Cleveland Cavaliers Team Salary
Quick: About $3.9 million in cap space. Slotted 3rd, 19th and 33rd in the 2013 NBA Draft. Likely maximum space without trades in July ($60 million cap) = $21,742,976
Exceptions: Room Exception $2.575 million.
Acquisitions: Signed first-round picks Dion Waiters (4th) and Tyler Zeller (17th). Traded for Jeremy Pargo. Luke Harangody accepted his one-year qualifying offer (with Bird Rights, meaning he has implicit trade veto power). Claimed Jon Leuer off waivers (Houston Rockets). C.J. Miles signed for a two-year, $4.45 million contract with the second year partially/non-guaranteed. Signed undrafted free agent forward Michael Eric and Kevin Jones to three-year, partial/non-guaranteed deals. Re-signed Alonzo Gee to a three-year, $9.75 million deal (last year partial/non-guaranteed). Picked up the third-year options on Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. Invited D’Aundray Brown to camp. Re-signed Kevin Jones. Claimed Shaun Livingston off waivers from Washington Wizards. Traded Jon Leuer to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a first-round pick. Signed Chris Quinn to a two-year deal, second partial/non-guaranteed.
Waived Players: Kelenna Azubuike, Michael Eric, Kevin Jones, D’Aundray Brown, Luke Harangody, Donald Sloan, Samardo Samuels, Jeremy Pargo, Josh Selby
Roster Count: 15 guaranteed
PG: Kyrie Irving, Shaun Livingston, Daniel Gibson, Chris Quinn
SG: Dion Waiters, C.J. Miles, Wayne Ellington
SF: Alonzo Gee, Luke Walton, Omri Casspi
PF: Tristan Thompson, Marreese Speights, Kevin Jones
C: Anderson Varejao, Tyler Zeller
*Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.
Bird: Anthony Parker (retiring)
Early-Bird: Semih Erden (playing in Turkey)
Head Coach: Byron Scott, signed through 2013/14
Unsigned Second-Round Picks: Sasha Kaun, Milan Macvan, Ejike Ugboaja
Amnesty: Used on Baron Davis – 2012-13, $12.25 million
2013 – Owed first-rounder (top-10 protected through 2014, unprotected in 2015) from the Miami HEAT (LeBron James).
2013 – Owed first-rounder (top-13 protected, top-12 protected in 2014, top-10 protected through 2017, converts to 2017 second-rounder, top-55 protected) from Sacramento Kings (J.J. Hickson).
2013 – Have the right to swap lowest (closest to 30) first-rounder with Los Angeles Lakers (Ramon Sessions), although if Lakers are a lottery team it goes to the Phoenix Suns. The Cavaliers can swap either their own pick or the Miami/Sacramento with the Lakers. If the Lakers make the postseason, it would be probably be the Miami pick to Cleveland.
2013 – Owed second-rounder from Orlando Magic (Justin Harper).
2014 – Owed second-rounder from Orlando Magic (Justin Harper).
2014 – Owed second-rounder from Memphis Grizzlies (D.J. Kennedy).
2015 – Owed first-rounder (top-10 protected through 2016, unprotected in 2017 – not to be sent until two years following completion of protected pick in 2013) from Miami HEAT (LeBron James). Owed first-rounder (top-five protected and 15-30 protected in 2015) from the Memphis Grizzlies. The pick has the same protections in 2016 but just just top-five protected in 2017 and 2018. It’s completely unprotected in 2019.
Cash Paid ($3.1 million max): $0
Key: B = Bird Rights; EB = Early Bird Rights; BR = Bird/Restricted; NB = Non-Bird;
DF = Declined Option on First-Round Scale; WB = Waived Bird; M = Minimum
What is a cap hold? A cap hold is the amount of space a free agent counts towards a team’s cap. These “cap holds” factor in when a team signs free agents. If they didn’t exist, a team could use their cap space to sign other free agents until the space was gone, and then re-sign their own free agents using the Bird exception. A cap hold cannot exceed the maximum contract offer that player can receive on the open market (as defined by years of experience – indicated in the table above by MAX followed by the years of experience). The cap hold disappears if the team renounces their own free agent, that free agent signs with a new team, or re-signs with the same team.
Notes: A free agent does not become restricted until the team issues a qualifying offer. If a player’s option on a first-round rookie scale contract is declined (DF), the most the team can pay is the amount of the declined option (without using a larger exception or cap room). Should a player allow for their Bird Rights to be waived during the season in trade (WB), the most the team can pay is 120% of their prior salary (without using a larger exception or cap room).
Qualifying offers do not count towards the total team salary for that season and are informational only.
Unsigned first-round picks (UF) are not guaranteed until signed but their salary counts against the cap during the offseason. A typical UF gets a bump of 120% upon signing.
Players with at least three years of experience who are signed to a one-year, vet-min contract are only charged $854,389 to the cap and tax. Actual salary amount, which applies to trades is listed under notes.
“Camp invites” can put a team over the hard cap but the math must be resolved by opening night.
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