Looking for a group to form from scratch? In NBA 2K23, starting a franchise with the team with the highest cap space is better. You can pretend to be the team’s owner or general manager and experiment with signing players using your available cap space.

The list can be a little bit short, even if the majority of NBA clubs are over the salary cap. Each team will be added to the list based on a separate set of criteria. Before going to the list, we will talk about the selection criteria.

Evaluation Criteria

We have considered the teams’ expiring contracts, the difficulty of freeing up cap space, and any available cap space for each of the teams mentioned.

Even if a team is much over the salary cap, it can still be included if it has many players with large expiring contracts. Some clubs have many valuable players who move away from your squad to free up salary space.

These teams will all be listed, and due to your versatility in assembling your roster, these teams are typically among the best to manage.

Top 6 Teams with the Most Cap Space in NBA 2K23

Here are 6 teams that either already has a lot of cap space or will in the future because of contract expirations to assist you in getting started:

1. Indiana Pacers

The Indiana Pacers have the most, with $29.6 million in cap space. Only Buddy Hield is under contract for more than $20 million, and Myles Turner has a one-year, $18 million contract that expires soon.

It can be challenging to handle the team’s large number of $8 million role players, but you will be able to add another player to a max contract in the upcoming free agency thanks to the remaining cap space.

2. Memphis Grizzlies

The Memphis Grizzlies have surpassed the cap by $7 million. It is partly because of Jaren Jackson Jr.’s sizable deal and the upcoming $17 million expiration of Steven Adams’ contract.

The $10 million contracts for Danny Green and Dillion Brooks are ending. However, because of Ja Morant’s new contract, which will increase his annual salary from $12 million to $33 million, all of these expiring contracts will only create a small amount of cap room (insufficient for a superstar).

3. San Antonio Spurs

The second-largest cap space is held by the San Antonio Spurs, at $22.7 million. In the 2023–2024 season, they can sign a superstar to a supermax contract and still have room to add several role players, thanks to a few expiring contracts.

You will be limited to a select group of players, including Doug McDermott and Keldon Johnson. Even if you acquire a superstar, assembling a superteam could be difficult due to the team’s meager resources.

4. Detroit Pistons

The Pistons have only $26,000 in cap space left, but they still have a couple of contracts worth keeping an eye on. Kelly Olynyk and Marvin Bagley III are the team’s two highest-paid players. Both have sufficient value to transact elsewhere and are owed only $12 million annually.

 The team’s remaining members are on team-option contracts, which you can choose not to accept to free up cap space and sign some top-tier free agents. all without losing Jaden Ivey or Cade Cunningham.

5. Los Angeles Lakers

With one of the highest payrolls in NBA 2K23, the Lakers may be $60.7 million over the maximum allowed. However, most of their significant, upcoming contracts are the only reason for this. After next season, Russell Westbrook’s $47 million contract will expire, creating a ton of salary room. 

While the other players, excluding LeBron James and Anthony Davis, have signed mid-level, one-year contracts. You can quickly find a third superstar to team up with AD and LeBron if you just let these contracts expire.

6. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets have contracts that can be easily resolved but are also $15.6 million above the cap. The two biggest contracts you’ll have to deal with are Terry Rozier’s $21 million contract and Gordan Hayward’s two-year $30 million pact. 

Both players are very valuable and could certainly be transferred to free up salary space. Let the others expire if you can get rid of these two undesirable contracts. Then you have a blank canvas on which to build a championship candidate. In addition, LaMelo Ball is a rising talent.

The Takeaway

You need everything about NBA 2K23’s top 6 clubs in terms of cap space. Hopefully, this post helped you obtain some understanding of that.

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