The NBA is a cutthroat league—a fact that will be particularly evident during the upcoming week.
That's when teams around the Association will have to make tough calls on players with currently non-guaranteed contracts. In order for the unfortunate castoffs to clear waivers by the Jan. 10 deadline, teams will have to make decisions regarding their contract by Jan. 7 at 5 p.m. ET.
If those players remain on their current rosters beyond that deadline, their contracts will be fully guaranteed for the rest of the 2013-14 season. With so many professional futures hanging in the balance, it's no surprise that there's high tension running throughout the league right now.
When teams send players packing, they don't do so mean-spiritedly; they do it for practical purposes. Money saved by cutting loose non-guaranteed talent can help avoid a luxury-tax penalty, or it can even be used to sign some new blood to a 10-day contract.
As you might expect, there aren't any enormous names among the potential cuts this year. But there are a huge number of rotation players whose fates will be decided on Jan. 7. Some of these guys are perfectly safe, while others should probably have their bags packed.
Here's a breakdown of every NBA club's potential waiver candidates and the most difficult decision in each situation.
*All salary information courtesy of Shamsports.com, unless otherwise indicated.