Current Landscape of the 2024 NBA Buyout Market

Feb 12, 2024, 12:25 PM | Updated: 2:57 pm

Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against Danilo Gallinari #12 and Joe Har...

SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 07: Malik Monk #0 of the Sacramento Kings drives to the basket against Danilo Gallinari #12 and Joe Harris #31 of the Detroit Pistons in the fourth quarter at Golden 1 Center on February 07, 2024 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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With the trade deadline in the rearview, the NBA buyout market becomes the primary method for teams looking to make additions. Every season, there are players who are moved during the deadline only to be bought out right after.

Or, if teams bring on more players than they send out, roster cuts need to be made — leaving the NBA buyout market with intriguing options.

The new collective bargaining agreement, limits teams above the first tax apron from signing players whose salaries were previously above Mid-Level Expception ($12.4 million).

Teams above that mark are the Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, and Boston Celtics.

Players have already found new homes on the market with Spencer Dinwiddie joining the Los Angeles Lakers and Kyle Lowry going back to his hometown Philadelphia 76ers. The Memphis Grizzlies also signed guard Jordan Goodwin.

Here are some of the notable players currently available in the NBA buyout market. Those listed in bold are ineligible to join teams above the first apron tax line due to the aforementioned CBA stipulation.

  • Davis Bertans
  • Evan Fournier
  • Joe Harris
  • Marcus Morris
  • Danilo Gallinari
  • Killian Hayes
  • Cory Joseph
  • Furkan Korkmaz
  • Thaddeus Young
  • Robin Lopez
  • Victor Oladipo
  • James Bouknight
  • Danuel House
  • Chimezie Metu

From Sacramento’s perspective, some players could add some value to their roster. But, after converting Keon Ellis from a two-way to a three-year, standard NBA contract, the Kings have a full 15-player roster — making any maneuvers in the NBA buyout market come with a cost.

In order to add a player, Sacramento would have to waive one on their current roster. Also, the Kings have never been a known attractive destination in the buyout market, where players have full control over their destination.

Their odds could increase in the NBA buyout market with players ineligible to join teams above the first apron with less competition. For example, would Joe Harris be more valuable to the team than Kessler Edwards?

General manager Monte McNair seems comfortable with this group, but will surely continue searching for improvements in a variety of ways.

When is the next Sacramento Kings game?

Sacramento will continue its three-game road trip on Tuesday night when they face the Phoenix Suns–a team that is right there with them in the Western Conference standings.

With a win over Phoenix, the Kings can clinch the regular season series and control any tiebreaker scenario over the Suns.

Be sure to tune in right here on Sactown Sports 1140 for all of your Kings vs. Suns coverage, beginning at 5:30 PM PST on Game Night before a 7:00 PM PST tip-off from Phoenix, Arizona.

Upcoming Schedule

  • Tuesday, February 13th – Sacramento Kings @ Phoenix Suns – 7:00 PM PST
  • Wednesday, February 14th – Sacramento Kings @ Denver Nuggets – 6:00 PM PST
  • NBA All-Star break – February 15-21
  • Thursday, February 22nd – Sacramento Kings vs. San Antonio Spurs – 7:00 PM PST
  • Sunday, February 25th – Sacramento Kings @ Los Angeles Clippers – 6:30 PM PST
  • Monday, February 26th – Sacramento Kings vs. Miami Heat – 7:00 PM PST

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Current Landscape of the 2024 NBA Buyout Market