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Unrestricted free agents are ineligible for the expansion draft. |
Each team can protect up to eight players. If a team has less than eight players on its roster to protect, it still must leave a minimum of one player unprotected.
The expandsion team must select a minimum of 14 players and can select a maximum of 29 players overall.
The expansion team can select only one player from any one NBA team.
The expansion team is not bound to the salary cap during the draft. They can take on as many contracts as they like. However, once the draft is over, any players they've drafted and keep will count toward their cap (it should come in at around $31 million).
As long as the expansion team waives a player selected in the expansion draft before the first day of the regular season, the player's remaining contract does not count against the team's salary cap.
Restricted free agents drafted in the expansion draft automatically become unrestricted free agents.
Teams are allowed to entice the expansion team to select players by offering cash, draft picks or agreeing to additional trades in return.
If a team has a player selected by the expansion team, the team receives a trade exception equal to the player's 2004-05 salary. This allows teams to replace a player lost in the expansion draft with another player of comparable salary.