A look at the training camp rosters of all five Atlantic Division teams, with an eye on open spots on each roster, and the potential favorites we might see emerge.Boston CelticsGuaranteed ContractsTony Allen Ryan Gomes Brian Grant Gerald Green Al Jefferson Dwayne Jones Kendrick Perkins Paul Pierce Leon Powe Theo Ratliff Rajon Rondo Brian Scalabrine Wally Szczerbiak Sebastian Telfair Delonte WestPartially Guaranteed Contracts:Allan Ray
($100,000) Kevin Pittsnogle
($50,000)Non-Guaranteed:Michael Olowokandi Analysis:
The Celtics have 15 fully guaranteed contracts on their roster and therefore will have some decisions to make over the next month. Brian Grant
is owed 1.8 million dollars, plus the 15% trade kicker his agent wisely put in his contract last summer when he signed with the Sunsbut appears to be a prime candidate to be let go if he isnt 100% healthy. Dwyane Jones has one year left on his fully guaranteed $664,209, but he cant be feeling 100% safe either. Allan Ray
(guaranteed $100,000, contract becomes fully guaranteed if hes on the roster past December 1st) and Kevin Pittsnogle
(guaranteed $50,000) will be breathing down their backs, as will surprise invite Michael Olowokandi
New Jersey NetsGuaranteed ContractsJosh Boone Vince Carter Jason Collins Eddie House Mile Ilic Richard Jefferson Jason Kidd Nenad Krstic Jeff McInnis Mikki Moore Bostjan Nachbar Clifford Robinson Marcus Williams Antoine Wright Partially Guaranteed:Hassan Adams
(?)Non-Guaranteed:Brandon Bowman Darvin HamAwvee Storey Matt Walsh Jay Williams Analysis:
On paper, the Nets have 15 guaranteed contracts, but its considered a formality that theyll either waive or buyout Jeff McInnis
sooner rather than later, as he was told not to report to camp. The only leverage the Nets have is to threaten to hold off on cutting him until October 30th, which hurts McInnis chances of finding a good situation with a different NBA team in the interim. The player most likely to take McInnis spot on the roster is local product Jay Williams
. If healthy, hed provide the Nets with a terrific option as the backup or 3rd point guard alongside Jason Kidd
and summer workout buddy Marcus Williams
New York KnicksGuaranteed ContractsRenaldo Balkman Mardy Collins Jamal Crawford Eddy Curry Steve Francis Channing Frye Jerome James Jared Jeffries David Lee Stephon Marbury Quentin Richardson Nate Robinson Jalen Rose Malik Rose Non-Guaranteed:Elton Brown
Milone Clark Paul Miller Nikoloz TskitishviliAnalysis:
The Knicks made training camp at least somewhat interesting by buying out the 15th guaranteed player on their roster this past week, Maurice Taylor
. None of their invites are considered shoo-ins to make it past November 1st, but it would seem that Elton Brown
(#1 rebounder in Greece last year) and Tskitishvili have the best chance.
Philadelphia 76ersGuaranteed ContractsRodney Carney Samuel Dalembert Willie Green Steven Hunter Andre Iguodala Allen Iverson Bobby Jones Kyle Korver Kevin Ollie Shavlik Randolph Chris Webber Louis Williams Non-Guaranteed:Rick Brunson Alan Henderson Ivan McFarlin Steven Smith Analysis:
With only 12 guaranteed contracts on their roster, Philadelphia definitely seems like the place to be for a undrafted free agent trying to make a team. Although he certainly looked washed up last year, Philadelphias lack of depth at the point and his local ties could be the way Rick Brunson
hangs on for another year. Ivan McFarlin
had an excellent season (16.5 points, 10 rebounds per game) last year in ProB France, and could be ready to play a Reggie Evans
type role for a coach in Mo Cheeks who is infatuated with hustle and toughness. Steven Smith
was excellent in both the Las Vegas and Rocky Mountain Revue Summer leagues and brings local ties from growing up in the area and having a standout 4-year career at La Salle. If you had to pick an early favorite, it would probably be him. Alan Henderson
comes with 650 games of NBA experience under his belt, but will turn 34 in December.
Toronto RaptorsFully Guaranteed ContractsAndrea Bargnani Chris Bosh Jose Calderon T.J. Ford Jorge Garbajosa Joey Graham Kris Humphries Fred Jones
Rasho Nesterovic Anthony Parker Morris Peterson Uros Slokar Pape Sow
P.J. Tucker Non-Guaranteed:Darrick Martin Cezary Trybanski Analysis:
The Raptors seem pretty set with 14 guaranteed contracts and Darrick Martin
returning to the team to provide veteran leadership and a solid work ethic in practices. Andrea Bargnani
surprisingly only received 80% of the potential 120% he could have gotten on the rookie sliding scale, meaning instead of being paid 4.5 million dollars in the first year of his contract, he will instead receive only 3 million. The 1.5 million dollars he passed on (1st round draft picks almost always get the maximum allowed) will almost certainly go towards paying a buyout to Benetton Treviso.
edit: We've learned that Bargnani's precise salary for this year is $3,567,192. Next year's salary is for $3,904,872, and he has team options for the next two years for $5,176,440 and $6,527,491 respectively. His contract also specifically states a buyout that was paid to his foreign team.
In case you were wondering, the exact rookie scale amounts can be found here: http://www.nbpa.com/cba_exhibits/exhibitB.php