A good season in the NBA doesn’t just happen on the court. This also happens on the financial side! Banking is fundamental to any NBA team, so it’s time to take a look at the Atlanta Hawks salaries for the 2022-23 season.
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2022-23 Atlanta Hawks Salaries
Financial situation in relation to the salary cap
- The luxury tax threshold is set at $150,267,000 this year.
- The NBA salary cap is set at $123,655,000 this year.
With $148,480,277 committed contractually for this 2022-23 seasonthe Atlanta Hawks will have to make roster-level picks if they don’t want to get into the luxury tax.
The front office has managed a few moves this summer, to significantly improve the workforce while offloading some troublesome contracts, including that of Danilo Gallinari, who received more than 20 million a year in Atlanta. With that cap space freed up, the Hawks signed Dejounte Murray for $33 million over two years and other players with lower salaries, which don’t exceed $5 million a year: Aaron Holiday and Frank Kaminsky, among others. And that looks like a good deal for Atlanta.
Players under guaranteed contracts for the 2023-24 season: 5
- Trae young
- John Collins
- Clint Capela
- Delete Murray
- AJ Griffin
Four out of five incumbents, $100 million between them, or two-thirds of the Hawks’ total payroll. It’s with this roster that Atlanta wants to win: we’re betting everything on these guys and it’s going to have to pay off. AJ Griffin is a rookie and in the short term an extra player, who will already come off the bench a few minutes here and there.
Three players to watch this season
The Serb earns 18 million a year and has a player option at the end of the season. Holder in half of the matches he played last season, it will be necessary to monitor the evolution of his status. The Hawks may not be able to afford to lose a replacement capable of planting his 15 points every night off the bench, and even half the time being part of the starting 5. Nate McMillan may want to secure him by giving him more opportunities as a starter, especially in position 3, where he competes with De’Andre Hunter. Problem, he too is to be watched (we talk about it just after), since he will be a free agent this summer. In position 2, the arrival of Dejounte Murray clearly dampened Bogdan Bogdanović’s playing time hopes.
As we said above, De’Andre Hunter should fight with his teammate for a spot in the starting five on the wing. His advantage over Bogdanović: age, since he is five years younger than the Serb. It is likely that the Hawks will prioritize him, he will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season and therefore will have to show up to land a contract worth more than $10 million for the season. This duel between the two will prove to be a perilous situation for the franchise, especially since its payroll is very high. She may have to make a choice and keep only one to avoid entering the luxury tax. Which will chase the other? The answer may be in their name.
A team option awaits the contract of the American-Nigerian pivot at the end of the season. Back-up of the indestructible and triple paid Clint Capela, Onyeka Okongwu will want to show that he deserves his chance in Atlanta and earn a few million more per year. If his progression continues, there is little chance that it will not happen: from 12 minutes to 20, from 3 rebounds to 6, from 4 points to 8, everything has doubled for him, except his salary of course, between his first and second season in Coca-Cola country. He will therefore have to avoid making pschitt and continue to take the bottle to curry favor with his front office. Hampered by injuries for several years, he has just experienced his first off-season in good health. For, we hope, his first season with more than 50 games.