After another compressed offseason, NBA teams report to training camp for the start of the 2021-22 season. To put teams’ limited free time into perspective: This season’s camps start less than a full year after the start of the 2020 NBA Finals – with an additional offseason, regular season, and playoffs taking place between the two.
With the training camps underway, here are the full breakdowns of the NBA’s 30-team roster, along with key storylines, decisions, and issues to watch out for in the coming weeks leading up to the start of the 2021-22 season with the Milwaukee Bucks waving their Championship banner in October. 19.
Additionally, at the bottom of this article, we include an explanation of how Two-Way Contracts and Coin 10 work this season.
Note: All players with an unsecured contract will begin to face a daily cap if they are not canceled by 5:00 p.m. ET. October 16.
Depth map key: 2 (Bidirectional) | N (Not guaranteed) | E (exhibit 10) | I (injured) | P (Partial)
What to watch: Rookie expansion for Kevin Huerter
The Hawks began their offseason by removing the “interim” tag from head coach Nate McMillan, giving him the full-time job. This was followed by the signing of Trae Young for a maximum five-year extension of $ 172 million for rookies, the $ 100 million pledge for John Collins and granting starting center Clint Capela a $ 46 million extension. In total, the Hawks have distributed over $ 300 million in new money and have three of their five starters under contract for at least the 2024-25 season. Now the focus is on former first-round pick Kevin Huerter. The goalie is the perfect complement to Young and has just finished a third straight season shooting 36% north of 3-point range. He can sign an extension until 6 p.m. ET on October 18. He is expected to earn a salary of around $ 56 million over four years that Luke Kennard signed with the Clippers last December – at a minimum.
October 18: last day for Kevin Huerter to sign an extension.
October 31: Last day to exercise Onyeka Okongwu’s third-year squad option and Cam Reddish and De’Andre Hunter’s fourth-year squad options.
What to watch: The bench
The X factor for the Celtics heading into last season was the young bench of the former first-round picks. While there have been bright spots with Payton Pritchard, Romeo Langford, Grant Williams and Aaron Nesmith, basketball operations chief Brad Stevens has made it a priority to rebuild the second unit with veterans. Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson and Enes Kanter have started a total of 795 regular season games and are offering new head coach Ime Udoka an insurance policy in the form of experienced players who can start if injured or help anchor the bench.
October 18: last day for Al Horford to sign an extension.
October 19: Jabari Parker’s contract goes from $ 100,000 to $ 1.1 million in protection.
October 31: Last day to exercise third-year squad options for Payton Pritchard and Aaron Nesmith, and fourth-year squad options for Romeo Langford and Grant Williams.
To see: the extensions of James Harden and Kyrie Irving
A week before training camp, GM Sean Marks spoke about the future of Harden and Irving.