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Available NBA Roster Spots Dwindling
Posted By Eric Pincus On August 18, 2013 @ 12:00 pm In Main Page,NBA | No Comments
With likely the last big dollar free agent signing (Nikola Pekovic with the Minnesota Timberwolves), the list of available impact players has thinned to scant numbers.
With 428 players already under contract, there may not be many spots left for free agency. The maximum count for 30 teams with 15 players apiece would be 450 — but many franchises stop at 14 or even 13 players.
Additionally, four spots will go to recent first-round picks, each likely to sign soon (including June’s top overall selection, Anthony Bennett of the Cleveland Cavaliers).
That doesn’t mean there are no remaining jobs to be had. About 37 under contract have either partially or non-guaranteed deals. About two dozen are likely to stick to at least October 29 when the 2013-14 NBA season begins, but another 13 spots may open.
Donte Greene, recently acquired by the Boston Celtics as their 15th player (from the Memphis Grizzlies for Fab Melo), may be a casualty of the luxury tax. Boston can waive his non-guaranteed contract to slide right under.
Both the Oklahoma City Thunder and Grizzlies are expected to make similar tax cuts. The Los Angeles Clippers are in range of getting under the tax, but they would need a small trade to get under the threshold.
The following table breaks down each team’s salary cap and tax positions, along with listing their available exceptions (not including trade exceptions):
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