Hoops Rumors is looking ahead at the 2020/21 salary cap situations for all 30 NBA teams. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the NBA calendar, it’s impossible to know yet where the cap for 2020/21 will land. Given the league’s lost revenue, we’re assuming for now that it will stay the same as the ’19/20 cap, but it’s entirely possible it will end up higher or lower than that.
After adding two more young cornerstones – De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish – to their roster in the 2019 draft lottery, the Hawks looked like one of the Eastern Conference’s most exciting young teams entering the 2019/20 campaign.
However, despite a monster offensive season from Trae Young, the Hawks didn’t take a major step forward this year. The team didn’t have a whole lot of effective veteran depth and its young players weren’t fully ready to carry the load — a 25-game John Collins suspension didn’t help either. Atlanta will head into ’20/21 hoping for continued growth from its young core and with the cap flexibility necessary to continue adding talent.
Here’s where things stand for the Hawks financially in 2020/21, as we launch our Salary Cap Preview series:
- Clint Capela ($16,000,000)
- Dewayne Dedmon ($13,333,333)
- De’Andre Hunter ($7,422,000)
- Trae Young ($6,571,800)
- Cam Reddish ($4,458,000)
- John Collins ($4,137,302)
- Kevin Huerter ($2,761,920)
- Bruno Fernando ($1,517,981)
- Brandon Goodwin ($100,000) — Partial guarantee. Non-guaranteed portion noted below. 1
- Total: $56,302,336
- Brandon Goodwin ($1,601,593) 1
- Total: $1,601,593
Restricted Free Agents
- DeAndre’ Bembry ($3,752,338 qualifying offer / $7,811,946 cap hold): Bird rights
- Skal Labissiere ($3,484,882 qualifying offer / $7,016,541 cap hold): Bird rights
- Damian Jones ($3,457,586 qualifying offer / $6,915,172 cap hold): Bird rights
- Charlie Brown Jr. (two-way qualifying offer / $1,445,697 cap hold): Non-Bird rights
- Total (cap holds): $23,189,356
Unrestricted Free Agents / Other Cap Holds
- Jeff Teague ($28,500,000): Bird rights
- No. 4 overall pick ($7,068,360) 2
- Vince Carter ($1,620,564): Early Bird rights
- Treveon Graham ($1,620,564): Early Bird rights
- Total: $38,809,488
Offseason Cap Outlook
Regardless of where the cap for the 2020/21 league year ends up, the Hawks are in a good spot and should have more room than virtually any other NBA team. If the cap remains the same as it was in ’19/20, Atlanta could still easily get to $43MM+ in space, depending on where the team’s lottery pick lands.
Although that would be more than enough cap room to make a play for a maximum-salary player, I’m skeptical that GM Travis Schlenk would want to go that route, even if team ownership is getting antsy to make a major splash.
Cap Exceptions Available
- Room exception: $4,767,000 3
- Goodwin’s salary becomes fully guaranteed after August 1.
- The cap hold for this pick will depend on where it ultimately falls in the lottery. Currently, the Hawks rank fourth in the lottery standings.
- This is a projected value.
Note: Minimum-salary and rookie-scale cap holds are based on the salary cap and could increase or decrease depending on where the cap lands.