NBA teams are gearing up for the free-agency period which begins on July 1. Each franchise has a dream scenario in which it lands the top stars available, but ultimately most must hone in on players they can realistically sign and are a good fits for their team.
Finances play a crucial role in determining which players general managers will pursue. It is important to consider how much room teams have under the salary cap or whether they are capped out, as well as their future financial situation.
If a team is over the cap, has it passed the luxury tax threshold? Does it have the mid-level exception at its disposal or just the "mini" mid-level? Does the general manager work for an owner who is willing to pay a luxury tax?
Next, it is essential to consider the team's needs. What positions do they need to shore up, and which of the players available would fit into their style of play.
The contract status of individual players is also an integral part of the free-agency process. Teams have the opportunity to match an offer sheet signed by their restricted free agents, whereas unrestricted free agents are free to sign with whichever team they choose. Some players have the right to opt out of their contracts, and in other cases, the team has the option of whether or not to retain the player.
Athletes have different priorities when searching for a new team. Many simply sign with the one that offers them the most money. However, certain ballplayers are more concerned with other factors, such as their role on the team, the opportunity to win and the location of the franchise.
* All salary information was obtained from Hoopsworld.com