The 2021 NBA trade deadline is behind us, but that doesn’t mean teams are finished making roster moves. With over a month-and-a-half left in the 2020/21 regular season, there are still many roster spots to be filled around the NBA, as well as veterans who might not finish the year with their current teams.
The NBA’s buyout market has been busy since the trade deadline and figures to remain active for at least another week or two.
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A veteran in an undesirable situation due to his playing time or his team’s place in the standings (or both) could ask to be released and may even be willing to give back a little money to accommodate the move. Some teams might make that decision unilaterally, opting to release a veteran to open up a roster spot for a younger player.
Over the rest of the month, we’ll use the space below to monitor the buyout market, keeping tabs on which veteran players have been bought out or released, and which have found new teams. We’ll also keep an eye on players who are potential buyout candidates. The list will be updated daily.
A player on an NBA contract must be waived by the end of the day on April 9 in order to retain his playoff eligibility, so that will be a key date to watch.
Here’s our breakdown of the 2021 NBA buyout market:
Last updated 4-11-21 (8:41pm CT)
Veterans who have been bought out or released this season and are free agents:
- Gary Clark, F
- Terrance Ferguson, F
- Justin Jackson, F
- Patrick McCaw, G
- Darius Miller, F
- Jabari Parker, F
- Vincent Poirier, C
- Austin Rivers, G
- Jerome Robinson, G
Note: Not every player who has been cut since the trade deadline will be mentioned here. We’re not listing developmental players (such as Jalen Lecque or Ignas Brazdeikis) or injured players (like Meyers Leonard or Marquese Chriss) who would be unlikely to draw interest from playoff teams.
Veterans who have been bought out or released and joined new teams:
- Blake Griffin, F: Bought out by Pistons; signed with Nets.
- LaMarcus Aldridge, F/C: Bought out by Spurs; signed with Nets.
- Andre Drummond, C: Bought out by Cavaliers; signed with Lakers.
- Gorgui Dieng, C: Bought out by Grizzlies; signed with Spurs.
- Jeff Teague, G: Released by Magic; signed with Bucks.
- Ben McLemore, G: Released by Rockets; signed with Lakers.
- Khem Birch, C: Bought out by Magic; signed with Raptors.
Other veterans who could be candidates to be bought out or released:
- Avery Bradley, Rockets
- Marc Gasol, Lakers
- Cory Joseph, Pistons
- Otto Porter, Magic
- Hassan Whiteside, Kings
Note: These players all made it through the April 9 playoff eligibility waiver deadline without being cut, so they appear likely to finish the season with their respective clubs.