Cleveland Cavaliers: Salary Cap Space 2020

by October 14, 2020
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Andre Drummond of the Cleveland Cavaliers

We’ve summarized what Cleveland Cavaliers fans can expect from their squad in terms of salary cap space this offseason. Below you’ll find lists of the players expected back on the roster, the team’s potential free agents and a number of insights about questions the franchise will face before the 2021 campaign.

In addition to a summary for each of the 30 teams (accessible in the link grid below), we’ve also tiered the top NBA free agents league-wide and published a general comparison of all teams’ cap space. Follow @SLAMnewswire on Twitter for constant offseason updates as we head into free agency.

Projected Roster Players

Jordan Bell$1,762,796Non-Guaranteed
Andre Drummond$28,751,775UFA, PO
Dante Exum$9,600,000Guaranteed
Darius Garland$6,720,720Guaranteed
Kevin Love$31,2586,256Guaranteed
Alfonzo McKinnie$1,762,796Non-Guaranteed
Matt MooneyTwo-WaySecond Year 2W
Larry Nance Jr.$11,709,091Guaranteed
Cedi Osman$8,840,580Guaranteed
Kevin Porter Jr.$1,717,981Guaranteed
Collin Sexton$4,991,880Guaranteed
Dean Wade$1,517,981Non-Guaranteed
Dylan Windler$2,137,440Guaranteed

Projected Free Agents

Matthew Dellavedova$14,411,250Cap Hold – UFA
Channing Frye$1,620,564Cap Hold – UFA
Nik Stauskas$1,620,564Cap Hold – UFA
Tristan Thompson$27,808,965Cap Hold – UFA
Ante Zizic$3,872,215Cap Hold – UFA

Dead Money

J.R. Smith$1,446,667

2020 NBA Draft Picks

2020 Pick #5$6,400,920

Exceptions Available

  • Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception – $9,258,000
  • Bi-Annual Exception – $3,623,000

Key Offseason Decisions

  • Does Andre Drummond stick to the plan of opting in? When the NBA was on hiatus, Drummond read the uncertain market and said he was going to opt in. That still remains the most likely course of action.
  • Will Jordan Bell or Dean Wade stick? When the NBA resumed operations following the pause, the Cavs first moves were to sign Bell and Wade to non-guaranteed deals. Both were future-looking moves, so expect them both to go to camp with Cleveland.

Projected Team Salary

$169,407,868

If Andre Drummond opts out, the Cavaliers could get to about $21.6M in cap space. However, it looks like Drummond will play it safe and opt in. That means Cleveland is likely to bring all their non-guaranteed players back and to retain their rights for their free agents. (@KeithSmithNBA)

Cap Space Forecast

-$60,267,868 (28th out of 30). $26,772,037 under the Luxury Tax.


Team Salary Cap Outlooks

AtlanticCentralSoutheast
BostonChicagoAtlanta
BrooklynClevelandCharlotte
New YorkDetroitMiami
PhiladelphiaIndianaOrlando
TorontoMilwaukeeWashington
NorthwestPacificSouthwest
DenverGolden StateDallas
MinnesotaLA ClippersMemphis
Oklahoma LA LakersNew Orleans
PortlandPhoenixHouston
UtahSacramentoSan Antonio
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