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NBA Free Agency 2014: Miami Heat have the most cap space, but Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons can do the most with theirs

A look at the Top 10 teams who have cap space.

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The Miami Heat had all three of their "big three" opt out, and that means that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh are all on the market. Well, they are likely to return to the Heat, but they are on the market "for now". As it stands the Heat now rise to the top out of the entire NBA when it comes to available cap space. As luck would have it, out of the teams with money this off-season they are the one who needs to probably use it all. They currently only have one player under contract, and the CBA says that teams need 13 players. They've got to make that money go far.

The Phoenix Suns have a lot of cap space as well, but are almost on the fully opposite side of the spectrum by having 8 players on contract for next season. Similarly, the Detroit Pistons have money to spend, and need only 3 more spots. Two, if you count their recent draft pick of Spencer Dinwiddie.

What about the Utah Jazz? The Jazz are in that pile of 'bad teams' with money to burn alongside the Philadelphia 76ers and the Orlando Magic. (Aka, three of the worst five teams last year) Utah looks to be placed well here, but if we suppose they bring back Gordon Hayward , and sign both Dante Exum and Rodney Hood, the money and roster space both reduce in a jiffy.


At least we can always laugh at the Los Angeles Lakers though.

The Jazz will do the right thing with their money, and I think this may be one of the rare situations where our vaunted flexibility pays off. The Heat and the Lakers? They have their work cut out for themselves.