Update of the 2022 pre-season salary cap
The Portland Trail Blazers are only a month or so away from playing NBA games, and their roster is about to be finalized. There are a few potential deals we could see ahead of the start of the season, but barring a major trade, the squad are ready for opening night.
Let’s go over the salary cap and contract status of the Blazers.
The NBA set the 2021/222 salary cap at $ 112 million, with the tax line at $ 136.6 million.
Currently, the Blazers have 13 players on contract, with salaries totaling $ 137.9 million.
The squad limit is 15 players and the minimum that a team can carry in a season is 13 players. Neil Olshey typically likes to start the season with 14 players on contract, in a trade where he needs to pick up two players or fire one, or in the event of an injury where he can sign a buyout replacement. .
This means Olshey is likely to sign another player among the three guys who are on a training camp contract. Patrick Patterson, Dennis Smith Jr and Marquese Chriss. That would only be a minimum deal but would give the Blazers more depth at point of leader or four and five.
In terms of other potential business, Jusuf Nurkic had the last year of his contract guaranteed. He can sign an overtime, or the Blazers can wait and let the market decide his free agency value at the end of the season.
Nassir Little has a squad option on the fourth year of his contract which will almost certainly be clawed back before this season.
Finally, Anfernee Simons is eligible for a rookie overtime, with a deadline that expires on the last day before the start of the regular season this year. While Simons deserves an extension, the Blazers have a habit of not extending their rookies and letting the market decide instead.
Simons is probably worth around $ 6-10million right now after an excellent 42% out of three, but maybe give himself a bigger paycheck if he repeats that level of shooting again. Simons will likely see his salary decided by the market when he is limited in 12 months.
The Blazers may also add another two-way contract this year, as they only have one two-way deal, that of Trendon Watford.
As a team, they will enter the season with plenty of marketable assets, but lightly on the luxury tax. Much will depend on their performance this season. If they don’t, then we might see a big trade at the deadline.