This note may seem trivial but it would be harsh to call it that if the Phoenix Suns want to open up the 2014 free agency period at 9 p.m. MST Wednesday night with as much cap space as possible.
According to NBA salary guru Mark Deeks, the Suns agreed in writing with 27th 2014 draft pick Bogdan Bogdanovic that they wouldn’t sign him for the 2014-15 season, relieving the team of a cap hold worth $930,500. Bogdanovic has signed on to play for Fenerbahce in Turkey and doesn’t have an NBA out until the 2016-17 season.
The following are included in team salary:
A cap hold for the “scale” amount for the team’s unsigned first round draft pick(s) (see question number 52). This amount begins to apply to team salary immediately upon selection in the draft1. This amount can be excluded from the team salary for the current season if, before the season starts, the team and player agree in writing that the team will not sign the player during that season.
Phoenix wasn’t expected to bring Bogdanovic, a 6’6 swingman, over this season and likely not next, either. The Suns have gone through Summer League practices over the past two days with only nine guaranteed players on next season’s roster. Ish Smith and Dionte Christmas appear to be the two non-guaranteed players fighting for a roster spot; Smith was at U.S. Airways on Wednesday while Christmas is on the Summer league team. The roster stands 11 players if both of them return and at 13 if Eric Bledsoe and P.J. Tucker, who was also at U.S. Airways on Wednesday, re-sign with the club.
Who becomes the 14th and 15th players on the team remains to be seen. 2013 econd-round pick Alex Oriakhi is on the summer Suns, as is this summer’s 50th pick, stretch big man Alec Brown.