It is never too early to talk free agency. The 2013 free-agency period will be an important for many teams, especially the ones who really have the cash to make things happen.
While 2013 is no 2010 in terms of big-name free agents, it is an important year both for a few superstars and many NBA teams. While teams like Oklahoma City, Los Angeles and Miami have their primary payrolls set for years to come, there are many teams that still have major cap flexibility to make big offseason moves.
Those teams should be the movers and shakers of the 2013 free agency period. While many of them have been bottom-dwellers recently, a few of them appear poised to breakout as a contender before long. Making a big 2013 free agent splash can only help.
Before we begin, here is a quick explanation of the basic numbers in play here:
The NBA salary cap is currently at $58.044 million for the 2012-13 NBA season, with a luxury tax threshold of $70.307 million. That basically means that teams can spend up to the $70 million mark without paying a penalty. Higher than that, and they will have to pay a $1 tax for each dollar they spend above that mark. Those numbers will likely remain the same (or be similar) for the 2013-14 season. We will assume that for the sake of being able to specifically discuss the financial situations of these franchises in that season.
All salary and payroll statistics courtesy of ShamSports.com