The Bulls, Nets, Knicks, and Heat might have a boat load of cap space to spend on top players this season.
But not every team has the same luxury to spend on top-tier players like LeBron, Bosh, and Wade.
For teams with limited or no cap space looking to spice things up during free agency, the mid-level exception can be used.
The exception allows a team over the cap to sign a player to the average league salary. The average will be around $5.8 million a year for the upcoming season.
Top contenders with no room to make moves could find themselves signing a player to it. Look for teams like the Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, or Spurs to use such a move.
Without further ado, here are the top players available at the mid-level exception level this free agency period.