Offseason Salary Cap Digest: Atlanta Hawks

The Hawks face major uncertainty for the second offseason in a row, but the financial squeeze doesn’t appear quite as dire as it was last summer. Atlanta proved unable to afford to re-sign both Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll in large measure because the Hawks only had Early Bird rights on Carroll, but the Hawks should have the wherewithal to re-sign Al Horford and Kent Bazemore this summer despite Early Bird rights on Bazemore. That’s a product of Al Horford’s bargain $12MM salary this season, which creates only an $18MM cap hold, much lower than the roughly $26MM he’ll likely end up with on a max contract. The Hawks would have some $20MM available for Bazemore if they secure a quick commitment from Horford. Atlanta won’t need cap space to re-sign Horford, since he has full Bird rights, so the Hawks can refrain from officially signing him until they’ve used cap space on Bazemore. In other words, timing is key. See how Atlanta’s cap situation looks for 2016/17 as Hoops Rumors continues itsoffseason salary cap digest series.

Guaranteed Salary

Player Options

  • None

Team Options

  • Mike Muscala ($1,015,696) — salary non-guaranteed even if option picked up

Non-Guaranteed Salary

Restricted Free Agents

  • None

Unrestricted Free Agents (Cap Holds)

Other Cap Holds

  • No. 21 pick ($1,249,800)

Projected Salary Cap: $92,000,000

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

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