be left making tough decisions, and they all center around Lance Stephenson. 

    Thanks to his breakout season, which continued into the playoffs, "Born Ready" is going to be one of the more coveted players on the open market. It would be shocking if he commanded anything less than eight figures, and his worth could rise as high as $12 or $13 million if a team gets particularly aggressive. 

    Indiana can't afford to lose him, but it might also be unable to afford signing him. Sure, there's enough money to match a $12 million offer and bring him back, but think about what that means. Doing that and letting go of Luis Scola and Donald Sloan would mean sitting at $72 million with only nine players on the roster.

    The Pacers would be left filling the roster with D-League players in order stay below the threshold, and even that might still be tough. After all, those nine players would be Stephenson, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, David West, George Hill, Ian Mahinmi, Chris Copeland, Solomon Hill and C.J. Watson. 

    Does anyone think this team is winning a championship with the same group of starters and an even weaker bench? 

    Of course, the alternative is bringing back Scola, letting Stephenson go and figuring out how to hypnotize free agents into signing for ridiculously low deals. It's also worth noting that you might as well forget about Evan Turner at this point. 

    There aren't any good solutions unless Stephenson spurns bigger contracts to remain in Indianapolis, which is quite hard to see him doing. 

Los Angeles Clippers

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    Money Committed: $66,322,769

    Contracts Expiring: Ryan Hollins (unrestricted), Hedo Turkoglu (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Darren Collison ($1,985,500), Glen Davis ($1,227,985), Danny Granger ($1,316,809)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Jamal Crawford ($5,450,000, guaranteed for $1,500,000), Willie Green ($1,448,490, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $76,251,553 

    The Los Angeles Clippers may be capped out heading into the offseason, but they're already going to be in fantastic shape. 

    Neither Ryan Hollins nor Hedo Turkoglu was a key contributor during the 2013-14 campaign, so it's unlikely that any member of the front office is going to be particularly choked up if another team steals one of them away. The guys with player options are slightly more important, though. 

    Danny Granger will probably opt out and make more money elsewhere, especially if he feels confident in his health. Glen Davis should do the same thing, though he might realize that he'd benefit from continuing his NBA education under head coach Doc Rivers.

    Then there's Darren Collison, who's the trickiest of the bunch. 

    On one hand, Collison proved his value when he stepped up throughout the season, both without Chris Paul in the lineup and when coming off the bench as an offensive spark. But on the other hand, he's in a perfect situation with LAC and could justify making just shy of $2 million to keep showing off his skills in a system conducive to maximizing his talents. 

    That's the key question of the offseason for the Clippers, as there really isn't much movement necessary with this lineup. Of course, it would be beneficial to trade Jared Dudley for a second-round draft pick or a backup big man, but that's a discussion for another time and place. 

Los Angeles Lakers

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    Money Committed: $34,116,243

    Contracts Expiring: Kent Bazemore (restricted), MarShon Brooks (unrestricted), Jordan Farmar (unrestricted), Pau Gasol (unrestricted), Xavier Henry (unrestricted), Jordan Hill (unrestricted), Wesley Johnson (unrestricted), Chris Kaman (unrestricted), Ryan Kelly (restricted), Jodie Meeks (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Nick Young ($1,227,985)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Kendall Marshall ($915,243, level of guarantee unknown, assuming fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $36,259,471 

    Take a deep breath after reading everything up above, because it's a lot of information. 

    Before the free-agency proceedings begin, the Los Angeles Lakers have to figure out who exactly is on their roster. Kobe Bryant and Robert Sacre are guaranteed to find themselves there, but that's it.

    Kendall Marshall likely will be a part of the team, given his cheap rookie-scale contract, but it's not guaranteed. Nick Young has a reasonable player option but could seek more money elsewhere, especially because he'll have to learn to pass while playing with a healthy Mamba.

    Steve Nash could have the stretch provision used on him if he's not going to play again, and that decreases the guaranteed expenditures even further, though that's starting to feel increasingly unlikely. 

    Assuming Nash, Marshall and Young are all there for 2014-15, the Lakers will still have $27 million to spend before brushing up against the salary cap. The problem is, they'll only have five players under contract, have to account for the cap hold that comes with a lottery pick and need to figure out how they'll preserve financial flexibility for the much more important summer of 2015. 

    Much as it may pain Lakers fans to hear this, don't expect too many marquee moves this offseason. The Lakers will likely re-sign a number of their own role players, add other guys on one-year deals and continue planning for the 2015-16 season without completely giving up on the one that comes just prior. 

Memphis Grizzlies

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    Money Committed: $48,980,360

    Contracts Expiring: Ed Davis (restricted), James Johnson (unrestricted), Mike Miller (unrestricted), Beno Udrih (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Zach Randolph ($16,938,333)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Nick Calathes ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Kosta Koufos ($3,000,000, guaranteed for $500,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $69,235,175 

    Will Zach Randolph pick up his player option? 

    He could make nearly $17 million during the 2014-15 season, but that would leave him hitting free agency when he's 34 years old, significantly limiting his earning potential. It might be better for him to opt out and either seek a new location (unlikely) or sign a contract extension with the Memphis, which would presumably decrease how much he's owed this coming season. 

    Either way, Z-Bo should be back, as Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski makes quite clear:

    Randolph, 32, has until June 30 to trigger a $16.5 million player option on the final season of his contract and already had begun preliminary discussions on a long-term extension with Memphis, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    Randolph is an extremely popular figure in the Memphis community, and has expressed a strong desire to finish his career in the city where his NBA career has truly blossomed.

    Randolph has talked directly with Pera in the past week and he and his agent Raymond Brothers sensed a serious commitment to keep Randolph in Memphis with a new deal.

    Most likely, Memphis will also retain the services of Nick Calathes and Kosta Koufos. 

    This is another franchise that won't change much during the offseason, barring any unforeseen trades. The key pieces are still going to be in place, and there's not enough money to do much more than pursue the expiring contracts who were already playing home games in the FedExForum. 

    Memphis will still have that "grit'n'grind" mentality next year. Don't you worry about that, even if the management is in all sorts of turmoil.

Miami Heat

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    Money Committed: $2,038,206

    Contracts Expiring: Ray Allen (unrestricted), Shane Battier (unrestricted), Michael Beasley (unrestricted), Mario Chalmers (unrestricted), Toney Douglas (unrestricted), James Jones (unrestricted), Rashard Lewis (unrestricted), Greg Oden (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Chris Andersen ($1,448,490), Chris Bosh ($20,590,000, early termination option), Udonis Haslem ($4,620,000), LeBron James ($20,590,000, early termination option), Dwyane Wade ($20,164,000, early termination option)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Justin Hamilton ($816,482, level of guarantee unknown, assuming fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $70,267,178 

    The Miami Heat could potentially go into the offseason with only Norris Cole on the roster. That would require letting go of Justin Hamilton (possible), having Chris Andersen decline his player option (unlikely), having Udonis Haslem forgo his final year (even more unlikely) and then watching as the Big Three all opt out. 

    So basically, the Heat will have more than $2 million committed. 

    The big question here revolves around LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Could they opt out of their massive contracts and flee South Beach for a team with a better long-term future? Would LeBron really go back to Cleveland or take his talents to Los Angeles? 

    Of course, there's also a chance that the Big Three go for a different route.

    What if they all opted out and then re-signed for far less money. Say...$14 million apiece. If that's the case, Miami could re-sign all key free agents and end up having enough money to bring in another quality contributor. 

    Quite frankly, that should be considered more likely than having LeBron leave town at this point in the proceedings. 

Milwaukee Bucks

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    Money Committed: $45,080,919

    Contracts Expiring: Jeff Adrien (unrestricted), Ramon Sessions (unrestricted), Ekpe Udoh (restricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Khris Middleton ($915,243, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $45,996,162 

    Financially, the Milwaukee Bucks have to be licking their chops. 

    Even though Larry Sanders' extension kicks in next year, Ersan Ilyasova has yet to live up to his contract and O.J. Mayo appears to be massively overpaid after submitting such a lackluster 2013-14 campaign, this franchise still has plenty of room to work with. 

    Khris Middleton will absolutely be brought back for less than $1 million, and that still gives Milwaukee over $17 million to work with. Some will be used to sign the team's lottery pick. Some will be used to bring back Ekpe Udoh and/or some of the other expiring contracts. Enough will be left over to make a free-agency splash. 

    The problem is, Milwaukee will have to convince a quality player to join its cause. And how is that going to happen after this team has been downtrodden for a little while and doesn't routinely fill up the home arena?

    There isn't much appeal here until the young players start developing. 

    Nonetheless, the Bucks are in great financial shape, both now and deep into the future. 

Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Money Committed: $66,044,114

    Contracts Expiring: Dante Cunningham (unrestricted), Robbie Hummel (restricted), A.J. Price (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: None

    Potential Maximum Committed: $66,044,114 

    The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the rare teams who have no flexibility whatsoever before free agents are hitting the open market and the moratorium is officially lifted. That said, Kevin Love could quickly change that if he's traded for a haul of players and draft picks who don't add up to his current salary.

    But right now, there are no player options. There are no team options. Everyone has a guaranteed salary or is becoming a free agent. 

    Nice and simple, right? 

    Well, simple. But I'm not so sure the 'Wolves think it's nice, seeing as they're already over the salary cap, only have Bird Rights for a few mediocre players who might fill in the back end of the rotation and don't get to pick until No. 13 in the 2014 NBA draft. 

    The positive here is that Minnesota already has each and every one of its key pieces signed, whether we're talking about Love, Ricky Rubio, Nikola Pekovic, Kevin Martin or virtually anyone else. The negative is the limited upside, as rim protection and point guard scoring both pose problems for a team that seems doomed to keep miring away in mediocrity against the Western Conference competition. 

    It's time to make some trades here, as that's just about the only way to actually upgrade the roster, which is sorely needed. 

    Then again, all of this could become completely irrelevant if Love is dealt. 

New Orleans Pelicans

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    Money Committed: $54,088,513

    Contracts Expiring: Al-Farouq Aminu (unrestricted), Darius Miller (restricted), Brian Roberts (restricted), Jason Smith (unrestricted), Greg Stiemsma (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Anthony Morrow ($1,145,685)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Luke Babbitt ($981,084), Jeff Withey ($816,482, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $57,031,764 

    The New Orleans Pelicans can't be thrilled with the ridiculous contracts owned by Eric Gordon ($14.9 million in 2014-15) and Tyreke Evans ($11.3 million), but the franchise has to be excited to see what can happen if everyone stays healthy. 

    After all, the plan was always to have Jrue Holiday, Gordon, Evans, Ryan Anderson and Anthony Davis on the court at the same time. But want to guess how much time that group spent together during the 2013-14 campaign? 


    If you guessed 90 minutes, then you're right on the money, per To put that in perspective, the Portland Trail Blazers' starting five spent slightly more than 1,370 minutes on the court together. 

    That's why the lack of financial flexibility isn't a huge deal in NOLA. 

    Sure, the team will be just about capped out if it retains the services of the five free agents. But it'll also be adding in some quality rookies while re-integrating both Holiday and Anderson into a lineup that will feature a certain unibrowed player who could very well make a run at MVP if his team exceeds expectations. 

    Consider this one of those weird situations where the lack of money isn't really problematic for a team that had a rather weak record during the previous season. 

New York Knicks

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    Money Committed: $29,903,532

    Contracts Expiring: Cole Aldrich (unrestricted), Kenyon Martin (unrestricted), Tour'e Murry (restricted)

    Player Options: Carmelo Anthony ($23,333,405, early termination option), Andrea Bargnani ($11,500,000 early termination option), Amar'e Stoudemire ($23,410,988, early termination option)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Shannon Brown ($1,310,286, fully unguaranteed), Jeremy Tyler ($948,163, level of guarantee unknown, assuming fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $90,406,374 

    There are a few things we know with 100 percent certainty. 

    Tyson Chandler (making $14.6 million in 2014-15) is massively overpaid. Andrea Bargnani is undoubtedly choosing to avoid using his early termination option. Amar'e Stoudemire is doing the same thing. 

    Then there are things we can guess will happen with a high degree of probability. 

    Carmelo Anthony opting out of his contract is one of those, and that's where everything starts to get a bit uncertain. He'll hit the open market, sure, but is he doing so to re-sign with the New York Knicks on a cheaper deal, re-up for as much as possible while staying within the confines of Madison Square Garden or flee for a team with a brighter future? 

    Your guess is as good as mine at this point. 

    Regardless, the Knicks are in terrible financial shape. Even if Melo opts out and the team elects to let all non-guaranteed contracts lapse, it'll still be on the books for nearly $65 million once Bargnani and STAT elect to stay in New York. Unless the salary cap is magically raised much higher than expected, Anthony is the only marquee (potential) free agent who should be linked to this team. 

    There simply aren't any resources to lure anyone else in, although Phil Jackson's presence in the front office should help make some veterans think about minimum contracts. 

Oklahoma City Thunder

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    Money Committed: $67,592,441

    Contracts Expiring: Caron Butler (unrestricted), Derek Fisher (unrestricted), Thabo Sefolosha (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Hasheem Thabeet ($1,250,000, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $68,842,441 

    No matter what the Oklahoma City Thunder elect to do with Hasheem Thabeet, they're going to be capped out. 

    That's the problem with rostering Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka, who will combine to make just about $47 million during the 2014-15 campaign. Of course, having Kendrick Perkins on the books for just shy of eight figures doesn't help the matter...

    OKC might not have much money to spend, but does it need any?

    The team can re-sign Caron Butler and Thabo Sefolosha, then count on the arrival of the No. 21 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. And that's saying nothing of the expected internal improvement, as Steven Adams, Jeremy Lamb, Reggie Jackson, Perry Jones III and Andre Roberson haven't come close to reaching their full potential. 

    Then again, have Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka reached theirs? 

    The Thunder are in superb shape heading into the offseason, even if they don't have any money to show off once the moratorium lifts. 

Orlando Magic

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    Money Committed: $33,448,634

    Contracts Expiring: E'Twaun Moore ($1,148,163)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Dewayne Dedmon ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Doron Lamb ($915,243, fully unguaranteed), Jason Maxiell ($2,500,000, fully unguaranteed), Jameer Nelson ($8,000,000, guaranteed for $2,000,000), Kyle O'Quinn ($915,243, fully unguaranteed), Ronnie Price ($1,316,809, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $45,912,421 

    The Orlando Magic could commit to their youth movement by cutting ties with Jameer Nelson and saving themselves the $6 million on his contract that isn't guaranteed, but doing so would be stupid. Every team needs a veteran leader, and Nelson still has some quality point guard play left in the tank. 

    If anything, it's likely that Orlando drafts Dante Exum at No. 4 then lets him learn from the 32-year-old floor general before his contract expires. This would give general manager Rob Hennigan a chance to move on. 

    Everything else is tricky, because it's entirely conceivable that the Magic bring back everyone while adding even more young parts in the draft. 

    There's money to make a sizable move, though not quite on the level of a max contract if the unguaranteed deals become guaranteed, but that doesn't seem to be Hennigan's style. Instead of just going for everything in one fell swoop—which wouldn't make sense given the inherent youth of this roster—he's consistently chosen to rebuild slowly and smartly. 

    That likely continues this offseason, which means Orlando won't have to sweat out the possibility of paying the luxury tax while remaining in the lottery. 

Philadelphia 76ers

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    Money Committed: $17,372,269

    Contracts Expiring: None

    Player Options: Byron Mullens ($1,063,384), Jason Richardson ($6,601,125)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: James Anderson ($981,084, fully unguaranteed), Brandon Davies ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Henry Sims ($915,243, fully unguaranteed), Hollis Thompson ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Jarvis Varnado ($915,243, level of guarantee unknown, assuming fully unguaranteed), Elliot Williams ($981,084, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $30,462,396 

    The Philadelphia 76ers have to be thrilled with the rebuilding effort that general manager Sam Hinkie is leading. 

    This was an awful team last year—one that lost 26 games in a row during the closing portion of the season—but the turnaround is going to be both swift and successful. Not only do the Sixers have two top-10 picks in a loaded draft, but they're also adding Nerlens Noel to the fold now that he's all the way healed from the ACL tear he suffered while at Kentucky. 

    Philly's projected expenditures fall in between the money committed and the potential maximum, as there's no chance the team elects to bring back all players with non-guaranteed salaries. It'd just end up sending some down to the D-League, as the incoming rookies are likely to be better.

    On top of that, the Sixers will have enough cap space to sign anyone. Even if they want to go after LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony, they'll have the finances to do so. 

    It's just a matter of actually making a convincing sales pitch. 

    Rest assured, though, even without the ability to draw in LeBron or Melo, Philly is going to be in great shape, both in terms of the roster and the finances. 

Phoenix Suns

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    Money Committed: $25,197,873

    Contracts Expiring: Eric Bledsoe (restricted), Emeka Okafor (unrestricted), P.J. Tucker (restricted)

    Player Options: Channing Frye ($6,800,000)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Dionte Christmas ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Shavlik Randolph ($1,227,985, fully unguaranteed), Ish Smith ($992,435, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $35,034,775 

    The Phoenix Suns almost have to match whatever offer sheets Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker sign during the offseason. Those two players—especially Bledsoe—are so important to the well-being of this team that the Suns can't afford to let either of them get away. 

    So while the potential maximum committed is a reasonable figure, Phoenix really doesn't have all that much flexibility. If they make around $20 million combined, the Suns are already starting to run out of room, especially when Ish Smith is brought back for just shy of $1 million. 

    After all, Phoenix has to remember that it has cap holds for the three first-round draft picks it enjoys in the 2014 NBA draft. Those are likely to be the only major additions to this roster, barring any sort of blockbuster trade that involves Kevin Love or another star player who can be attained primarily through parting ways with selections able to be used on June 26. 

    However, just as is the case for a few other teams, this isn't even remotely problematic. 

    Does Phoenix have much financial flexibility? No, not really. 

    But the Suns don't need it, given the youth of the roster. This team is only going to keep getting better, especially if the front office manages to hit on at least one of the first-round selections in this loaded draft class. 

Portland Trail Blazers

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    Money Committed: $61,280,580

    Contracts Expiring: Earl Watson (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Mo Williams ($2,771,340)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Will Barton ($915,243, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $62,195,823

    Why wouldn't the Portland Trail Blazers bring Will Barton back? 

    This team needs all the bench help it can get, and the 23-year-old shooting guard has flashed some nice upside when he's managed to get onto the court. He even scored 17 points during Rip City's one and only playoff victory over the San Antonio Spurs. 

    But the Mo Williams situation is a bit more complicated. Portland would presumably love for the backup point guard to opt into his contract and stay with the team for less than $3 million during the 2014-15 campaign, but that seems unlikely. 

    "I would like to be here long term," he told Comcast SportsNet's Chris Haynes back in January, while also revealing that he was planning on opting out of his current contract and then re-signing for a longer period of time. "My goal is to work something out with Portland this summer. I like it here, and I want to make this place home."

    That's fine. No problems long as Portland doesn't let him escape. 

    The Blazers can't count on going through the next season without any major injuries, as they stayed relatively healthy throughout the breakthrough campaign. Hell, the starters played over 1,300 minutes together during the regular season alone. 

    This squad has to figure out ways to upgrade its bench, and it's doing so without the ability to spend any money before brushing up against the salary cap. Thank goodness for CBA exceptions and minimum contracts, right?

Sacramento Kings

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    Money Committed: $47,031,882

    Contracts Expiring: Aaron Gray (unrestricted), Isaiah Thomas (restricted)

    Player Options: Rudy Gay ($19,317,326)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Quincy Acy ($915,243, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $67,264,451 

    It's all about Rudy Gay. 

    Keep in mind that the small forward was quite good once he joined the Sacramento Kings midway through the 2013-14 campaign. He actually ended up averaging 20.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game while shooting a scorching 48.2 percent from the field. 

    If he plays like that, he could easily justify his ability to make $19.3 million next season. 

    Gay's decision will determine the entire course of Sacramento's offseason. Opting in pushes the Kings over the salary cap, limiting their ability to do anything significant other than bringing back Isaiah Thomas by matching any offer sheet. But if Gay declines his player option and hits the open market, the Kings still won't have the luxury of too much free room, seeing as Thomas must remain a priority. 

    As B/R's Stephen Babb wrote, it's all about patience in Sac-Town: 

    Patience may be a tough sell for an organization that remains on the outside of the playoffs looking in, but it's as important part as any to building a winning formula. Head coach Mike Malone is only one season into installing his defensive philosophy, and a young core is still trying to find its way in an incredibly competitive Western Conference.

    This team will fundamentally be the same squad in 2014-15, assuming Gay returns, but it'll be better, given the expected improvements of the young guys on the roster (DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams, Ben McLemore, etc.).

    That's more useful than cap room anyway. 

San Antonio Spurs

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    Money Committed: $42,644,820

    Contracts Expiring: Aron Baynes (restricted), Matt Bonner (unrestricted), Boris Diaw (unrestricted), Patty Mills (unrestricted)

    Player Options: Tim Duncan ($10,000,000)

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Austin Daye ($1,063,384, guaranteed for $250,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $53,458,204 

    The only way Tim Duncan doesn't pick up that $10 million player option is if he chooses to retire during the aftermath of the postseason run, which would make things interesting for the San Antonio Spurs. Sure, the model franchise would figure out how to replace The Big Fundamental, but it would still leave the Spurs without the face of the franchise and featuring a severely weakened frontcourt. 

    Let's go through the two possible scenarios. 

    If Duncan sticks around for a swan song, San Antonio won't have that much money to spend—not after bringing back Boris Diaw and Patty Mills, at least. The Spurs will be going to war with the same core once more, just with a few small-scale signings designed to bolster the bench. 

    If Duncan calls it quits and pulls the plug on his legendary NBA career, though, the Spurs will be swimming in financial flexibility. They could go after a near-max player designed to replace Duncan, effectively reloading so that they can make the deep postseason run we've all become accustomed to. 

    Does either option sound like a bad one? 

    Neither should. 

Toronto Raptors

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    Money Committed: $39,273,626

    Contracts Expiring: Nando De Colo (restricted), Kyle Lowry (unrestricted), Patrick Patterson (restricted), Greivis Vasquez (restricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Dwight Buycks ($816,482, fully unguaranteed), Tyler Hansbrough ($3,326,235, guaranteed for $1,000,000), Amir Johnson ($7,000,000, guaranteed for $5,000,000), John Salmons ($7,000,000, guaranteed for $1,000,000), Julyan Stone ($948,163, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $51,364,506 

    Don't just look at that top number and get excited, Toronto Raptors fans. For that matter, don't get excited about the bottom one, either. 

    The Raptors have plenty of players operating on non-guaranteed contracts, and not every one of them is going to be allowed to walk away and hit the open market. John Salmons should, more because of money than skill, and Julyan Stone should join him.

    But that's it. 

    If Toronto does elect to bring back Dwight Buycks, Tyler Hansbrough and Amir Johnson, it's already looking at a monetary commitment of $44.4 million. And that's with a few notable free agents. 

    It would be shocking if general manager Masai Ujiri doesn't match any reasonable offer sheet for Patrick Patterson, and it's widely assumed that he's going to pursue Kyle Lowry rather heavily. 

    "Obviously we didn't do anything with Kyle [at the trade deadline] because we view him highly in this organization," Ujiri said in late February to the Toronto Sun's Mike Ganter. "I think Kyle is playing his part and we are going to stay on Kyle. I met with his agent yesterday and I think there is a good progress in Kyle's growth here."

    It should be telling that Lowry remained a Raptor throughout the year, and that he flat-out thrived. Even if it costs eight figures per year, he'll be back. 

    Of course, that limits the amount of extra expenditures the Canadian franchise can rack up during the offseason. In all likelihood, this roster will feature all the same prominent pieces, rely on internal growth and make a few below-the-radar signings. 

    Either that or Ujiri the trade wizard gets out his magic wand and fleeces someone other than the New York Knicks. 

Utah Jazz

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    Money Committed: $27,149,862

    Contracts Expiring: Andris Biedrins (unrestricted), Gordon Hayward (restricted), Richard Jefferson (unrestricted), Brandon Rush (unrestricted), Marvin Williams (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Ian Clark ($816,482), Diante Garrett ($915,243, fully unguaranteed), John Lucas III ($1,600,000, fully unguaranteed), Malcolm Thomas ($948,163, fully unguaranteed)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $31,429,750 

    Say hello to a team with plenty of money to spend. 

    Even if the Utah Jazz bring back all the non-guaranteed players and match a maximum offer sheet—projected around $14 million, given his lack of years at the professional level—for Gordon Hayward (which they likely won't have to do), they'll still have enough money to sign another marquee player.

    That's flexibility, in a nutshell. 

    Utah has been planning for this offseason for years. It was set to enjoy plenty of financial flexibility last offseason but instead took on expiring contracts from the Golden State Warriors in order to delay its foray into free-agent pursuits for another year.

    Now, everything looks even better. 

    The free-agent class won't be able to ignore Utah, simply because the Jazz can offer as much money as anyone. They'll end up emerging as a dark-horse candidate for quite a few sub-elite players, likely landing at least one veteran to upgrade a rather youthful lineup. 

    Between that and the expected improvement of Trey Burke, Alec Burks, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter, things are finally looking up in Salt Lake City. 

Washington Wizards

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    Money Committed: $43,458,760

    Contracts Expiring: Trevor Ariza (unrestricted), Trevor Booker (restricted), Drew Gooden (unrestricted), Marcin Gortat (unrestricted), Al Harrington (restricted), Kevin Seraphin (restricted), Chris Singleton (unrestricted), Garrett Temple (unrestricted)

    Player Options: None

    Team Options: None

    Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Andre Miller ($4,625,000, guaranteed for $2,000,000), Glen Rice ($816,482, guaranteed for $400,000)

    Potential Maximum Committed: $46,500,242 

    If the Washington Wizards hope to keep their core together for the 2014-15 season, they're going to have to shell out some big bucks. 

    Even if the team lets go of Andre Miller in order to save just over $2.6 million, it's not going to be able to bring back Trevor Ariza, Marcin Gortat and enough players to fill out the roster without going over the salary cap. There won't be any big additions to this squad as a result, merely ones who have already called the nation's capital home in the past. 

    Is that problematic? 

    Not really, as the youthful players are only improving. As good as John Wall and Bradley Beal were this season, they'll only continue getting better as they gain more NBA experience. Plus, Otto Porter and Glen Rice will likely become more valuable. 

    There isn't too much financial flexibility here because of the need to re-sign so many free agents who showed their value to the team rather consistently throughout the 2013-14 season, but that's fine with Washington.

    This squad is still looking quite good, after all.