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NBA: Massive Roster Cuts Coming

At least 120 roster cuts will be made prior to October 26, writes Eric Pincus.

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On October 26, the 30 NBA teams will submit their opening-night rosters to the league — but the cuts will come at least 48-hours earlier, giving time for the players to clear waivers.

Teams can carry up to 15 players into the regular season, which translates to 450 potential positions — assuming every franchise carries a full 15.

Including the expected signing of Damien Wilkens to the Charlotte Hornets, 570 players are under contract for the coming season.

At least 120 players (21.1 percent of the league), will be cut before the end of October.

Currently 415 have fully guaranteed contracts, but it’s not altogether uncommon for a team to let go of a player with promised money to keep a prospect they feel has more potential.

That said, many of the 155 players with non/partially-guaranteed deals are destined to be cut over the next two weeks.

Two teams have over 15 players guaranteed include the Boston Celtics with 16 and the Detroit Pistons with 17.  Expect Detroit to cut veteran forward Danny Granger, but how both teams get from 16 to 15 remains a mystery.

Some interesting players on the bubble include veterans trying to get back into the league like Metta World Peace (Los Angeles Lakers), JaVale McGee (Dallas Mavericks) and Jordan Crawford (Chicago Bulls).

Others look like locks to stick like Mike Muscala (Atlanta Hawks) and a trio on the Philadelphia 76ers (Robert Covington, JaKarr Sampson and Hollis Thompson).

The Indiana Pacers have 15 players locked in but gave veteran Toney Douglas a $600,000 guarantee on his almost $1.2 million salary.  They’ll need to make room to keep him.

The San Antonio Spurs have 13 guaranteed, along with Matt Bonner and Jimmer Fredette, who have half of their contracts locked in.

The following table details each team’s roster position midway through the preseason:

Team Players Full-G Non/Partial
Atlanta Hawks 18 13 5
Boston Celtics 20 16 4
Brooklyn Nets 20 13 7
Charlotte Hornets 19 14 5
Chicago Bulls 19 13 6
Cleveland Cavaliers 20 13 7
Dallas Mavericks 20 15 5
Denver Nuggets 19 15 4
Detroit Pistons 19 17 2
Golden State Warriors 20 13 7
Houston Rockets 19 14 5
Indiana Pacers 18 15 3
Los Angeles Clippers 16 14 2
Los Angeles Lakers 19 12 7
Memphis Grizzlies 20 14 6
Miami HEAT 20 13 7
Milwaukee Bucks 18 15 3
Minnesota Timberwolves 18 15 3
New Orleans Pelicans 19 13 6
New York Knicks 19 13 6
Oklahoma City Thunder 19 15 4
Orlando Magic 19 13 6
Philadelphia 76ers 20 12 8
Phoenix Suns 18 13 5
Portland Trail Blazers 17 12 5
Sacramento Kings 18 14 4
San Antonio Spurs 20 13 7
Toronto Raptors 19 15 4
Utah Jazz 20 13 7
Washington Wizards 20 15 5
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Eric Pincus is a Senior Writer for Basketball Insiders, with a focus on the business side of the game.

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