Hoops Rumors is taking a closer look at the current situation of each NBA team, assessing which clubs still need to make some moves and which ones seem most ready for the start of training camp.
This series is intended to provide a snapshot of each team’s roster at this time, so these articles will not be updated in the coming weeks as more signings, trades, and cuts are made. You can keep an eye on our roster countdown page to keep track of team openings as opening night approaches.
We wrap up our pre-camp Roster Snapshot series today with Northwestern. Let’s dive in…
Players on guaranteed regular contracts: 15 Christian Brown, Bruce Brown, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Vlatko Kankar, Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green, Bone Hyland, Nikola Jokic, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Murray, Zeke Nanaji, Michael Porter Jr., Davon Reed, Ish Smith, Peyton Watson Players on Exhibit 10 contracts: 3 Players on two-way contracts: 2
The Nuggets don’t need to make any roster moves between now and the start of training camp. Their 15-man regular season roster appears to be set just like their respective two-way divisions — Gillespie is out with a serious leg injury, but Denver reportedly plans to hang him up while he recovers.
Players on guaranteed regular contracts: 12 Kyle Anderson, Anthony Edwards, Brian Forbes, Rudy Gobert, Jaden McDaniel, Jordan McLaughlin, Josh Minot, Wendell Moore, Taurean Prince, Naz Reed, D’Angelo Russell, Karl-Anthony Non-town players confirmed Regular Contracts: 3 Players on Exhibition 10 Contracts: 2 Players Signed to Two-Way Contracts: 2 Players Reportedly Agreed on Contracts: 1
Knight, Nowell and Rivers seem like the safest bets to join the 12 players with guaranteed salaries on the 15-man regular season roster, but that’s not set in stone just yet. The partial guarantees for Rivers ($650K) and Knight ($350K) are so modest that the Wolves could theoretically move in other directions without being on the hook for a lot of money.
However, a player like Elleby or Garza will probably need to impress in training camp and the preseason in Minnesota to make the regular season team.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Players on confirmed regular contracts: 17 Darius Bazley, Ousmane Dieng, Luguentz Dort, Derrick Favors, Josh Giddy, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Chet Holmgren, Ty Jerom, Theo Maledon, Tre Man, Mike Muscala, Aleksej Pokusevski, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Aaron Wiggins, Jalen Williams, Jaylin Williams, Kenrich Williams Players on non-guaranteed regular contracts: 1 Players on two-way contracts: 2 Players reportedly under contract agreement: 2
With 17 players under guaranteed contracts and Krejci owed $782K in partial guarantees, the Thunder must trade or release at least three players through formal negotiations before opening night. Bazley, Favors, Jerome, Maledon and Krejci are among those who may not be 100% guaranteed a roster spot just yet.
Also, while Oklahoma City doesn’t have a two-way opener, it wouldn’t be a shock if the team made it to one in the next month and a half. Unless a player in the second year of a two-way contract has established himself as a rotation player like Waters has, he often holds it in his hands.
Portland Trail Blazers
Players on guaranteed regular contracts: 14 Greg Brown, Drew Eubans, Jeremy Grant, Josh Hart, Keon Johnson, Damian Lillard, Nasir Little, Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Payton II, Shaydon Sharp, Anfernee Simmons, Jabari Walker, Trendon Watford, Justise Winslow. Players on exhibition 10 contracts: 2 Players on two-way contracts: 1 Players who are said to have reached a contract agreement: 2
After just a hair out of luxury tax territory, the Trail Blazers are unlikely to fill their 15th roster spot, which would put them back into the tax bracket. But they still have two-way spots to fill — Miller, Roden, Kakoc and Saar will all be eligible to have their Expos 10 contracts converted to two-way deals, so there could be open competition in camp.
Players under guaranteed regular contracts: 17 Ochai Agbaji, Nickel Alexander-Walker, Udoka Azubuike, Malik Beasley, Bojan Bogdanovic, Leandro Ballmaro, Jared Butler, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley, Simon Fontecchio, Rudy Gay, Talen Horton-Tucker, Stanley Johnson. , Walker Kessler, Lauri Markkanen, Collin Sexton, Jared Vanderbilt Players under two-way contract: 2 Players under contract: 4
With the Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert and Patrick Beverley trades, the Jazz have acquired more players than they sent. They must trade or waive at least two more players with guaranteed contracts before the end of the regular season.
With Beasley, Bogdanovic, Bolmaro, Clarkson, Conley, Gay and Johnson still on Utah’s roster, it’s hard to say whose roster spots might be in jeopardy as there are still plenty of trade candidates. The issue could eventually resolve itself if more players from that team are on the move in the coming weeks (eg, trading three players for Russell Westbrook and potentially eliminating the draft compensation quickly).