A number of top championship contenders will enter NBA free agency this offseason with plenty on the line.
Regardless of where the NBA’s 2020-21 salary cap ultimately lands, cap space is expected to be sparse around the league this offseason.
That could be both good and bad news for many of the NBA’s top title contenders.
Since the Miami Heat are the lone playoff team expected to have more than the mid-level exception at their disposal, older veterans may not be interested in chasing the most money on a rebuilding squad. That could help some teams retain their incumbent free agents, especially if they have their Bird rights.
However, the NBA’s uncertain financial future could make some players want to maximize their earnings, even if it means leaving a playoff team for a bottom-feeder.
Which teams have the most to lose in NBA free agency?
While there likely won’t be many free-agent fireworks this year, these five teams could walk out as the biggest losers of the offseason if the chips don’t fall their way.