It's free-agent season. Here's what you need to know:
Points of Emphasis
1. Insider has compiled the most comprehensive list of potential free agents, along with players who have various contract provisions to guarantee all or part of their salary for next season.
2. A few players and teams have made decisions on free agency in the last three weeks. See below.
3. The Cavaliers saved $1 million by not making the playoffs. Lucious Harris was guaranteed $1 million if he played at least 1,100 minutes (he played 1,128) and the team made the playoffs.
4. Nick Van Exel does not have a team option. His $12,731,000 salary is not guaranteed.
The difference between a player option and an ETO (Early Termination Option) is simple. A player becomes a free agent if he declines his option but remains under contract if he declines his ETO.
Charlotte: Bernard Robinson had his salary guaranteed since he was still on the Bobcats roster on June 30. Declined the team option for Tamar Slay. He is an unrestricted free agent. Did not make a qualifying offer to Theron Smith. He is an unrestricted free agent.
Chicago: Did not make a qualifying offer to Jared Reiner. He is an unrestricted free agent.
Cleveland: Declined the $1.76 million team option for Robert Traylor. Waived Lucious Harris. His $2.75 million salary would have been guaranteed on July 1.
Denver: Greg Buckner declined his player option. He is an unrestricted free agent.
Golden State: Calbert Cheaney exercised his $1.76 million player option.
Houston: Vin Baker exercised his $3.85 million player option. Scott Padgett declined his player option. He is an unrestricted free agent.
LA Clippers: Quinton Ross had his salary guaranteed since he was still on the Clippers' roster June 15. Waived Mamadou N'diaye.
Miami: Exercised the team option for Alonzo Mourning. Exercised team option for Qyntel Woods.
New Jersey: Ron Mercer exercised his $1.76 million player option. Team declined its $5,875,000 option for Cliff Robinson. Exercised the team option for Jacque Vaughn.
New Orleans: Chris Andersen declined his $1.76 million player option. He is an unrestricted free agent.
Orlando: Stacey Augmon exercised his player option.
Phoenix: Declined the team option for Paul Shirley. He is an unrestricted free agent.
Sacramento: Exercised the $3,375,000 team option for Bobby Jackson. Greg Ostertag exercised his $4.4 million player option.
Seattle: Antonio Daniels declined his $2.2 million player option. He is an unrestricted free agent.
2005 NBA Free Agents
Key: ETO = Early Termination Option, P = Player Option, T = Team Option
Unrestricted: Tom Gugliotta, Tyronn Lue, Michael Stewart, Kevin Willis
Other: Obinna Ekezie (no salary protection if waived before Aug. 1, 100 percent thereafter), James Thomas (no salary protection if waived before Aug. 1, 100 percent thereafter)
Unrestricted: Gary Payton, Antoine Walker
Restricted: Keith Bogans, Matt Carroll, Jason Kapono, Gerald Wallace
Unrestricted: Cory Alexander, Malik Allen, Brevin Knight, Kareem Rush, Tamar Slay, Theron Smith
Restricted: Tyson Chandler, Eddy Curry, Chris Duhon, Jannero Pargo
Unrestricted: Lawrence Funderburke, Adrian Griffin, Othella Harrington, Jared Reiner, Frank Williams
Unrestricted: DeSagana Diop, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Jeff McInnis, Robert Traylor, Dajuan Wagner, Scott Williams
Unrestricted: Darrell Armstrong, Alan Henderson
Other: Tariq Abdul-Wahad (ETO; 50 percent salary protection ($3,656,250) for 2005-06)
Unrestricted: Greg Buckner, DerMarr Johnson, Wesley Person, Mark Pope, Bryon Russell
Other: Francisco Elson (no salary protection for 2005-06), Luis Flores (no salary protection if waived before Aug. 31; thereafter, it will increase to $150,000), Voshon Lenard (salary protection of $250,000 if waived before July 15, 100 percent thereafter)
Restricted: Ronald Dupree (P), Horace Jenkins
Unrestricted: Elden Campbell, Darvin Ham
Golden State Warriors
Unrestricted: Nikoloz Tskitishvili
Unrestricted: Jon Barry, Ryan Bowen, Torraye Braggs, Dikembe Mutombo, Scott Padgett
Restricted: John Edwards, James Jones
Unrestricted: Dale Davis
Los Angeles Clippers
Restricted: Marko Jaric
Unrestricted: Rick Brunson, Kerry Kittles, Mikki Moore, Zeljko Rebraca, Bobby Simmons
Other: Lionel Chalmers (no salary protection if waived before July 25; thereafter, it will increase to $300,000)
Los Angeles Lakers
Restricted: Luke Walton
Unrestricted: Tierre Brown
Other: Tony Bobbitt (no salary protection for 2005-06), Vlade Divac (salary protection of $2 million if waived before October 1, 100 percent thereafter)
Unrestricted: Ryan Humphrey, Stromile Swift, Earl Watson, Bonzi Wells (T)
Restricted: Udonis Haslem
Unrestricted: Shandon Anderson, Keyon Dooling, Damon Jones, Christian Laettner, Shaquille O'Neal (ETO), Steve Smith, Wang ZhiZhi
Restricted: Dan Gadzuric, Zaza Pachulia
Unrestricted: Marcus Fizer, Anthony Goldwire, Toni Kukoc, Michael Redd, Daniel Santiago, Erick Strickland
Unrestricted: Anthony Carter, Eddie Griffin, Ervin Johnson, Mark Madsen, Latrell Sprewell, John Thomas
New Jersey Nets
Unrestricted: Travis Best, Rodney Buford, Cliff Robinson, Brian Scalabrine, Jabari Smith, Billy Thomas
New Orleans Hornets
Unrestricted: Chris Andersen, Dan Dickau, Casey Jacobsen, Bostjan Nachbar, Lee Nailon
New York Knicks
Unrestricted: Jermaine Jackson, Bruno Sundov
Other: Jackie Butler (no salary protection if waived before Sept. 15, 25 percent thereafter)
Unrestricted: Andre Barrett, Andrew DeClercq, Brandon Hunter, Mark Jones
Other: Mario Kasun (50 percent salary protection if waived before July 25, 100 percent thereafter)
Restricted: Samuel Dalembert, Willie Green, Kyle Korver
Unrestricted: Matt Barnes, Michael Bradley (P), Josh Davis, Rodney Rogers
Restricted: Joe Johnson
Unrestricted: Steven Hunter, Walter McCarty, Bo Outlaw, Paul Shirley
Portland Trail Blazers
Restricted: Richie Frahm
Unrestricted: Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Damon Stoudamire
Other: Nick Van Exel (no salary protection for 2005-06)
Restricted: Maurice Evans, Darius Songaila
Unrestricted: Erik Daniels, Eddie House, Cuttino Mobley
Restricted: Devin Brown, Linton Johnson (T)
Unrestricted: Robert Horry, Sean Marks, Tony Massenburg, Glenn Robinson, Mike Wilks
Restricted: Reggie Evans, Ronald Murray, Vladimir Radmanovic, Damien Wilkins
Unrestricted: Ray Allen, Mateen Cleaves, Antonio Daniels, Jerome James, Vitaly Potapenko
Restricted: Matt Bonner, Pape Sow
Unrestricted: Omar Cook, Donyell Marshall, Milt Palacio
Restricted: Keith McLeod
Unrestricted: Raja Bell, Howard Eisley, Ben Handlogten, Randy Livingston
Restricted: Steve Blake, Kwame Brown
Unrestricted: Damone Brown, Juan Dixon, Larry Hughes, Anthony Peeler, Laron Profit, Michael Ruffin