Los Angeles Lakers Team Salary
Quick: Well over tax. 48th Pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. Cap room can be attained with the amnesty of Kobe Bryant, the opting out of Metta World Peace and other cuts (maximum of $18.4 million in space without trades).
Exceptions: Mini Mid-Level at an estimated $1.59 million remaining; $1,174,080 TPE (Christian Eyenga, expires 8/12/13)
Acquisitions: Steve Nash was sent to the Lakers on 7/11/12 via sign and trade on a three-year contract. For now the salary is estimated at the maximum the Lakers were capable of paying via the $8.9 million Lamar Odom TPE (with $100k padding). The Lakers send their 2013 and 2015 first-round picks along with seconds in 2013 and 2014. Darius Morris accepted his qualifying offer on 7/2/12. Signed Antawn Jamison on a one-year minimum contract. Re-signed Jordan Hill on a two-year $7.1 million contract. Traded for Dwight Howard, Earl Clark and Chris Duhon, sending Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers and Josh McRoberts/Christian Eyenga/draft considerations to the Orlando Magic. Devin Ebanks accepted his one-year qualifying offer. Signed Jodie Meeks to a two-year, $3.05 million contract (second-year team option). Invited Robert Sacre, Darius Johnson-Odom, Reeves Nelson, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ronnie Aguilar and Greg Somogyi to camp on one-year, partial/non-guaranteed deals. Signed Andrew Goudelock to finish out the season.
Waived Players: Reeves Nelson, Ronnie Aguilar, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Greg Somogyi, Andrew Goudelock, Darius Johnson-Odom
Roster Count: 15 guaranteed
PG: Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Darius Morris, Chris Duhon
SG: Kobe Bryant, Jodie Meeks, Andrew Goudelock
SF: Metta World Peace, Earl Clark, Devin Ebanks
PF: Pau Gasol, Antawn Jamison
C: Dwight Howard, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre
*Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.
* The Lakers technically have rights on a long list of inactive players, none of which can be used in a sign and trade (Ron Harper, Shammond Williams, Karl Malone, Horace Grant, Jim Jackson, Ira Newble, Theo Ratliff, Mitch Richmond, John Salley, Brian Shaw and Joe Smith).
Head Coach: Mike D’Antoni (four-year deal, last year team option)
Unsigned Second-Round Picks: Chinemelu Elonu, Sergei Lishouk, Ater Majok
Amnesty: Available. Eligible players include Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace (E) and Steve Blake.
2013 – Owe first-rounder (unprotected) to Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash).
2013 – Cleveland Cavaliers have the right to swap first-rounders (Ramon Sessions), prior to the Laker pick going to the Suns if the Lakers make the playoffs. If the Lakers are a lottery team, it goes directly to the Suns. If the pick is swapped, it’s the least favorable among the Cavaliers, Miami HEAT and Sacramento Kings’ first-rounders, which then goes to Phoenix.
2013 – Owe second-rounder to Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash).
2013 – Owed second-rounder (top-55 protected) from Memphis Grizzlies (Chris Mihm).
2013 – Owed second-rounder (top-40 protected, unprotected in 2014) from Denver Nuggets (Chukwudiebere Maduabum).
2013 – Dallas Mavericks have the right to swap second-rounders (Lamar Odom), prior to the Laker pick going to the Suns.
2014 – Owe second-rounder to Minnesota Timberwolves (Steve Nash, Wesley Johnson).
2015 – Owe first-rounder (top-five protected) to Phoenix Suns (Steve Nash).
2015 – Owe second-rounder (top-40 protected) to Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard).
2017 – Owe first-rounder (top-five protected, otherwise converts to 2017 and 2018 second-rounders) to Orlando Magic (Dwight Howard).
Cash Paid ($3.1 million max): $3.1 million to Suns (Steve Nash)
Key: B = Bird Rights; E = Early Bird Rights; BR = Bird/Restricted; NB = Non-Bird;
DF = Declined Option on First-Round Scale; WB = Waived Bird; M = Minimum
|Antawn Jamison||$884,293 -M|
|Metta World Peace||$11,590,920-B|
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.
Salary and team data changes quite often. If you notice a discrepancy, please notify HOOPSWORLD Senior Writer Eric Pincus.