NBA teams have the ability to restrict any free agent with less than five years of experience, if the player was a first round pick who signed a rookie-scale contract, or those signed as other first round picks, second round picks or free agents who have less than four years of experience. The player must receive the qualifying offer, which allows the teams to match an offer sheet, from the day after the NBA Finals to June 30. Should a player fail to receive a qualifying offer, he will enter free agency on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
Players who do well in the prior or present season can increase or decrease their qualifying offer based on what the NBA calls the "Starter Criteria" for restricted free agents. Here is the breakdown of the rules:
Starter Criteria: Average 41 starts or 2000 minutes over the prior two NBA seasons or start at least 41 games or play a minimum of 2000 minutes in the present season. ... A first round pick selected 10-30 get the qualifying offer for the No. 9 pick if they hit "Starter Criteria" ... A second round pick or free agent get the qualifying offer for the No. 21 pick if they hit "Starter Criteria" ... A first round pick selected 1-14 who fails to reach the "Starter Criteria" will get a qualifying offer for the No. 15 pick. For 2015, the qualifying offers equal $4,433,683 for the No. 9 pick; $4,045,894 for the No. 15 pick; and $2,725,003 for the No. 21 pick.
For the 2011 draft, several first round picks don't fall under the "Starter Criteria" as they already signed an extension; had previous team options declined; or were waived at some point.
Those who have qualified for the "Starter Criteria" this season and thus increased their qualifying offer (listed after the player) include the following:
Chicago: Jimmy Butler ($4,433,683)
Cleveland: Iman Shumpert ($4,433,683)
Detroit: Reggie Jackson ($4,433,683)
Golden State: Draymond Green ($2,725,003)
Houston: Patrick Beverley ($2,725,003)
Milwaukee: Khris Middleton ($2,725,003)
Oklahoma City: Kyle Singler ($2,725,003)
Orlando: Tobias Harris ($4,433,683)
San Antonio: Kawhi Leonard ($4,433,683)
Those who have NOT qualified for the "Starter Criteria" this season and thus decreased their qualifying offer (listed after the player) include the following:
It should be noted that any tendered qualifying offer is guaranteed for the next season should the player accept it, instead of signing a multi-year deal. This happened in 2014 with Greg Monroe as he was at a standoff with Detroit and accepted the one-year contract worth $5,479,935 so he could become an unrestricted free agent come July 1, 2015.
Here is the remaining list of the players who will be restricted on July 1, if they receive the qualifying offer (to the right of the player) by June 30.
Atlanta: Pero Antic ($1,562,500)
Boston: Jae Crowder ($1,181,348), Luigi Datome ($2,187,500)
Brooklyn: Jerome Jordan ($1,147,276), Mirza Teletovic ($4,210,125)
Charlotte: Jeff Taylor ($1,181,348)
Cleveland: Matthew Dellavedova ($1,147,276), Tristan Thompson ($6,777,589)
Dallas: Bernard James ($1,181,348)
Denver: Will Barton ($1,181,348), Ian Clark ($1,147,276)
Golden State: Justin Holiday ($1,147,276), Ognjen Kuzmic ($1,147,276)
Houston: K.J. McDaniels ($1,045,059)
Indiana: Chris Copeland ($3,918,750), Shayne Whittington ($1,045,059)
LA Lakers: Vander Blue ($1,147,276)
Memphis: Nick Calathes ($1,147,276)
Minnesota: Justin Hamilton ($1,147,276), Robbie Hummel ($1,147,276)
New Orleans: Norris Cole ($3,036,927), Jeff Withey ($1,147,276)
New York: Quincy Acy ($1,181,348), Alexey Shved ($4,102,571), Travis Wear ($1,045,059)
Oklahoma City: Enes Kanter ($7,471,412)
Orlando: Kyle O'Quinn ($1,181,348)
Philadelphia: Glenn Robinson III ($1,045,059), Henry Sims ($1,181,348)
Phoenix: Brandon Knight ($4,790,680)
Portland: Joel Freeland ($3,766,890)
San Antonio: Aron Baynes ($2,596,250), Cory Joseph ($3,034,892)
Utah: Joe Ingles ($1,045,059)
NOTE: LA Clippers, Miami, Toronto and Washington don't have any free agents who can be restricted this July.