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With the season on pause and in question, free agency has already been discussed a bit.  Demar DeRozan has allegedly already planned to opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent with the likelihood he doesn't re-sign in San Antonio.  With a weak free agency market and not much money to go around, he will bolster the class.  Here's my rankings of free agents available.

PG-
1-Fred Van Vleet-UFA-FVV has succeeded after coming into the league undrafted and was rewarded with a 3/30 extension a few years back.  He's been the backbone to the Raptors bench and almost single handedly eliminated MIL from the playoffs last year.  He's a hot and cold shooter with good defense for his size.  He'll relish in the fact this is a VERY weak PG class and someone will pay him $15M per year to be their starter.

2-Goran Dragic-UFA-it's hard to see Dragic not returning to MIA, even if he is unrestricted.  He's moved to a 6th man role, but is still due for one last decent contract at 31.  He's a bigger guard that can score on all 3 levels and is a good assist man.

3-DeAnthony Melton-RFA-Melton gets a lot more buzz in this ranking due to the lack of potential and young guards on this list.  He plays a lot more 2-guard than point, but can play point primarily.  He plays more 2 because of Ja Morant's presence.  Melton is a defense-first guard in the mold of Patrick Beverley.  His shooting can come and go, but at 22, someone may try to outbid MEM for his services.

4-Jeff Teague-UFA-Teague was an expiring thrown in in a trade to ATL before the deadline.  He doesn't have a place as a starter any longer in this league, but he's a good defender and a heady veteran.

5-Kris Dunn-RFA-Dunn's market will be diminished by his restricted free agency unless CHI dumps him.  He is a nasty defender, which is primarily his only solid trait.  He's been hampered playing under Boylan in CHI and getting his minutes yanked around.  He's still only 23 years old and someone would be interested as a bench guard if he becomes more available.

6-Shabazz Napier-UFA-Napier has bounced around the league quite a bit, but he is an electric shooter when given space.  He can't defend and is slight in size, but should get a decent contract to play backup minutes.

7-Emmanuel Mudiay-UFA-the allure of Mudiay is stronger than his play.  At 6'5" with his handles and scoring ability, he SHOULD be a much better player than he is.  He lost his spot in the rotation when UTA acquired Jordan Clarkson in a trade.  Mudiay may be best serviced to go overseas for a year to grow a little and find his edge.

8-DJ Augustin-UFA-Augustin, much like Napier, is a veteran shooter without much defense.  He's been stuck in moratorium in ORL for awhile now, but could get a minimum contract to play backup minutes.

9-Austin Rivers-PO/10-Rajon Rondo-PO-Rivers and Rondo both have player options they may exercise, but that shows how weak this class is, there just aren't any other PG's available.

Shooting Guard-
1-Bogdan Bogdanovic-UFA-Bogdanovic tops this class based on his age and skillset.  At 6'7", he's versatile in both wing spots and can handle the ball.  He can score at all three levels and is young at 26.  He was a hot commodity at the trade deadline, but with SAC not trading him, it seems like they're going to break the bank to keep him and instead try to trade Buddy Hield.

2-Evan Fournier-PO-Fournier is near the top of this list because I think he'll make a surprise move and decline his $18M player option.  It's a weak class, so he could get a long term deal, in the range of 3-4 years before he hits 31.  He's been stuck in ORL and can really move the needle for a team with cap space looking to make the next step.

3-Jordan Clarkson-UFA-Clarkson is a change of pace backcourt guard who absolutely chucks the ball, is a bit too small to guard bigger guards and is terribly inefficient.  He has allure though and as a 6th man, could earn a decent contract.

4-Malik Beasley-RFA-much like Mudiay, the allure of Beasley is better than the output.  He can absolutely score, but has always been yanked around in the rotation never setting himself into a spot which is a red flag.  He's restricted and MIN traded for him with the idea they keep him.

5-Joe Harris-UFA-Harris will be a popular name in free agency.  He's still relatively young at 27, and can shoot the heck out of the ball.  Every team needs a floor spacer like him.  With BKN's cap tied up in Durant and Kyrie, and some way too early extensions for LaVert and Taurean Prince, they may not be able to keep him.

6-Tim Hardaway Jr-PO-Hardaway has a $20M player option he'll likely accept.

7-Kentavious Caldwell-Pope-PO-KCP also has a $8M player option he'll accept to stay in LAL.

8-Allonzo Trier-RFA-Trier is interesting.  He's 6'5", can handle the ball and play some emergency point guard duties and is lightning quick.  He's restricted, but the Knicks may not like keeping him at the price he wants.  He should draw some attention as a shooter.

9-Andre Roberson-UFA-Roberson hasn't played in coming up on like 2 years.  His defense is well known, but he has significant injury issues and is a complete liability on offense.  I'd be surprised to see him get anything more than the minimum, but if he can come back healthy, he'd be a great, cheap pickup.

10-Wes Matthews-PO-it's hard to imagine Wes not accepting his PO, even if it is for the minimum.  He's not likely to get much more than that, and even so, the amount he'd get more than the minimum may not be worth leaving his cushy position in MIL.
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Small Forward-

1-Brandon Ingram-RFA-probably the biggest prize of this free agency period, Ingram really hit his stride in New Orleans.  He's a tough one to predict though.  As the primary guy, he can score in bunches and carry a team, but he really struggles with another dominant player on the floor.  He tends to float and not find his spots in those situations.  But he's very young, still only 22 or 23 and has come a long way since his rookie year which will lend to a big time attractive market.  Ingram is restricted though and the Pelicans are believed to match any offer for him come free agency, which means they'll likely give him the max.

2-Demar DeRozan-PO-DeRozan has a $28M player option with San Antonio.  But he wants long term security.  If he can't agree to a long term deal with SA, he's bound to decline the option and hit free agency to find that security.  Since traded to SA, he really hasn't been himself, but DeRozan is a freestyle player which is the opposite of a Poppovich offense.  He'd probably be better suited elsewhere and he will find himself atop many boards in free agency.  The issue is, DeRozan is 30, will be 31 by next season, and there aren't many teams with cap space that are in a position to offer him long term money that have a need for a 31 year old, upper-contract level player.  He may take a 1 year deal for something like $20M to position himself for a much healthier 2021 free agency period.

3-Gordon Hayward-PO-with Hayward having a $33M player option for next season, it's tough to fathom him declining that option and heading for free agency.  But he just turned 31 and he will do his due diligence to find out what his market is and see if there's a team willing to shell out something with more security long term.  He learned the hard way your career can change directions in the blink of an eye which is why security long term may be a good option as well.

4-Furkan Korkmaz-UFA-Korkmaz is 22, hitting over 40% from 3 on high volume and in this market, with such a weak wing class and with a specialty like his and at his age, he's bound to find the market plentiful.  He could find himself one of the more overpaid players.  PHI is certainly going to want to keep him as he's their lone shooter on their roster, but with him being unrestricted and PHI capped out, they're going to find it difficult to provide a similar offer.  

5-Carmelo Anthony-UFA-after sitting out a year and a half, Carmelo was signed by Portland for the minimum.  While he didn't lead them to anything special, he still showed he has gas left in the tank.  He'll certainly get a contract again next year, but the question will be whether it's with a contender and if that contender is a fit.

6-Otto Porter Jr-PO-Porter has a pretty massive player option he is likely to accept, he missed a large chunk of the season and hasn't panned out from his early projections when he was a top 5 pick.  He's stuck in a chronic re-build in CHI under a bad coach, but CHI has to make some moves this summer to position themselves towards a winning solution.  Porter may find himself in a more steady role when he's healthy.

7-Derrick Jones Jr-UFA-Jones was an undrafted player that MIA found, (like Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson-boy is MIA good at that).  His role was increasing until he had a bad lower leg injury over a year ago, but found himself back in the rotation this year.  He's not a good shooter and plays multiple positions, none of which he's great at, but he's a very energetic, bouncy young forward who, in the right situation, with good spacing and movement, could find himself a decent contract.

8-Denzel Valentine-RFA-Valentine requested a trade around the deadline from CHI, but never got it.  He was only averaging about 15 MPG at the time, but he was still seeing the floor.  I'm sure he's going to push hard to not be re-signed by CHI as clearly he was one of the players having a riff with their coach.  He sees himself as a shooter, but his numbers have never been consistent.  Much like Otto Porter, he's a tough judge because of CHI's bad play.  On the right team, he has the requisite size and shooting ability to be a good role player.

9-Sterling Brown-RFA-don't sleep on Sterling's free agency.  If he wasn't a Buck, he may not have made this list, but knowing Sterling's abilities, he does.  He is a relentless defender that can cover positions 1-4, playing a large chunk of his minutes at the 4 this year in Bud's small ball system.  Sterling's issues are his overconfidence in his ability.  He is a rock solid corner 3 shooter, but he tends to roll himself towards the top of the key, looking for a lot of dribble drives which he turns the ball over way too frequently in doing so.  He though, does have a key skill-his defense.  That and his corner shooting make him an attractive player.  His issue is his lack of playing time this season and very little tape to show so his market may be smaller than I expect.

10-Jae Crowder-UFA-I wouldn't get sucked into this rejuvenated MIA version of Crowder but somebody might.  He's bounced around the league a ton, but has always had a knack for his defense and 3P shooting.  His shot comes and goes, but he's a professional who will always play the bruiser role.  With his resurgence in MIA, he's a lock to get at least a 2 year contract, but he tends to ware out his welcome everywhere he goes within a year.
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1-Anthony Davis-PO-the Lakers acquired Davis knowing he'd enter FA this summer with a player option he's likely to decline.  There's no reason to believe he'll accept the player option, but also no reason to believe he'd even sniff the free agent market.  He'll return to LAL with a supermax contract.

2-Danilo Gallinari-UFA-Gallo was jettisoned to OKC in what seemed like an acquisition for a later trade.  OKC though, has taken over and sits 5th in the West during this hiatus.  Gallo is having one of his best seasons to date along with one of his healthiest, a constant bugaboo for him in the past.  He's going to be 32 next season and entering his 12th season in the NBA, so some may have a difficult time investing big money into him, but with the way he's shooting the ball and playing defense, he deserves one last bigger contract.

3-Paul Millsap-UFA-Millsap is 35 years old and his market is a bit of an unknown.  With his age, it's hard to invest a lot of money into him, especially long term, but he's still a stellar defensive player and a really smart all around player.  He should get an investment in the realm of 2 years for the MLE, but it's not likely to be with DEN.

4-Christian Wood-UFA-a former Buck and fan favorite wherever he's gone, Wood can absolutely fill up the stat sheet, so much so he's in consideration for MIP.  But the concern with Wood has long been his knack for putting up empty stats.  He has really started stroking the ball from 3 and is shooting with much greater efficiency.  He'll be 25 at the start of next season and ripe for a massive contract.  He can play both front court positions, rebounds well and is a really good weakside shot blocker.  He should break the bank this summer.  Letting Wood go now seems to be one of the mistakes the Bucks made last season.

5-Marcus Morris-UFA-Morris was traded to LAL after signing with the Knicks last summer.  That move seemed puzzling at first, after he initially agreed to terms with SA before backing out and signing with NY.  The move though, worked in his favor, as he was seen as an expiring contract who now is playing an integral role for a championship team.  He certainly has his issues, he fouls a lot, is a bit of a black hole when the ball gets in his hands, but he'll be highly saught after as a veteran, defensive minded, floor spacing big that can play multiple positions.

6-Davis Bertans-UFA--Bertans is another example of how SA's player development is lackluster with the times.  He was mismatched as a 7' center in SA when in reality, he's a 3P arsonist needing another big next to him.  But his market is going to be quite robust, right up there with Christian Wood's, after his year in WAS.  WAS is going to do everything they can to keep him and will have the ability to do so, but he's going to have a ton of suitors.

7-Jabari Parker-PO-Parker signed a 2 yr, $13M contract with the Hawks last summer, but he had a bit of a resurgence, dedicating himself to a more team oriented style.  He'll likely decline the option and hit free agency with a few healthy years under his belt, not showing any signs of wear and tear.

8-Chris Boucher-RFA-little known Chris Boucher has been trying to break into the league for some time.  He's 27, but finally got his chance in TOR this year.  He's only played about 15-20 MPG for them, but is a hyper-energetic, very long and lean big, more in the form of a center, but plays both front court positions.  TOR will have to decide which direction to go this summer.  Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka and Boucher are all free agents.  They'll have to decide who to spend their money on, as it's likely only one of those guys with their eyes set on max cap space the following summer when they'll aggressively pursue Giannis.  Boucher might be the easiest bet, he'll cost them the least, can play next to Siakam and is the youngest of the three.

9-Jerami Grant-PO-Grant has a player option for around $10M, but I think he declines it looking for more long term security.  He solidified himself as a starter for DEN as an energetic, bouncy, defensive minded, 3P shooting forward/small ball center.  He's the perfect fit for a lot of systems, but he'll have a lot of competition in FA in this type of player.  DEN likely lets Millsap walk and tries to lockup Grant long term.

10-Dario Saric-RFA-it's hard to believe that Saric is both 25, yet still on a rookie contract.  The idea of Saric has always been greater than the output.  He was suppose to be a 6'9" point-forward who can pass and shoot.  But his shooting has come and gone often and he doesn't have the sustained athleticism to roam around with the ball in his hands.  Nevertheless, he redeemed himself a bit this year in PHX.  PHX though, has a lot of forwards and they may look to upgrade that position leaving Saric available.

Centers-

Andre Drummond-UFA-Drummond was traded from DET to CLE, essentially a sideways move for him.  But CLE acquired him, likely, with the idea of keeping him.  They need his presence on the interior, but Drummond's interest levels fades with the W's in the W/L column.  He can't shoot, nor can he be relied on to defend anybody on a switch, but his rebound and interior presence alone make him a hot commodity.  The problem is, aside from his tenacious rebounding, is he really worth $25M+ per year when you can get similar production much lower on this list for less?

Hassan Whiteside-UFA-Whiteside has had a resurgence in POR.  While he can be mind-numbing to watch at times with his gaffs and disinterested play when he doesn't get the ball, his presence is certainly felt on every possession defensively.  He likely won't remain in POR as they'll return Jusuf Nurkic healthy next season, but he's in a similar boat of Drummond.  Is he worth such a big amount he'll command?

Montrezl Harrell-UFA-Harrell is a ball of energy.  His per 36 numbers are out of this world, he can score at will in the paint and is a premier pick and roll player.  His downfall is his lack of rim protection and the fact he's truly only about 6'6" hence why he's always been a 6th man.  Harrell's market largely determined on LAC's production in the playoffs.  If they got manhandled on the inside and fell short of the Finals, they could let him walk and try to bring in a bigger presence.  He'll have to fit exactly in the right system to be a starting center, next to a floor spacing, yet rebounding-dominant PF, but that match is few and far between.

Serge Ibaka-UFA-while Ibaka's age might hold him back a bit, there's no denying his abilities.  He can guard out to the perimeter and shoot the 3.  But TOR may look to go in a different direction unless Ibaka's willing to take a hometown discount.  With such little floor spacers on this list, Ibaka will jump ahead of some in front of him on this list for that attribute alone.

Tristan Thompson-UFA-Thompson has wallowed in losers territory since Lebron left and with the writing on the wall with Drummond's acquisition, Thompson will likely find himself a new home next season.  He can defend multiple positions, is a phenomenal rebounder and scorer around the basket, but he doesn't shoot the ball well.  He'll fit in well on an established team with size and shooting though and could get back to a contender next season.

Derrick Favors-UFA-Favors fits along the same prototype of Thompson-dominant rebounder, wide and good defender, but doesn't do anything top notch.  NOP needs to find more floor spacing for their top guys-Ingram and Zion, and with their lack of size, they'll likely move on from Favors this summer.

Aron Baynes-UFA-it would've been a joke to find Baynes on this list last year, but even at his age, 31 or 32, he was so good at filling in for DeAndre Ayton in PHX during Ayton's suspension, there was discussion of trading Ayton.  Baynes is a phenomenal screen setter, passer and really good shooter.  The problem is his age and durability issues.  He'd a great backup center for a contender.

Dwight Howard-UFA-Dwight to LAL was seen as a bit of a joke, especially after his past few failed stops, but he entered the season looking as ripped as ever, thin, and much more rejuvenated.  He's been one of LAL's best players this year and I'd expect them to want him to return which I'm sure he'd find to be a perfect scenario.

Mason Plumlee-UFA/Nerlens Noel-UFA-Plumlee and Noel are similar players-big, long, shot blockers with rim running abilities, no outside shot and more of an energetic type of player than skilled.  Plumlee is a far superior passer which puts him ahead of this list.  I'm not sure DEN or OKC returns either player, and both are likely to find themselves as bench bigs or low level starters.


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Summer Team by Team Breakdown-

*A caveat-this whole list could change drastically depending on what happens with the season and if the league decides to lower the salary cap due to lost revenue.  When the league locked out, they played a shortened season.  The NBA and NBPA agreed in a good faith deal to maintain the salary cap as projected with teams swallowing losses.  That though, was likely done as teams saw big money coming in from new TV deals and a new CBA.  And they were right.  The salary cap has doubled since 2014 and went up almost 2.5x since that lockout.  Without big revenue such as big time TV deals on the horizon, the league and owners may be less wary to accept the projected salary cap because the losses may not be able to be made up.  I will operate this list though, as if the agree to maintain the $115M salary cap projections given in February.

Atlanta Hawks-
Projected Cap Space-$59M
Caveats-Jabari Parker opting out, ATL declining options on Alex Len and DeAndre Bembry-it's highly likely Jabari opts out, and likely they retain Bembry on his minimum team option.  Len's team option is about $4.5M which is likely declined as they have Fernando and Dedmon behind Capela.

Roster-
PG-Trae Young
SG-Kevin Huerter, DeAndre Bembry*
SF-DeAndre Hunter, Cam Reddish
PF-John Collins
C-Clint Capela, Bruno Fernando, Dewayne Dedmon

Outlook-ATL still has a bunch of really young talent around already established players.  They still weren't good this year, but we didn't get to see Capela mesh before the suspension, Collins missed the first 25 games with a suspension and Reddish finally came around and was putting up really good numbers.  They're slotted to have another top 5 pick which they likely keep considering they don't have much to package it with unless they include one of their young players.  That leaves questions about how they handle free agency.  They've sat out much of free agency in the past and only acquired bigger contracts for picks.  They likely will sniff around to see if a big time player is available, like Brandon Ingram, but he will likely be retained.  Instead, ATL likely stays the course with the core they've built and continue to add assets with their cap space before looking for an all-in move way too early.

New York Knicks-
Projected Cap Space-$50M
Caveats-Bobby Portis ($15M), Wayne Ellington ($8.1M) and Taj Gibson ($8M) have team options, while Elfrid Payton ($8M, $1M guaranteed) and Reggie Bullock ($4.2M, $1M guaranteed) have non-guaranteed deals-if they decline Portis, Ellington and Gibson's contract, then eat the $2M combined between Payton and Bullock to cut $10.2M, the Knicks can have about $50M in cap space.

Roster-
PG-Dennis Smith Jr, Frank Ntilikina
SG-RJ Barrett
SF-Kevin Knox, Ignas Brazdeikas
PF-Julius Randle
C-Mitchell Robinson

Breakdown-the Knicks are going to be in a tough spot.  They need to hit the salary floor, which they can do in free agency, by signing similar deals as last years with 1 year contracts, or retain their players they currently own on expiring deals and hope to swing for the fences in free agency in 2021 which is their end goal, but they need to have something established to offer up to the big time free agents in 2021.  They're not close to that now.  By then, only Barrett, Knox and Robinson will remain.  Barrett has some promise, Knox just looks lost on the floor at all times and while the idea of Robinson is strong, he doesn't have any offensive skill except rim running and fouls far too often.  There aren't many free agents worth swinging for the fences for, aside from Brandon Ingram, but again, he'll likely be matched by New Orleans.  It wouldn't shock me to see NY completely blow up everything they've built by overpaying for Fred VanVleet and Demar DeRozan, but they should continue with what they're trying to build.  What will hurt NY is if there's no regular season left to be played, they're currently slotted for 7th in the draft, sitting just two wins ahead of the 2nd spot in the draft.  If NY loses out on Zion, then in the following draft has to pick 7th, when they are just two games ahead of the 2nd pick, would be devastating.

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Detroit Pistons-
Projected Cap Space-$45M
Free Agents-Christian Wood, Thon Maker, John Henson, Langston Galloway, Brandon Knight, Jordan McRae
Caveats-Tony Snell-$12.1M player option, Bruce Brown and Khyri Thomas-NG $1.6M deals

Roster-
PG-Derrick Rose
SG-Luke Kennard, Bruce Brown, Khyri Thomas
SF-Tony Snell, Svi Mykhailiuk
PF-Blake Griffin, Sekou Doumbouya
C-NONE

Draft-owe 2020 2nd rd pick to SAC

Breakdown-the Pistons have a long way to go and without meaningful assets, it seems even longer.  Blake Griffin hasn't been healthy since getting to DET and they must pay him $37M annually the next two seasons.  They have some cap space to work with, but Wood is a free agent who they'll do everything they can to re-sign, but Wood is unrestricted and can sign anywhere.  DET would have to backup a Brinks truck to get him to come back as he'll have many interested suitors.  Kennard is a good player, but has knee tendinitis issues that could cause some long term concern.  I'd expect them to shop Rose heavily this summer as he's a useful player on a relatively small deal ($7.5M next year).  Doumbouya still looks to be two years away.  He's very young and very raw, but has some skills, he's not Giannis, but he's not Bruno Cabocolo either.  The Pistons currently hold the 6th pick in the draft where they can get something beneficial, but they have many more holes to fill on their roster.  If they offer Wood $20M, then a rookie 1st round pick contract in the range of $6M, that would leave them about $20M in money to spend, but they need a starting center, probably a starting point guard, and depth.  That money is going to run thin pretty quick, but they likely don't spend a ton of money now, aside from Wood and continue to add young talent and build thru the draft.
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Charlotte Hornets-
Projected Cap Space-$30M
Free Agents-Bismack Biyombo, Willy Hernangomez, Dwayne Bacon
Caveats-Jalen McDaniels and Caleb Martin have non-guaranteed deals-both likely stay with team, Nicolas Batum has a $27M player option he will accept

Roster-
PG-Devonte Graham, Terry Rozier
SG-Malik Monk, Caleb Martin
SF-Miles Bridges, Cody Martin, Nicolas Batum
PF-PJ Washington, Jalen McDaniels
C-Cody Zeller

Draft-owe 2nd rd pick to NYK, own BOS's 2nd rd pick (protected 31-53) and CLE's 2nd rd pick

Breakdown-the Hornets have a ton of work to do.  They don't have any real staples to their roster aside from Graham.  And the Hornets weren't expecting what they got from Graham last year or they wouldn't have signed Rozier to such an albatross of a contract.  Even so, Graham's percentages throughout the year were bad, shooting under 40% from the field, but he did ramp it up in the last month.  Rozier's numbers weren't much better, but did shoot 40% from 3, even at an extremely high clip.  So the first question will be for CHA, do they keep playing both point guards together or do they try to trade one of them?  Second, they have to figure out what to do with Bridges and Monk.  Both are extremely hot and cold players, neither of which seem to be staples for a franchise in dire need of cornerstone pieces.  PJ Washington looked to be a nice pick up early on as he was hitting 40%+ from 3 early in the season, but his numbers dropped to 30% by year end.  Zeller is just a fill in guy.  So CHA still doesn't have any one good thing to build around.  CHA managed to win 23 games before the suspension which is more than what was projected, but they're slotted for the 9th pick currently which puts them right back in that bad space of not being bad enough to nab a high pick, but being just bad enough to not have much of a future.  $30M isn't a lot to work with, especially in such a weak free agency class.  They're going to need to be smart with their money and collect other teams bad contracts.  But with MJ at the helm, it's not likely, and more likely they do something horrific like pay Demar DeRozan 4 yrs, $80M to try to be their savior.


Cleveland Cavaliers-
Projected Cap Space-$33M
Free Agents-Tristan Thompson, Matthew Dellavedova, Ante Zizic
Caveats-Andre Drummond-$28M player option

Roster-
PG-Collin Sexton, Darius Garland
SG-Kevin Porter Jr, Dante Exum
SF-Cedi Osman, Dylan Windler
PF-Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr
C-NONE

Draft-1st rd pick to NO (top 10 protected)

Breakdown-
The big question mark for CLE will be the Drummond situation.  It's likely he opts out of his final year and becomes a free agent.  Will CLE break the bank in the form of $25-30M per year to retain Drummond after trading for him a month ago?  CLE's 1st goes to NO if it's outside of the top 10 which is very unlikely as CLE is slated for a top 3 pick.  Do they take James Wiseman in the draft to replace Drummond and let him walk?  CLE gave up very little for him-Brandon Knight, John Henson and a 23' 2nd rd pick, so letting him walk after only playing about 10 games is feasible.  The top of the draft is guard heavy and CLE has invested a lot into Sexton and Garland and are determined to make that work.  Aside from their staples, Love, Nance Jr and Osman hold relatively big contracts for their production.  Nance is the only real tradeable asset as Love has 3 years remaining at $31M per year and Osman's extension was extremely premature and severely overpaid.  Drummond has a large cap hold that puts a massive hold on anything CLE wants to do.  Without releasing his hold and making him unrestricted, they are right at the salary cap line without any wiggle room.  So they're handcuffed to him and that $30M cap space is a bit of a pipedream.  But re-signing Drummond gives you a frontline of Love and Drummond, at about $60M of your cap space to hope they stay healthy and work together and are remotely successful.  CLE still has a very long way to go before they put together a competent roster.

Phoenix Suns-
Projected Cap Space-$24M
Free Agents-Aron Baynes, Dario Saric, Jevon Carter
Caveats-Cheick Diallo and Elie Okobo have non-guaranteed deals-Okobo is likely to remain, Diallo is an unknown

Roster-
PG-Ricky Rubio, Elie Okobo, Jalen Lecque
SG-Devin Booker, Ty Jerome
SF-Kelly Oubre, Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson
PF-Frank Kaminsky
C-DeAndre Ayton, Cheick Diallo

Draft-2nd rd pick to MEM

Breakdown-
PHX remains in their situation of not being good enough to compete even after investing in Rubio and Oubre.  They're still missing something, but what is that something?  They were hampered early by Ayton missing the first 25 games due to suspension, but it didn't drown them as Baynes was a fine fill in.  They have big money invested in Booker, Rubio and Oubre, and obviously Ayton is a key cog.  But with those staples locked into their current spot, how do they improve?  Oubre was shopped at the deadline, but not traded, so they could revisit that again.  They need to find a way to improve their front court.  Ayton, for his size and abilities, only gets to the FT line 3 times per game.  They can't sign another big time inside scorer at PF because it'd clog the lane.  The upside is PHX doesn't have any big cap holds and are free to spend their cap space as they see fit.  They're slotted for the 10th pick in the draft and could package that pick with Oubre to find an upgrade.  Whatever PHX does wouldn't surprise me.  They could spend a ton of money to try to win more games, they could make a massive trade and trade Booker or Ayton to re-tool quickly, or sell off some parts and acquire assets for a quick re-build.
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Toronto Raptors-
Projected Cap Space-$29M
Free Agents-Fred Van Vleet, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol, Chris Boucher, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Malcolm Miller
Caveats-Stanley Johnson-$3.8M player option, Terence Davis, Matt Thomas, Dewan Hernandez-$1.6M NG deals

Roster-
PG-Kyle Lowry
SG-Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Matt Thomas
SF-OG Anunoby, Stanley Johnson, Patrick McCaw
PF-Pascal Siakam
C-NONE

Draft-own both 2020 draft picks

Breakdown-
While the Raptors have some cap space to work with, they have a lot of moves to consider.  TOR is building their roster towards remaining competitive while holding onto max cap space in 2021.  It has long been thought TOR believes they have a shot at Giannis, and if not, they can draw in another big time max free agent when 2021 will have a host of big time players available.  I would've thought TOR would've treated this like a gap year, traded Lowry and Gasol, sniffed around what was available for Gasol and gained assets and young players for a roster that would be enticing to a free agent.  They extended Lowry thru next season leaving them that availability, but it remains to be seen how they'll re-tool this summer.  Ibaka, FVV and Boucher have been good for them.  I think it's likely they re-sign FVV to be their future starting point guard post-Lowry era.  They're hampered a bit this summer by the $7.5M they owe to Johnson and McCaw who aren't in the rotation.  I'd expect them to be thrifty especially if there's a drop in the salary cap in 2021 with the projected losses from the season suspension this year.  Ibaka is certainly going to want one last big contract as he's 31 and won't settle for a 1 year deal.  Maybe they try to re-sign Boucher for a lesser deal in the mid-level range, give FVV a raise to about $15M which would put them at about $24M spent.  They can't get to $40M spent long term without tying up that max space.  A very interesting summer for TOR upcoming, especially with their success this year.

Miami Heat-
Projected Cap Space-$33M
Free Agents-Goran Dragic, Derrick Jones Jr, Meyers Leonard, Jae Crowder, Solomon Hill, Udonis Haslem
Caveats-Kelly Olynyk-$12.1M player option, Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson-$1.6M NG deals

Roster-
PG-Kendrick Nunn
SG-Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro
SF-Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala, KZ Okpala
PF-Kelly Olynyk, Chris Silva
C-Bam Adebayo

Draft-2nd rd pick to ATL or SAC

Breakdown-
The Heat really surprised some people this year, and that's with some excellent coaching and player development.  The good-Bam Adebayo has turned himself into an all-world defensive player, they found some phenomenal diamonds in the rough in Nunn and Robinson, Robinson seems to be positioning himself as one of the best shooters in the NBA for a long time and they made a few shrewd moves like acquiring Crowder and Hill.  The bad-they were so desperate to get Iguodala, finding him to be their final missing piece.  They completed a trade for him, giving up Justise Winslow-a promising young player with significant health issues, but they compounded the deal by signing Iguodala to a $30M extension (!!!) after not having played since late last year.  Iguodala is in his late 30's and showed every bit of his age trying to knock the rust off.  Regardless, they still have key cogs to their roster.  They're able to get away without starting a true point guard (Dragic is their 6th man) by playing Butler as their pseudo point guard and Adebayo handling the ball at times.  Their roster could enter next year with little free agency movement and still be competitive.  Pat Riley is in win-now mode and isn't about saving his cap space for the future which could allow them to capitalize on some teams this summer, but they need to fortify their front court as Olynyk and Adebayo aren't perfect fits playing together.  They are in a position to be competitive in free agency, but that's never been Riley's stance.  But they nearly traded for Gallinari at the trade deadline, so they could target a veteran PF like Gallinari, Millsap or Marcus Morris.

New Orleans Pelicans-
Projected Cap Space-$33M
Free Agents-Brandon Ingram, Derrick Favors, E'Twaun Moore, Jahlil Okafor, Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams
Caveats-Darius Miller-$7M NG deal

Roster-
PG-Lonzo Ball
SG-Jrue Holiday, JJ Redick, Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF-Josh Hart
PF-Zion Williamson, Nicolo Melli
C-Jaxson Hayes

Draft-2020 2nd rd picks from WAS and MIL

Breakdown-
The Pelicans were making a valiant push for the 8th seed, but sat 3.5 games out of the 8th seed, not likely to catch the Grizzlies before seasons end.  This was a gap year for New Orleans regardless and aside from Zion's injury, I think they're relatively happy with how it went down.  They suffered thru endless Holiday trade stories before both dedicating themselves to Holiday with them for this year at least.  Their cap space is a bit of a façade, they'll match any offer up to the max for Brandon Ingram which will eat up all of their cap space.  They'll be able to fill around the edges, but I think they see the lineup they have listed, plus Ingram, as their starters moving forward.  A healthy and full off-season of Zion will do them wonders come seasons beginning next year.  They certainly need to add some depth and will likely sniff around what they could get for Holiday and Redick.  Redick is expiring next year and would be a valuable piece to a team that's contending and a bit cash strapped while Holiday has next year and a player option for the following year.  Holiday will be at his max value next summer as he may opt out hoping for one last decent contract by opting out of his final year.  They need a more prolific scorer on the perimeter next to Ingram and Zion, but they're not going to be in any rush to dump any of their veteran players.  They have a load of draft picks up coming from the Anthony Davis trade and could package them together to put together a nice trade package.
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Minnesota Timberwolves-
Projected Cap Space-$19M
Free Agents-Malik Beasley, Juan Hernangomez, Evan Turner
Caveats-James Johnson-$16M player option, Jaylen Nowell, Jarred Vanderbilt and Naz Reid-$1.6M NG deals

Roster-
PG-D'Angelo Russell
SG-Josh Okogie, Jacob Evans, Jaylen Nowell
SF-Jarrett Culver, Jake Layman
PF-Omari Spellman, James Johnson, Jarred Vanderbilt
C-Karl Anthony-Towns, Naz Reid

Draft-own both 2020 picks, + BKN's 2020 1st

Overview-
The Wolves have been obsessed with pairing Towns with Russell since last year when they tried to acquire him prior to GS doing so in and sign and trade.  They ultimately got him at the deadline for Wiggins, and both MIN's 2021 draft picks.  It was a bit of a steep asking price, considering MIN isn't exactly playoff bound year after year and draft picks are valuable in their position, but they do own BKN's pick this year which is nearly a wash.  Russell, at this point in their careers, is a more effective player than Wiggins and fits a better team profile alongside Towns, but both are notoriously bad defensive players.  The rest of their roster is extremely young.  Only James Johnson has more than 5 years of NBA experience and the next veteran player is Jake Layman.  They also acquired Beasley and Hernangomez at the deadline, both of whom are RFA's who I'd anticipate MIN keeping, especially Beasley.  They're slotted, right now, for the 3rd and 17th pick in the draft between their own and BKN's pick.  What they do with those picks will be extremely important to their re-build.  By acquiring Russell, they at least pacified Towns for the time being and keep him from being the next big star that wants a trade.  But they need to start working quickly and building a formidable team.  Their cap space will be eaten up by re-signing Beasley and Hernangomez with a little money left over to fill in the cracks.  They are still a long way off from playoff contention, let alone contending at all and their ceiling right now is reliant on a Russell and Towns pairing which has a ceiling of its own well short of contention.

Sacramento Kings-
Projected Cap Space-$19M
Free Agents-Bogdan Bogdanovic, Harry Giles, Alex Len, Kent Bazemore, Yogi Ferrell
Caveats-Jabari Parker-$6.5M player option, Nemanja Bjelica-$7.1M NG deal

Roster-
PG-De'Aaron Fox, Cory Joseph
SG-Buddy Hield
SF-Harrison Barnes, Justin James
PF-Marvin Bagley, Nemanja Bjelica
C-Richaun Holmes

Draft-own both of their own picks, DET's 2020 2nd rd pick, MIA or HOU's 2020 2nd rd pick

Breakdown-
Several years in a row now, SAC has spent big money in free agency trying to re-tool.  It started a few years ago bringing in George Hill and Zach Randolph, both of which were traded for expirings the same year.  Last year, they spent big, yet short term money on Cory Joseph, Yogi Ferrell, Dewayne Dedmon, Richaun Holmes and Trevor Ariza, with only Joseph as their lone FA signing remaining-and he only stuck around because they massively overpaid for him.  Surprisingly, Richaun Holmes, the best value signing at $5M per year, was their best player for them of the group.  But their free agency signings left riffs among the team.  On top of Willie Cauley-Stein and Harry Giles, they signed Dedmon and Holmes to give them four centers which didn't even begin to touch on Bagley and Bjelica also in the front court.  It left an odd man out-Dedmon, who was unhappy the whole year and was eventually traded, as was WCS.  Buddy Hield begrudgingly took on a 6th man role behind Bogdanovic who became one of the hottest names on the trade market.  Instead of capitalizing on Bogdanovic and Bjelica at the deadline, they chose to hang on to both and it seems as though they're going to overspend again to keep Bogdanovic and likely end up in a trade request for Hield.  Bagley missed a big chunk of the season due to injuries, so they were left without one of their best players, yet they still underperformed.  SAC is now stuck in no man's land as they're stuck around the 12th pick in the draft with a nearly capped out roster who's talented enough to win games, but nowhere near good enough to even be considered for the playoffs.

Memphis Grizzlies-
Projected Cap Space-$2M
Free Agents-DeAnthony Melton, Josh Jackson
Caveats-None

Roster-
PG-Ja Morant, Tyus Jones
SG-Dillon Brooks, Grayson Allen, Marko Guduric
SF-Justise Winslow, Kyle Anderson
PF-Jaren Jackson Jr, Brandon Clarke, Jontay Porter
C-Jonas Valanciunas, Gorgui Dieng

Draft-own 1st rd pick to BOS (top 6 protected), own 2nd rd pick to CHI, UTA's 1st rd pick (protected 1-6, 15-30), PHX's 2nd rd pick

Breakdown-
MEM has a young, exciting core in Morant, JJJ, Clarke and Brooks, but without their own pick this year (likely conveys to BOS) and no cap space, they're likely stuck with this team for next season before they can really be movers in 2021.  In 2021, they could decline team options on Winslow and Allen to clear $17M in cap space, on top of their $35M in cap space they'll already have depending on salary cap numbers.  MEM was a bright stop this season and if the season can re-start, they'll likely end up as the 8th seed, a feel good story for a franchise that looked to be headed in the wrong direction a year ago.  The one move MEM could make is packaging Valanciunas with a young player like Allen and UTA's future 1st (not likely to convey until 2022) for another piece, but Valaciunas has been really good for them.  The problem he creates is he clogs the center of the floor for a team that could be a 5-out candidate surrounding their talented young stars in Morant and JJJ with space and freedom to work.  Winslow was a great buy low candidate, he's working on essentially a 1 yr, $13M contract.  If he can get healthy, he has a high ceiling as a point-forward, but his health has been non-existent for several years.  Clarke has been so good for them, and in these times, it is entirely possible they move JJJ to the 5 and Clarke to the starting 4 with how big their roster is already.
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Washington Wizards-
Projected Cap Space-$14M
Free Agents-Davis Bertans, Shabazz Napier, Ian Mahinmi
Caveats-Isaac Bonga-$1.6M NG deal

Roster-
PG-John Wall, Ish Smith
SG-Bradley Beal, Jerome Robinson
SF-Troy Brown, Isaac Bonga, Admiral Schofield
PF-Rui Hachimura
C-Thomas Bryant, Mo Wagner

Draft-Incoming-CHI 2nd rd pick, Outgoing-2nd rd pick to NOP

Breakdown-The Wizards were widely predicted to be one of the bottom 2 teams in the league this season and miraculously, were 9th in the East, 5.5 games out of the 8th seed.  While it was bad for their re-build with a potential top pick, it certainly showed good signs for their future.  John Wall has been out a year and a half and should return, it's just a matter of how healthy and NBA ready he'll be when he gets back.  WAS desperately needs him to be good, because he's owed $130M over the next 3 seasons which would be crippling if he's a shell of himself.  Beal absolutely destroyed this year and put any trade speculation on a big pause unless he wants out, which he doesn't seem to want.  How they managed to be so good beyond him is beyond me.  They had bit players playing above average and played by platoon.  Bryant/Mahinmi/Wagner at center was a platoon that managed pretty well.  Hachimura came in very NBA ready and looks to be a steady contributor.  But WAS needs more help on the perimeter, especially spacing the floor and playing defense.  Davis Bertans was a sneaky good pick up for them and was one of the best shooters in the league.  He'll be a free agent with a ton of suitors, but with WAS holding onto him beyond the deadline leads me to believe they'll try to keep him.  He'll be looking for big, long term money though, as he's bounced around the last 2 years.  

Oklahoma City Thunder-
Projected Cap Space-$10M
Free Agents-Danilo Gallinari, Andre Roberson, Nerlens Noel
Caveats-Mike Muscala-$2.2M PO, Abdel Nader-$1.7M team option, Hamidou Diallo and Deonte Burton-$1.6M team option

Roster-
PG-Chris Paul, Dennis Schroeder
SG-Shai Gilgeous Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Deonte Burton
SF-Terrance Ferguson, Abdel Nader
PF-Darius Bazley, Mike Muscala, Isaiah Roby
C-Steven Adams

Draft-Incoming-DEN 1st rd pick, Outgoing-1st rd pick to PHI (top 20 protected)

Breakdown-
The Thunder put together a roster that seemed to have a shelf life of a few months.  It seemed like anyone and everyone, aside from SGA, was going to be available via trade.  But they didn't fall in love with any offers and stuck with the roster they had, likely settling for a low lottery pick and re-building with their draft capital.  Instead, they currently sit 5th in the West, one notch ahead of HOU which is incredible, and it looks like they may keep the same roster together for the forseeable future.  Unless they get blown away by a Chris Paul deal, I think they keep him.  But CP3 played so well this season, and only having 2 years left on his contract, Paul could become very valuable in the trade market.  What's incredible is OKC is in line, right now, to have to send PHI their 1st rd pick.  If the regular season resumes at all, they could get that back if they falter.  They're at 40 wins with four other teams at 39 or 40 wins.  If those teams jump them, they would get their pick back.  Having two 1sts, regardless of whether they're late 1sts, would be valuable to them.  Schroeder has also turned himself around quite a bit and become a 6th man of the year candidate.  So if OKC wants to, they could certainly trade Paul and Schroeder and re-build pretty quickly, considering they have control of 6 other 1st rd picks aside their own, and 4 pick swaps in the future.  Gallinari is going to be expensive to retain but they could get him back by going over the cap and continue with what they have, but they desperately need more shooting and playmaking on the perimeter and inside.
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Chicago Bulls-
Projected Cap Space-$9M
Free Agents-Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine, Shaq Harrison
Caveats-Otto Porter-$28M player option

Roster-
PG-Tomas Satoransky, Coby White, Ryan Arcidiacano
SG-Zach LaVine
SF-Otto Porter, Chandler Hutchison
PF-Lauri Markkanen, Thad Young
C-Wendell Carter Jr, Daniel Gafford, Luke Kornet, Cristiano Felicio

Draft-Outgoing-2nd rd pick to WAS

Overview-
The Bulls went into free agency last summer with the idea of spending on veterans to fill in around their young team by spending big on Satoransky and Thad Young.  They gave below par performances, as did the rest of the team, and they suffered as a result.  Some of their issues are with coaching.  Jim Boylan is a terrible coach who has worn out his welcome very quickly.  I'd be shocked to see him back.  The lone bright spots for CHI was LaVine scoring in bunches and Coby White being good, albeit, not a PG.  They have a lot of offensive oriented players who don't share the ball along with Markkanen and Carter who are hampered by coaching.  Short of a major change, like a Zach LaVine trade, the Bulls are likely to enter next season with a similar roster, sans a rookie 1st rd pick.  They'll settle right around the 7th pick where they could pick up a forward who could help them take the place of Porter or Thad Young.  They'll likely not make any grand moves yet as they'll have max cap space in 2021, a big draw for them, but they'll also have Markkanen entering free agency.  He's been up and down and had a bad year, so a contract year may motivate him.
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Portland Trailblazers-
Projected Cap Space-$17M
Free Agents-Hassan Whiteside, Carmelo Anthony, Caleb Swanigan, Wenyen Gabriel
Caveats-Trevor Ariza-$12.8 NG deal ($1.8M guaranteed), Rodney Hood-$6M player option

Roster-
PG-Damian Lillard, Anfernee Simons
SG-CJ McCollum, Gary Trent
SF-Rodney Hood, Mario Hezonja
PF-Zach Collins, Nassir Little
C-Jusuf Nurkic

Draft-Outgoing-2nd rd pick to BKN (protected picks 31-55)

Breakdown-
For several years, the Blazers have always been a 3rd-6th seed, always falling well short of a WCF trip.  There has been a lot of talk of a tear down with a CJ McCollum trade to try to build around Lillard, but it's never came to fruition.  Lillard and McCollum both signed big extensions in recent years to lock them for the next 4-5 years respectively.  Instead, they've made numerous trades, constantly swapping bad salary for bad salary and covering for past mistakes while drafting decently well in the middle to late rounds.  They now have some good young players in Simons, Trent and Little to provide them depth, but they were decimated by injuries this year losing Hood and Nurkic, then Collins forcing them into a Whiteside trade and Carmelo signing.  Now they sit 9th in the West, likely out of the playoffs even if the regular season resumed as they're 3.5 games out of the 8th seed.  While much can be blamed on injuries, this has to be a huge black eye for the franchise who had their eyes set on a middle seed in the playoffs with Nurkic returning for a stretch run.  Instead, they'll pick in the lottery for the first time in eons.  They'll have a decent pick and some cap space when they waive Ariza and eat his $1.8M guarantee.  They need to desperately bolster their front court next to Nurkic as Collins doesn't seem to be a long term answer.  Jerami Grant or Marcus Morris would be a good pick up for them early in FA and then fill in the gaps.  They need Hood to stay healthy which he has had a tough time doing.  When he's healthy, he's REALLY good for them.  When he went down, they had to play a 3-guard lineup and a lot of Mario Hezonja, so depth will be targeted as well.
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Denver Nuggets-
Projected Cap Space-$7M
Free Agents-Paul Millsap, Mason Plumlee, Torrey Craig, Noah Vonleh, Troy Daniels
Caveats-Jerami Grant-$9.3M player option, Monte Morris, Keita Bates-Diop, Vlatko Cancar-NG minimum deals

Roster-
PG-Jamal Murray, Monte Morris
SG-Will Barton, Gary Harris, Vlatko Cancar
SF-Michael Porter Jr, Keita Bates-Diop
PF-NONE
C-Nikola Jokic

Draft-Incoming-HOU 1st rd pick, Outgoing-1st rd pick to OKC, 2nd rd pick to BKN

Breakdown-
The Nuggets sat comfortably in 3rd place before the suspension which is where they've been for awhile.  They've always been a second tier team in the West, never really able to get over the hump.  DEN has made some really good moves over the years-they traded their 1st this year to OKC for Jerami Grant who was really good for them, their GM is a cap expert, always putting them right up to the luxury tax without going over, got Michael Porter Jr, re-signed some guys to good contracts and so on.  But they're going to have to be REALLY good this off-season.  They lose three of their top four front court rotation guys this summer.  With Millsap falling off and facing 35, he may not return and if he does, it should be for very minimal, Plumlee is a good backup, but for what they were paying him ($12M per year) it was money not well-spent and Grant likely opts out for a bigger, longer contract and he'll have many suitors.  DEN will have some money to work with and they won't have to do much except upgrade their frontcourt.  Murray, Barton, Porter Jr, Harris and Morris is a good rotation 1-3.  But DEN has been very active always looking for trades, including Gary Harris, but they don't have a ton of assets to throw in.  The appeal of Harris, including his rookie year, has always been really good, but he hasn't stayed healthy and when he has been periodically healthy, he's been a bad shooter.  Barton always wants to play more and he deserves too, but he's such a hot and cold player.  They could package one of those two or both, along with HOU's 1st rd pick to upgrade, but if they stand pat in their backcourt, they'll spend most of their money on their front court.

Dallas Mavericks-
Projected Cap Space-$7M
Free Agents-Courtney Lee, JJ Barea
Caveats-Tim Hardaway Jr-$19.6M player option, Willie Cauley-Stein-$2.2M player option

Roster-
PG-Jalen Brunson
SG-Tim Hardaway Jr, Seth Curry, Delon Wright
SF-Luka Doncic, Dorian Finney-Smith, Justin Jackson
PF-Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber
C-Willie Cauley-Stein, Dwight Powell, Boban Marjanovic

Draft-Incoming-2nd rd pick from GS, Outgoing-2nd rd pick to GS

Breakdown-
The Mavericks made a lot of roster moves last summer, spending a ton of money when they had near max cap space.  After not being able to land any top free agents, they filled out their roster spending pretty big on Seth Curry, Delon Wright and extending Powell and Kleber.  They won't have much cap room next summer, but they're right in the thick of things in the West.  They currently sit at 40 wins, good for 7th in the West, but only 3 games back from the 3rd seed.  Doncic missing a few games hurt them and with him, they could be in the top half.  With that said, they won't have much cap room this summer, but they won't need much.  They have a relatively full roster already if they chose to maintain what they have.  They'll enter next season with Hardaway Jr as a big expiring contract and they also own their 2020 1st rd pick.  They can't trade the pick until after they've drafted because they owe NYK their 2021 1st, but they could certainly make upgrades.  Porzingis was really turning it on in the second half of the season, Luka is a top 5 MVP candidate and they get good contributions from the rest of their roster.  However, they need a more defensive minded wing.  Finney-Smith has carved himself out a nice role, Wright can defend bigger guards, but they could really capitalize on the trade market this summer.  They'll be looking towards the summer of 2021 as their big target as they'll have near max cap space again with only Hardaway Jr as a big loss in free agency.  Luka will be up for extension in the summer of 21' when an extension would kick in in 22', so the time to strike would be next summer, so I don't expect them to spend wildly or tie up their cap space in short-sighted moves.

San Antonio Spurs-
Projected Cap Space- -$2M/+$25M
Free Agents-Demar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, Bryn Forbes, Marco Belinelli
Caveats-Demar DeRozan-$27.7M player option, Trey Lyles-$5.5M NG contract ($1M guaranteed), Chimezie Metu-$1.6M NG deal

Roster-
PG-DeJounte Murray, Patty Mills
SG-Derrick White, Lonnie Walker
SF-Keldon Johnson
PF-Rudy Gay, Luka Samanic
C-Lamarcus Aldridge, Chimezie Metu

Draft-own all 2020 draft picks

Breakdown-
The Spurs have been stuck in this transition period since the Kawhi saga.  When Kawhi demanded a trade, they opted to re-tool quickly by adding DeRozan and Poeltl instead of stockpiling draft picks and young players.  They had a surplus of 1st rd draft picks and have acquired Walker, Johnson and Samanic in the past two years.  The jury is still very much out on Johnson and Samanic as they both combined to play 12 games last year, all in less than 10 minutes and never in any meaningful capacity.  Walker has much higher potential as an explosive combo guard.  They have two established young guards in Murray and White who are good young players who can play multiple positions.  The rest of the roster is veterans on final years of their contract.  Aldridge, Gay and Mills make up a vast majority of their salary and I'm sure won't be happy with a re-build situation, but it remains to be seen how SA will proceed.  DeRozan wants an extension but it doesn't seem like SA is headed in the same direction which could lead to DeRozan opting out and becoming an UFA likely signing elsewhere.  In such a weak wing free agent class, he may be best suited to enter free agency to get one last big, long term contract.  The Spurs SHOULD go for a youth movement.  But Poppovich has never coached in such a scenario and doesn't seem willing to do so by evidence of the Kawhi/DeRozan trade.  The Spurs would be slotted for the 11th pick in the draft.  They could go a multitude of directions-package the pick along with a young player (White or Murray) and an expiring vet (Gay or Mills) and re-tool, sell off their veterans or go for full youth movement and trade all of their vets.  Aldridge is going to be 35 in July, but he's still a highly effective center and has expanded his game to the 3P line making him ultra valuable, especially on an expiring contract.  If DeRozan enters FA, they'll be flush with cap space this summer and even moreso in 2021.  They'd be best to trade their veterans, acquire expiring contracts, picks and young players and re-build now, then enter 21' free agency with Murray locked up relatively long term on cheap money along with Walker, Samanic and Johnson.

Los Angeles Clippers-
Projected Cap Space-$2M
Free Agents-Montrezl Harrell, Marcus Morris, Reggie Jackson, Patrick Patterson
Caveats-JaMychal Green-$5M player option

Roster-
PG-Patrick Beverley
SG-Lou Williams, Landry Shamet, Rodney McGruder
SF-Paul George, Terrance Mann
PF-Kawhi Leonard, JaMychal Green
C-Ivica Zubac, Mfiondu Kabengele

Draft-Incoming-NONE, Outgoing-1st rd pick to NYK

Breakdown-
The jury is out on how the Clippers will handle FA this summer.  If they were to win a championship, or make the Finals, it would be likely they stay relatively unchanged, re-sign Harrell and give it another go with a fully healthy team including Paul George.  If they fell well short, were bounced before the Finals and their lack of size became an issue, the Clippers would go a different route.  Harrell is barely 6'6", and when they play Kawhi/George as their forwards, they can get decimated on the inside especially against their conference rivals currently in the Lakers.  Zubac can't close games or defend to the perimeter, so falling short would mean some turnover.  But the Clippers don't have much way to improve their roster via draft or free agency.  They don't own their 1st round pick and don't have cap space to sign anyone aside from a few exceptions and that's all before re-signing Harrell or Morris.  They do have some options though.  They could package Shamet, Green's expiring and a young player like Kabengele to try to improve their front court or PG position, or they could re-sign Harrell and look to add veterans looking to catch on in a ring chasing capacity. Regardless, they're tough to predict at this point, but whatever they do, they need to be careful in doing so, because George and Kawhi can both opt out and become UFA's after next season.  If that were to happen, and with all the draft capital they sent out in the George trade, it could be catastrophic for LAC's future.

Los Angeles Lakers-
Projected Cap Space- -$5M
Free Agents-Dwight Howard, Markieff Morris, Jared Dudley
Caveats-Anthony Davis-$28M player option, Kentavious Caldwell Pope-$8.5M player option, Quinn Cook-$3M NG deal ($1M guaranteed), Rajon Rondo-$2.6M player option

Roster-
PG-Alex Caruso
SG-Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker
SF-Lebron James, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
PF-Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma
C-JaVale McGee

Draft-Incoming-NONE, Outgoing-2nd rd pick to PHI

Breakdown-
It's hard to imagine LAL making any meaningful, sweeping changes considering they were on pace for 60+ wins and closing the distance on MIL for the top record prior to the suspension.  Davis likely opts out of his contract and extends on a max deal this summer which closes down any inkling of cap space they could see.  KCP likely accepts his player option.  Cook and Rondo might be back, I can't imagine Rondo finds anything bigger or more long term than the minimum player option he has, but it's a matter of whether he likes the situation there.  With Caruso and Rondo, Cook has been the odd man out, so they could trim fat around the edges and save $2M by releasing him prior to his guarantee date.  Howard is a free agent and they released Demarcus Cousins mid-season leaving them thin up front.  Howard was very good for them having a resurgent year, and I'm sure he'll be looking for bigger money than LAL might be willing to offer.  They could offer him the MLE to stick around, but would that be smart money to spend when he'd likely split time with McGee and Davis at center again?  They might be better suited to find a more permanent fit at PG.  Goran Dragic or Shabazz Napier might be better fits for their money at PG next season.  Regardless, they're on track for a Finals appearance and there likely isn't going to be big changes for them next summer.  
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Not a free agency question Cameron - but I see the Chinese league - when they resume - will bring all teams to a handful of locations and play a round robin format.  Keeping the players isolated and not in front of fans.  It would seem the NBA would follow this type of format if they have any hope of finishing the season.  Any thoughts on how that would look??
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Not a free agency question Cameron - but I see the Chinese league - when they resume - will bring all teams to a handful of locations and play a round robin format.  Keeping the players isolated and not in front of fans.  It would seem the NBA would follow this type of format if they have any hope of finishing the season.  Any thoughts on how that would look??


Given California's situation and predicted late May peak...it may be their only option.
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Not a free agency question Cameron - but I see the Chinese league - when they resume - will bring all teams to a handful of locations and play a round robin format.  Keeping the players isolated and not in front of fans.  It would seem the NBA would follow this type of format if they have any hope of finishing the season.  Any thoughts on how that would look??


I think this would be their last resort.  I don't see a full on cancellation of the season in nearly any capacity.  Their #1 option is to wait this out and hope they can extend the season into fall and re-arrange the schedule for next season and possibly for the foreseeable future.
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