11 categories which define the NBA’s Free Agent Class of Summer 2014

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In a recent email chat with my NBA buddies I was asked who were going to be the NBA’s available free agents in Summer 2014– for when the Lakers are supposedly making a push for the post-Kobe Bryant era. It’s not such a simple question given restricted vs. unrestricted statuses, etc. So I put together a comprehensive financial guide of all the NBA players and their upcoming statues.

I created a detailed spreadsheet has all the specifics I gleaned from HoopsHype’s NBA salaries pages, and it’s free to check out here:  http://bit.ly/UoUGGZ

Just for reference here are the 11 categories and 2-5 examples of the highest paid players in each segment:

1.  Free Agent if team doesn’t extend Qualifying Offer for 2014-15:

  • John Wall
  • Evan Turner
  • Derrick Favors
  • DeMarcus Cousins 

2.  Not available as a Free Agent, under contract beyond the 2013-14 season:

  • Amare Stoudemire
  • Joe Johnson
  • Kevin Durant
  • Blake Griffin
  • Deron Williams

3.  Player Option for 2013-14 then Unrestricted Free Agent, or can be Free Agent for the 2013-14 season:

  • Andre Iguodala
  • Ben Gordon
  • Hidayet Turkoglu
  • Richard Jefferson
  • Monta Ellis

4.  Player Option for 2014-15, else Unrestricted Free Agent in Summer 2014:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • LeBron James
  • Chris Bosh
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Rudy Gay

5.  Team Option for 2013-14 AND 2014-15:

  • Robin Lopez
  • DeShawn Stevenson
  • Aleksandar Pavlovic
  • Willie Green

6.  Team Option for 2013-14 then Unrestricted Free Agent, else Free Agent earlier:

  • Francisco Garcia
  • Richard Hamilton
  • Hakim Warrick
  • Carlos Delfino
  • Greg Stiemsma

7.  Team Option for 2014-15, else Unrestricted Free Agent in Summer 2014:

  • Anderson Varejao
  • Jameer Nelson
  • John Salmons
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anthony Davis

8.  Team Qualifying Offer for 2013-14 possible then Restricted Free Agent for 2 yrs (only 2 players):

  • Kawhi Leonard
  • Cory Joseph

9.  Team Qualifying Offer for 2013-14 possible then Unrestricted Free Agent, else Free Agent earlier:

  • Tyreke Evans
  • Tiago Splitter
  • Brandon Jennings
  • Gerald Henderson
  • Tyler Hansbrough

10.  Unrestricted Free Agent after 2013-14, no additional variables:

  • Kobe Bryant
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Pau Gasol
  • Paul Pierce
  • Emeka Okafor

11.  Unknown, might be signed earlier or out of the league:

  • Gilbert Arenas
  • Brandon Roy
  • Andray Blatche
  • Josh Childress
  • Brendan Haywood

Thoughts??

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