Who is in the market? Which teams have cap space?

Kyrie Irving, James Harden and again Dennis Schröder will become free agents in early July. The class is not the best, but some stars could be up for grabs. We have summarized everything.

We also explain the most important terms such as unrestricted or restricted free agent and list who has a player or team option in their contract.

Who are the top free agents of 2023?

  • James Harden (Philadelphia 76ers, age 33, player option)
  • Kyrie Irving (Dallas Mavericks, 30 years)
  • Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors, age 33, player option)
  • Fred VanVleet (Toronto Raptors, 29 years, player option)
  • Khris Middleton (Milwaukee Bucks, 31 years, player option)
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Washington Wizards, 27 years, player option)

This player have one player option

A whopping 21 players can decide this summer whether they want to stay with their teams for another year or test the open market. Here they are at a glance.

player position Old team Salary 23/24
James Harden Point Guard 33 Philadelphia 76ers 35.6
Khris Middleton Forward 31 Milwaukee Bucks 40.4
Kristaps Porzingis center 27 Washington Wizards 36.0
Draymond Green Forward 33 Golden State Warriors 27.6
Fred VanVleet Point Guard 29 Toronto Raptors 22.8
Gary Trent Jr Guard 24 Toronto Raptors 18.6
Kyle Kuzma Forward 27 Washington Wizards 13.0
Josh Hart Guard 28 New York Knicks 13.0
Talen Horton Tucker Guard 22 Utah Jazz 11.0
Victor Oladipo Guard 30 Miami Heat 9.5
Bruce Brown Guard 26 Denver Nuggets 6.8
Danilo Gallinari Forward 34 Boston Celtics 6.8
Rudy Gay Forward 36 Utah Jazz 6.5
Donte DiVincenzo Guard 26 Golden State Warriors 4.7
Daniel House Forward 29 Philadelphia 76ers 4.3
Derrick Jones Jr. Forward 26 Chicago Bulls 3.4
Andrew Drummond center 29 Chicago Bulls 3.4
Montrezl Harrell center 29 Philadelphia 76ers 2.8
Damien Jones center 27 Utah Jazz 2.6
Jordan Clarkson Guard 30 Utah Jazz 14.3
Otto Porter Jr. Forward 29 Toronto Raptors 6.3

These players have a team option

The various teams have until June 29th to make a decision on whether they would like to retain their players for another year from the players listed below.

player position Old team Salary 23/24
Malik Beasley Guard 26 Los Angeles Lakers 16.5
Derrick Rose Guard 34 New York Knicks 15.6
Mike Muscala center 31 Boston Celtics 3.5
Goga Bitadze center 23 Orlando Magic 2.1
Lindy Waters III Guard 25 Oklahoma City Thunder 1.9
Kevin Knox Forward 23 Portland Trail Blazers 3.0
Nathan Knight center 23 Minnesota Timberwolves 2.0
Michael Carter Williams Guard 31 Orlando Magic 3.1
Kessler Edwards Forward 22 Sacramento Kings 1.9
Xavier Tilman center 24 Memphis Grizzlies 1.9
Lamar Stevens Forward 25 Cleveland Cavaliers 1.9
Miles McBride Point Guard 22 New York Knicks 1.8
Naji Marshall Forward 25 New Orleans Pelicans 1.9
Alec Burks Guard 31 Detroit Pistons 10.5
Herbert Jones Forward 24 New Orleans Pelicans 1.8
Kenyon Martin Jr. Forward 22 Houston Rockets 1.9
Isaiah Livers Forward 24 Detroit Pistons 1.8
Admiral Schofield Forward 25 Orlando Magic 2.0
Ish Wainright Forward 28 Phoenix Suns 1.9

All restricted and unrestricted free agents at a glance

Here is a detailed overview of all players who will become free agents in the 2023 offseason. UFA stands for Unrestricted Free Agent, RFA for Restricted. Important, these are only the 108 players who do not have an option (team/or player) in their contract.

Atlanta hawks Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets
Aaron Holiday, G (UFA) Grant Williams, F (RFA) Seth Curry, G (UFA)
Blake Griffin, C (UFA) Cameron Johnson, F (RFA)
Yuta Watanabe, F (UFA)
Charlotte Hornets Chicago Bulls Cleveland Cavaliers
Kelly Oubre Jr., F (UFA) Nikola Vucevic, C (UFA) Caris LeVert, G (UFA)
PJ Washington, F/C (RFA) Coby White, G (RFA) Dylan Windler, F (RFA)
Svi Mykhailiuk, G (UFA) Javonte Green, G (UFA) Danny Green, F (UFA)
Dennis Smith Jr., PG (UFA) Ayo Dosunmu, G (RFA) Robin Lopez, C (UFA)
Nick Richards, C (RFA) Patrick Beverley, G (UFA) Raul Neto, PG (UFA)
Dallas Mavericks Denver Nuggets Detroit Pistons
Kyrie Irving, G (UFA) Ish Smith, PG (UFA) Hamidou Diallo, G (UFA)
Christian Wood, PF (UFA) Jeff Green, F (UFA) Cory Joseph, PG (UFA)
Dwight Powell, C (UFA) DeAndre Jordan, C (UFA) Rodney McGruder, F (UFA)
Frank Ntilikina, G (UFA) Thomas Bryant, C (UFA)
Markieff Morris, F (UFA) Reggie Jackson, G (UFA)
Theo Pinson, G (UFA)
Justin Holiday, F (UFA)
Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets Indiana Pacers
Andre Igoudala, F (UFA) Frank Kaminsky, C (UFA) George Hill, G (UFA)
JaMychal Green, F (UFA) Boban Marjanovic, C (UFA) Oshae Brissett, F (UFA)
Anthony Lamb, F (RFA) James Johnson, F (UFA)
LA Clippers Los Angeles Lakers Memphis Grizzlies
Mason Plumlee, C (UFA) D’Angelo Russell, PG (UFA) Dillon Brooks, F (UFA)
Russell Westbrook, PG (UFA) Lonnie Walker IV, G (UFA)
Wenyen Gabriel, F (UFA)
Dennis Schroeder, PG (UFA)
Troy Brown Jr., F (UFA)
Austin Reaves, G (RFA)
Miami Heat Milwaukee Bucks Minnesota Timberwolves
Kevin Love, C (UFA) Brook Lopez, C (UFA) Nickeil Alexander-Walker, G (RFA)
Udonis Haslem, C (UFA) Jae Crowder, F (UFA) Jaylen Nowell, G (UFA)
Max Strus, G (UFA) Joe Ingles, F (UFA) Naz Reid, C (UFA)
Gabe Vincent, G (UFA) Thanasis Antetokounmpo, F (UFA) Austin Rivers, G (UFA)
Ömer Yurtseven, C (RFA) Wesley Matthews, F (UFA)
Cody Zeller, C (UFA) Goran Dragic, PG (UFA)
Meyers Leonard, C (UFA)
New Orleans Pelicans New York Knicks Oklahoma City Thunder
Josh Richardson, G (UFA) Dario Saric, F (UFA)
Jaxson Hayes, C (RFA) Justin Jackson, F (UFA)
Orlando Magic Philadelphia 76ers Phoenix Suns
Moritz Wagner, C (UFA) Georges Niang, F (UFA) Torrey Craig, F (UFA)
Shake Milton, G (UFA) Darius Bazley, F (RFA)
Jalen McDaniels, F (UFA) Bismack Biyombo, C (UFA)
Paul Reed, C (RFA) TJ Warren, F (UFA)
Dewayne Dedmon, C (UFA) Damion Lee, G (UFA)
Josh Okogie, F (UFA)
Jock Landale, C (RFA)
Terrence Ross, G (UFA)
Portland Trail Blazers Sacramento Kings San Antonio Spurs
Jerami Grant, F (UFA) Harrison Barnes, F (UFA) Romeo Langford, F (RFA)
Cam Reddish, F (RFA) Terence Davis, G (UFA) Keita Bates-Diop, F (UFA)
Matisse Thybulle, F (RFA) Alex Len, C (UFA) Tre Jones, PG (RFA)
Justise Winslow, F (UFA) Trey Lyles, C (UFA) Gorgui Dieng, C (UFA)
Ryan Arcidiacono, G (UFA) Chimezie Metu, F (UFA) Sandro Mamukelashvili, C (RFA)
Drew Eubanks, C (UFA) Matthew Dellavedova, G (UFA)
Toronto Raptors Utah Jazz Washington Wizards
Jakob Pöltl, C (UFA) Udoka Azubuike, C (UFA) Kendrick Nunn, G (UFA)
Dalano Banton, G (RFA) Juan Toscano-Anderson, F (UFA) Taj Gibson, C (UFA)
Will Barton, F (UFA)

Which Teams Have Cap Space This Summer?

This question can only be answered to a limited extent, since it also depends on the decisions made by the players with their player options or teams with team options.

In our case, we assume that all prospective free agents will not be kept. The cap hold for possible first-round picks is also not taken into account. For example, the upcoming top pick can get up to $12 million for the first year. Should Houston win the draft lottery, the possible cap space would be reduced by this amount.

The teams are listed, which in theory can hand over a maximum contract. According to the estimates (it depends on how high the salary cap for the coming year really is) this starts at $33.5 million for players with a maximum of six years of experience. For seven to nine years it would be 40.2 million, for more than ten years 46.9 million dollars in the first year of the contract.

# team Possible Cap Space*
1 Houston Rockets 72.6 million
2 Orlando Magic 55.2 million
3 San Antonio Spurs 54.6 million
4 Utah Jazz 49.1 million
5 Detroit Pistons 47.0 million
6 Charlotte Hornets 43.7 million
7 Oklahoma City Thunder 40.7 million
8th Indiana Pacers 38.5 million

* Source: Spotrac

What is a sign and trade deal?

The sign-and-trade was long out of fashion, but since the Golden State Warriors’ deal with the Brooklyn Nets that brought Kevin Durant to New York and D’Angelo Russell to the Bay Area, such transactions have resurged . One benefit of this is that it allows teams with no cap space to sign free agents.

Player A signs with his old team to be immediately traded to another franchise for Player B. Of course, this requires the consent of the player.

What is an Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA)?

A player becomes an unrestricted free agent when their contract expires and there are no other options in their contract. He is free to choose which team he wants to sign with.

What is a Restricted Free Agent (RFA)?

If a player is a restricted free agent, his previous team can match any offer from another team, i.e. go with the offer of the competition. In this case, the player must remain with his previous team.

What is a qualifying offer?

The qualifying offer is an option that allows the team to make their player a restricted free agent. If the team does not do this, the player automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent.

What is an offer sheet?

If a team wants to sign a restricted free agent from another team, they must submit an offer sheet to the player. The previous team has two days after the agreement to match the offer.

Here is an overview of the most important restricted free agents of the offseason:

player (team) position Old Salary 22/23 (in million dollars)
Cam Reddish (Blazers) Forward 23 6.0
Cam Johnson (Nets) Forward 27 5.9
Matisse Thybulle (blazers) Forward 26 4.4
Grant Williams (Celtics) Forward 24 4.3
Austin Reaves (Lakers) Guard 24 1.6
Ayo Dosunmu (Bulls) Guard 23 1.6
Rui Hachimura (Lakers) Forward 25 6.3

What is a player option?

If a contract includes a player option, the player has the option to extend their contract for another season. Failure to select this option will result in the player becoming an Unrestricted Free Agent.

What is a team option?

The same applies to the team option. If this option is anchored in the contract, a team has the option of extending a player’s contract for another season. If the team does not exercise the option, the player becomes an unrestricted free agent.


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