Players With Partial Guarantees

October 16 2013 at 3:40pm CST By Luke Adams

Our list of non-guaranteed contracts for 2013/14 includes not only players whose deals are fully non-guaranteed, but also those who have a partial guarantee on their contracts. If those players are waived by their respective teams, they’ll still receive a portion of their salaries, though the club won’t have to pay the entire amount.

In some cases, the partial guarantee on a player’s contract is fairly insignificant, and likely won’t have a huge effect on whether or not that player makes his team’s regular-season roster. For instance, if a camp invitee on a non-guaranteed deal is outplaying someone with a partial guarantee of $25K, a club isn’t likely to stick with that second player to recoup that $25K. Still, if all else is equal, a team would prefer to pay just one player, rather than two, so these partial guarantees are worth taking into account.

Based on the contract details reported to date, with assists from ShamSports and HoopsWorld, here are the players who have partial guarantees, along with the amount of that guarantee. These players are assumed to be on minimum-salary contracts unless otherwise indicated:

  • 76ers: Gani Lawal ($100K guaranteed), Darius Morris ($1.05MM salary; $200K guaranteed), Rodney Williams ($35K guaranteed)
  • Bobcats: Jannero Pargo ($300K guaranteed)
  • Bulls: Erik Murphy ($250K guaranteed)
  • Cavaliers: Andrew Bynum ($12.25MM salary; $6MM guaranteed), Matthew Dellavedova ($100K guaranteed)
  • Clippers: Brandon Davies ($50K guaranteed)
  • Hawks: Mike Scott ($100K guaranteed)
  • Jazz: Ian Clark ($200K guaranteed)
  • Kings: Trent Lockett ($35K guaranteed)
  • Knicks: C.J. Leslie ($200K guaranteed), Jeremy Tyler ($100K guaranteed)
  • Lakers: Elias Harris ($100K guaranteed), Shawne Williams ($100K guaranteed)
  • Magic: Hedo Turkoglu ($12MM salary; $6MM guaranteed)
  • Nuggets: Quincy Miller ($150K guaranteed)
  • Pelicans: Lance Thomas ($15K guaranteed)
  • Pistons: Josh Harrellson ($150K guaranteed), Peyton Siva ($150K guaranteed)
  • Rockets: Ronnie Brewer ($100K guaranteed), Reggie Williams ($474K guaranteed)
  • Thunder: Ryan Gomes ($50K guaranteed), Hasheem Thabeet ($1.2MM salary; $500K guaranteed)
  • Trail Blazers: Dee Bost ($25K guaranteed)
  • Warriors: Kent Bazemore ($25K guaranteed), Seth Curry ($75K guaranteed), DeWayne Dedmon ($25K guaranteed)

Keen observers will notice that the total number of players here doesn’t quite match up with the number of players with partial guarantees listed on our roster count page. On that page, the Sixers, Suns, and Trail Blazers all have additional partially guaranteed contracts listed. That’s because there are a handful of players who were reported to be in line for partial guarantees, but whose contract details have yet to be reported and confirmed. Here are those players:

  • 76ers: Vander Blue, Khalif Wyatt
  • Suns: Dionte Christmas
  • Trail Blazers: Richard Howell

Non-guaranteed and partially guaranteed contracts that aren’t released on or before January 7th, 2014, will become fully guaranteed for the season on January 10th. However, prior to that date, there are a few other checkpoints when certain players will receive partial guarantees, as our schedule shows. The following players will be guaranteed the partial amounts specified if they’re not waived on or before the listed dates:

  • October 29th: Trent Lockett (Kings): $100K (from $35K)
  • October 29th: Romero Osby (Magic): $100K
  • October 29th: Jarvis Varnado (Heat): $250K
  • October 30th: Ryan Gomes (Thunder): $75K (from $50K)
  • December 15th: Jarvis Varnado (Heat): $500K (from $250K)
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