The deadline has become about far more than acquiring players. It is just as much about stockpiling assets such as draft picks and expiring contracts or unloading players with long-term deals.
With that in mind, we have compiled a list of veteran players who have either partial or no guarantees on one or more years of their current contracts which may make them attractive to teams looking to gain financial flexibility or shed future payroll.
For example, Brooklyn Nets guard Jarrett Jack appears to have two years remaining on the four-year, $25 million deal he signed with Cleveland in the summer of 2013. However, the 2016-17 season is guaranteed at just $500,000, meaning the Nets – or a team that acquires him – can pay him that money and erase $6.3 million from their books for that season.
We did not list players on rookie deals who have partial or no guarantees because most second-round picks or undrafted free agents have some sort of skill protection clause in his contract. We also did not list veterans with deals in the $1 million range because teams have shown that they are willing to waive those players regardless of cost.
This list also does not include players whose contracts have a season at a team option. That is different than skill protection, which usually accounts for a portion of the money. If you want to know which teams have options on which players, use our team salary index, which is entirely up to date.
So who has players with attractive buyouts for the immediate future and this summer? Take a good look at the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and Orlando Magic, who have multiple players who fit the bill.
Here’s the entire list.
ATLANTA HAWKS: Mike Scott no guarantee on $3.33 million in 2016-17; Shelvin Mack no guarantee on $2.43 million in 2016-17
BOSTON CELTICS: None
BROOKLYN NETS: Jarrett Jack $500,000 guarantee on $6.3 million in 2016-17
CHARLOTTE HORNETS: None
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: Brendan Haywood no guarantee on $10.52 million in 2015-16; Anderson Varejao $9.36 million guarantee on $10.36 million in 2016-17; Anderson Varejao no guarantee on $10 million in 2017-18
DALLAS MAVERICKS: Devin Harris $1.34 million guarantee on $4.4 million in 2017-18
DENVER NUGGETS: Randy Foye no guarantee on $3.15 million in 2015-16; Wilson Chandler $2 million guarantee on $7.17 million in 2015-16
DETROIT PISTONS: Caron Butler no guarantee on $4.5 million in 2015-16; Anthony Tolliver $400,000 guarantee on $3 million in 2015-16
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: Shaun Livingston $3 million guarantee on $5.78 million in 2016-17
HOUSTON ROCKETS: None
INDIANA PACERS: C.J. Miles no guarantee on $4.77 million in 2017-18
LOS ANGELES LAKERS: None
MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: Jon Leuer no guarantee on $1.04 million in 2015-16; Beno Udrih $920,000 guarantee on $2.17 million in 2015-16; Vince Carter $2 million guarantee on $4.3 million in 2016-17
MIAMI HEAT: Shawne Williams no guarantee on $1.36 million in 2015-16
MILWAUKEE BUCKS: Ersan Ilyasova $400,000 guarantee on $8.4 million in 2016-17
MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: None
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS: None
NEW YORK KNICKS: Pablo Prigioni $290,000 on $1.73 million in 2015-16
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: Anthony Morrow no guarantee on $3.49 million in 2016-17
ORLANDO MAGIC: Ben Gordon no guarantee on $4.5 million in 2015-16; Luke Ridnour no guarantee on $2.75 million in 2015-16
PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: None
PHOENIX SUNS: P.J. Tucker $1.5 million guarantee on $5.3 million in 2016-17
SACRAMENTO KINGS: Jason Thompson $2.65 million guarantee on $6.83 million in 2016-17
SAN ANTONIO SPURS: Boris Diaw $3 million guarantee on $6.5 million in 2016-17; no guarantee on $7 million in 2017-18
TORONTO RAPTORS: None
UTAH JAZZ: Trevor Booker $250,000 guarantee on $4.78 million in 2015-16
WASHINGTON WIZARDS: Martell Webster $2.5 million on $5.85 million in 2016-17; Kris Humphries no guarantee on $4.63 million in 2016-17; DeJuan Blair no guarantee on $2 million in 2016-17