Within the last week or so, several teams have made decisions on players who have non-guaranteed salaries, opting to cut them before their 2016/17 contracts become fully guaranteed. The Bulls waived R.J. Hunter, the Spurs cut Nicolas Laprovittola, and the Hornets parted ways with Aaron Harrison, among other moves.
Still, there are still 35 players around the NBA who are on non-guaranteed contracts, and decisions will be required on those players by Saturday. Although 2016/17 salaries technically don’t become guaranteed until January 10, players must clear waivers by that date to avoid having their full salaries count against teams’ caps. In order for that to happen, they must be waived on or before January 7.
Of the 35 players still on non-guaranteed deals, some will have to sweat out Saturday’s decision less than others. For instance, Rodney McGruder‘s $543K deal with the Heat is already guaranteed for $400K, and even if it wasn’t, his play this season has assured him of a roster spot the rest of the way. McGruder is one of several players on the list below that almost certainly won’t be going anywhere this week. But not everyone will be so fortunate.
Listed below are the players whose 2016/17 contracts aren’t yet fully guaranteed, sorted by team. Each of these players is on a minimum salary deal, though some have partially guaranteed salaries — if a player’s partial guarantee exceeds the total amount he would earn if he were cut today, we’ve noted it in parentheses.
Here’s the full list:
Golden State Warriors
Los Angeles Lakers
- Rodney McGruder ($400K guarantee)
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs