With guaranteed salary committed to only five players for 2016/17, the Heat will head into the offseason armed with plenty of flexibility. However, Miami’s projected cap space could get chewed up quickly if the team intends to bring back both Dwyane Wade and Hassan Whiteside, not to mention veteran free agents like Joe Johnson and Luol Deng. Wade is coming off a $20MM salary, and Whiteside looks like a good bet to earn something in that neighborhood too, after making the minimum this past season. There is expected to be “considerable debate” within the organization over whether Whiteside will get a max offer from Miami.
Complicating matters for the Heat are Chris Bosh‘s health issues — while the club would love to have Bosh get medical clearance to return to the court, there’s a chance that won’t happen, and Miami wouldn’t be able to remove his $23.7MM+ cap hit from its books until February 2017 at the earliest. South Beach is always a popular free agent destination, but if the Heat can’t land a marquee player like Kevin Durant, the team will have to be careful about how it spreads around its available money.
See how Miami’s cap situation looks for 2016/17 as Hoops Rumors continues its offseason salary cap digest series.
- Chris Bosh ($23,741,060)
- Goran Dragic ($15,891,725)
- Josh McRoberts ($5,782,450)
- Justise Winslow ($2,593,440)
- Briante Weber ($218,659) — Partial guarantee; non-guaranteed portion listed below
- Total: $48,227,334
- Josh Richardson ($874,636)
- Briante Weber ($655,977) — Partial guarantee; guaranteed portion listed above
- Total: $1,530,613
- Tyler Johnson ($1,180,431/$1,180,431)
Unrestricted Free Agents (Cap Holds)
- Dwyane Wade ($30,000,000)
- Luol Deng ($13,197,096)
- Udonis Haslem ($5,424,386)
- Gerald Green ($980,431)
- Joe Johnson ($980,431)
- Amar’e Stoudemire ($980,431)
- Hassan Whiteside ($980,431)
- Dorell Wright ($980,431)
- Total: $53,523,637
Projected Salary Cap: $92,000,000
The Basketball Insiders salary pages were used in the creation of this post.