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Deadline day nears for 50 players

12/29/2013

It's not a festive season for everyone in the NBA.

We're actually entering a period of high anxiety for 50 players around the league whose seasons are about to reach a make-or-break point.

All non-guaranteed deals in the NBA become fully guaranteed for the rest of the 2013-14 season if the player in question is still on his current team's roster as of Jan. 10. It's a date that always leads to a handful of roster cuts once the calendar flips to 2014, as teams either look to save a few luxury-tax bucks or perhaps open up a roster spot to take advantage of the 10-day contracts they're allowed to start handing out Jan. 5.

When it comes to this season specifically, teams looking to waive players to prevent their contracts from becoming fully guaranteed must do so by 5 p.m. on Jan. 7, thus allowing sufficient time for the player to clear waivers before the magical Jan. 10 date.

The list of players technically at risk includes some who face zero chance of getting snipped; Andrew Bynum, Patrick Beverley and Michael Beasley jump off the page in terms of vets who have noting to fret about. Yet it's a generally nervy time for anyone possessing a non-guaranteed contract until Jan. 7 passes to assure safety.

One interesting certainty here, for the record, is Orlando's forthcoming divorce from veteran forward Hedo Turkoglu. The sides have spent the past several months discussing a buyout with no success, but the Magic have to either cut or trade Turkoglu by Jan. 7 or face the prospect of paying him a full $12 million for the entire season. Only $6 million of that salary is guaranteed, but it behooves Orlando to keep Turkoglu all the way to guarantee-date buzzer just in case a trade materializes where his expiring deal becomes handy.

Atlanta: Shelvin Mack, Cartier Martin, Mike Scott

Boston: None

Brooklyn: None

Charlotte: Jeff Adrien, Chris Douglas-Roberts

Chicago: D.J. Augustin, Eric Murphy

Cleveland: Andrew Bynum, Matt Dellavedova, C.J. Miles, Henry Sims

Dallas: None

Denver: Quincy Miller

Detroit: Josh Harrellson, Peyton Siva

Golden State: Hilton Armstrong, Kent Bazemore

Houston: Patrick Beverley, Greg Smith

Indiana: Rasual Butler

L.A. Clippers: Stephen Jackson, Maalik Wayns

L.A. Lakers: Xavier Henry, Ryan Kelly, Kendall Marshall, Shawne Williams

Memphis: Seth Curry, James Johnson

Miami: Michael Beasley, Roger Mason Jr.

Milwaukee: None

Minnesota: Robbie Hummel

New Orleans: Lou Amundson

New York: Cole Aldrich, Toure' Murry

Oklahoma City: Ryan Gomes, Hasheem Thabeet

Orlando: Solomon Jones, Hedo Turkoglu

Philadelphia: James Anderson, Lorenzo Brown, Brandon Davies, Daniel Orton, Hollis Thompson, Elliot Williams

Phoenix: Dionte Christmas

Portland: None

Sacramento: Hamady N'diaye

San Antonio: Malcolm Thomas

Toronto: Julyan Stone

Utah: Ian Clark, Diante Garrett, Mike Harris

Washington: None

P.S.: Even before the January rush, nine players on non-guaranteed contracts have already been waived since the regular season began. They are:

Charlotte: James Southerland

Chicago: Mike James

Golden State: Dewayne Dedmon

L.A. Lakers: Elias Harris

New Orleans: Josh Childress, Arinze Onuaku, Lance Thomas

Philadelphia: Darius Morris

Utah: Jamaal Tinsley