The NBA is entering a new era with the titantic rise in salary cap for all NBA teams starting next season. All teams will be enjoying financial freedom never before seen in their franchise history and most squads will have the opportunity to add a superstar or two this summer. It’s normal and expected that most NBA teams, with or without major cap space, are involved in NBA rumors as they try to improve their respective teams, either to contend for a title or the playoffs.
In the 2016 offseason, a number a teams would like to maximize this rare chance at spending money without much repercussions (either moving over the salary cap or luxury tax) and get back into title contention in the next few years.
The 2016 free agency also features some superstars that could change a franchise’s fate for the new season or next and some teams will consider breaking the bank now while they are available; big name like Kevin Durant leads the 2016 free agent pack and other starters or stars like Al Horford, Nicolas Batum, Hassan Whiteside, DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Dwight Howard, Bradley Beal and Dwyane Wade care all up for grabs this summer.
Sports leagues around the world are governed by the salary cap and the general managers who have have a knack for getting the bigger bang for the buck are the most likely winners.
For the 2015-2016 NBA Season, the rise in salary cap will be about $94 million for all NBA teams, an increase of over $20 million from the previous $70 million. The players have to thank the new broadcast deals by the league as the cash will keep on flowing not only next season but in the next three to four years.
Here are all 30 NBA teams and their estimated maximum salary cap space for the 2016-2017 NBA Season (NBA rumors had the cap at $90 million and even that was too low as the NBA officially announced a $94 million cap for all teams recently).
In this list, two lottery teams in the Lakers and 76ers have big money to add to their top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft with the Mavericks and Celtics potentially reloading with stars or superstars for next season.
Los Angeles Lakers – $67.6 million
Philadelphia 76ers – $63.2 million
Dallas Mavericks – $61.2 million
Boston Celtics – $58.4 million
Orlando Magic – $55.4 million
Houston Rockets – $46.2 million
Washington Wizards – $45.1million
Charlotte Hornets – $44.8 million
Portland Trail Blazers -$44.2 million
Brooklyn Nets – $44.1 million
Memphis Grizzlies – $43.0 million
Miami Heat – $41.4 million
Atlanta Hawks – $40.1 million
Phoenix Suns – $38.7 million
Toronto Raptors – $37.4 million
Utah Jazz – $36.9 million
Denver Nuggets – $36.8 million
New York Knicks – $35.3 million
Indiana Pacers – $35.1 million
Minnesota Timberwolves – $32 million
Sacramento Kings – $30.5 million
Milwaukee Bucks – $30.2 million
Chicago Bulls – $28.1 million
Oklahoma City Thunder – $27 million
New Orleans Hornets – $26.8 million
Detroit Pistons – $26.7 million
San Antonio Spurs – $20.3 million
Golden State Warriors – $17.7 million
Cleveland Cavaliers – $15.6 million
Los Angeles Clippers – $13 million
For the Lakers and Celtics, this year is their opportunity to get back in contention; for L.A. battling for a playoff spot and for Boston, getting better and becoming legit title contenders. NBA rumors have also mentioned these teams too and they can even add another star via trades this summer.
Which team will win the 2016 free agency? And which team will maximize the booming salary cap and vastly improve their respective teams?
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