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Teams Limited To Paying The Minimum Salary

Money dries up quickly in NBA free agency. Teams come to dozens of agreements within in the first two weeks of July, leaving little remaining cash for stragglers. That’s often why top restricted free agents remain on the table until late in the process, as teams hesitate to tie up cap room on an offer sheet that could end up being matched. Mid-tier veteran unrestricted free agents also feel the squeeze, as patience is often rewarded only with a shrinking pool of options.

Eleven of the NBA’s 30 teams are already limited to offering no more than the minimum salary to free agents from other teams. They’ve used up all of their available cap room and exceptions, aside from the minimum-salary exception. Teams below the tax apron can take sign-and-trades, as the Wizards did with Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair, and some clubs, like the Cavs, can waive non-guaranteed salary to open up more cap space. Still, these 11 teams can’t sign players for more than the minimum, at least without a corresponding move, and in most cases, such a move would require the cooperation of another team:

Updated 3/25/15

Basketball Insiders and ShamSports were used in the creation of this post.

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13 thoughts on “Teams Limited To Paying The Minimum Salary

  1. Kevin6CD

    Congrats to the Knicks, for being the only team on the list that didn’t sign LeBron James or make the playoffs last year.

    • Al-Zamar McKinney


  2. Donnie Walsh

    Hope Fish is smart enuf to realize he CANNOT continue to play Langston 30-37 mins a game thru rest of season or he could blow out a knee like Lin !!!

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