Los Angeles Clippers Team Salary
Quick: Over the cap. Hard cap. 25th Pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Maximum space without trades in July ($60 million cap) = ~$11,306,011.
Exceptions: TPE $1,622,617 (Reggie Evans, expires 7/11/13)
Acquisitions: Jamal Crawford signed via the Mid-Level Exception for four years, with unverified partial guarantees on the final two years. Generated a $1.62 million trade exception and the right to swap 2016 second-round picks with the Brooklyn Nets for Reggie Evans (via S&T). Chauncey Billups is back at $4 million for a season. Blake Griffin signed a five-year, designated rookie scale exception. The numbers can only be estimated until next summer when the new salary cap is announced. Should Griffin win league MVP, get voted into the All-Star game as a starter or is selected to an All-NBA Team, he will be eligible for a much larger figure. Update: Griffin hit the super-max criteria by getting voted as an All-Star starter for the second-straight year. Grant Hill also signed for two years via the Bi-Annual Exception. Inked Ryan Hollins and Ronny Turiaf to one-year minimum deals. Acquired Willie Green via sign and trade with the Atlanta Hawks using a trade exception on a three-year, $4.2 million deal (second/third years partial/non-guaranteed) and the rights to Sofocles Schortsianitis. Signed Matt Barnes to a one-year, guaranteed minimum. Camp invites include Marqus Blakely, Trent Plaisted, Hank Thorns, Courtney Fortson and Chris Johnson. Signed Maalik Wayns and DaJuan Summer to a pair of 10-day contracts and then a pair of two-year deals (second season partial/non-guaranteed).
Waived Players: Courtney Fortson, Chris Johnson, Ryan Gomes, Hank Thorns, Trent Plaisted, Travis Leslie, Marqus Blakely, Trey Thompkins
Note: Because the Clippers used their Mid-Level Exception, they have a hard cap throughout the 2012/13 NBA Season at $74.307 million. Billups re-signed on a one-year deal with Bird Rights, giving him an implicit no-trade clause.
Roster Count: 15 guaranteed
PG: Chris Paul, Eric Bledsoe, Maalik Wayns
SG: Chauncey Billups, Jamal Crawford, Willie Green
SF: Caron Butler, Matt Barnes, Grant Hill
PF: Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom, DaJuan Summers
C: DeAndre Jordan, Ryan Hollins, Ronny Turiaf
*Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.
Non-Bird: Bobby Simmons
Head Coach: Vacant
Unsigned Second-Round Picks: None
Amnesty: Ryan Gomes, $4 million
2013 – Owe second-rounder (top-55 protected) to Detroit Pistons (Alex Acker).
2014 – Owe second-rounder (top-55 protected) to San Antonio Spurs (Bobby Brown, Curtis Jerrells).
2015 – Owe second-rounder (top-55 protected) to Denver Nuggets (Cheikh Samb).
2015 – Owe second-rounder (only in 51-55 range) to Houston Rockets (Hassan Adams, David Andersen).
2015 – Owed second-rounder (or cash) from Memphis Grizzlies (Mike James, Chris Paul).
2016 – Owe second-rounder (top-55 protected) to New Orleans Hornets (Rasual Butler).
2016 – Clippers have the right to swap second-rounders with the Brooklyn Nets (if Los Angeles’ pick is in 31-55 range, Reggie Evans).
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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