Offseason Salary Cap Digest: Phoenix Suns

The Suns’ highest-paid player for next season (Eric Bledsoe) has missed more than 90 games for the team over the last three years, and the club’s third-highest-paid contributor (Tyson Chandler) is entering his age-34 season and is almost certainly past his prime. Throw in the fact that Phoenix wasn’t able to move up from No. 4 pick to land a top-three pick, and this looks like a franchise that’s still at least a couple years away from real contention. Still, the Suns have some decent young pieces, and their top three contracts – Bledsoe’s, Chandler’s, and Brandon Knight‘s – are well below the max, giving the team flexibility to add more salary around those veterans, or potentially explore a variety of trade scenarios involving them. Considering they have three first-round draft picks, it will be interesting to see whether the Suns go into full rebuilding mode, or attempt to package some of those picks and young players in deals to fast-track the roster to playoff contention.

See how Phoenix’s cap situation looks for 2016/17 as Hoops Rumors continues its offseason salary cap digest series.

Guaranteed Salary

Player Options

  • None

Team Options

  • None

Non-Guaranteed Salary

Restricted Free Agents (Qualifying Offers/Cap Holds)

  • None

Unrestricted Free Agents (Cap Holds)

Other Cap Holds

  • No. 4 pick ($3,563,600)
  • No. 13 pick ($1,835,200)
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic ($996,700)
  • No. 28 pick ($990,700)
  • Total: $7,386,200

Projected Salary Cap: $92,000,000

Footnotes:

  1. Tucker’s full $5,300,000 salary would become guaranteed on June 30th.

The Basketball Insiders salary pages were used in the creation of this post.

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