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Let the NBA free agent wheeling, dealing begin
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On June 30, 2013 @ 11:45 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt , USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Hawks: General manager Danny Ferry had a major part of his plan centered on this summer. He signed a bunch of one-year deals last season, and Atlanta has more than $30 million to spend on free agents. Even if Ferry doesn’t get who he wants, he has to spend money. Starting with the 2013-14 season, teams must reach 90% of the salary cap on team payroll, and the cap is projected at $58.5 million.
Boston Celtics: Once the deal with the Brooklyn Nets becomes official, the Celtics will not have much money to spend on free agents. They are limited to using a few salary-cap exceptions but nothing that makes them a key player in free agency.
Brooklyn Nets: Same as the Celtics. Once the trade with Boston goes through, the Nets will be a high tax-paying team. They will have use of the taxpayer’s mid-level exception ($3.2 million). But Brooklyn is getting who it wanted.
Charlotte Bobcats: Charlotte will have money to spend, but it is also looking at considerable spending flexibility in the summer of 2014.
Chicago Bulls: The Bulls will be a taxpayer next year, limiting spending mainly to the tax-payer’s midlevel exception ($3.2 million).
Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs can spend in free agency (about $20 million), but that doesn’t mean they will go crazy. GM Chris Grant will continue to build the team in his vision: through the draft, trades and wise, judicious free agent signings.
Dallas Mavericks: The Mavericks planned for this offseason, just as the Hawks did, with several contracts that expired after the 2012-13 season. Dallas has approximately $18 million to spend in free agency, and it is interested in contending for another title.
Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets are limited to a few basic exceptions to the cap and are not expected to be major players, other than re-signing Andre Iguodala, who opted out of the final year of his contact.
Detroit Pistons: Detroit has considerable money (about $25 million) for free agency. The Pistons will have to spend some of that and are focused on perimeter players who can shoot and create their own shot. They’ll also look … [For more on Let the NBA free agent wheeling and dealing begin, click here.]
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