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NBA Salary Cap, Luxury Tax Numbers for 2018-19 Season Announced

The league informs its franchises that the cap will lie just south of $102 million in the coming year.

NBA: Playoffs-Portland Trail Blazers at New Orleans Pelicans Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA salary cap and luxury tax for the 2018-19 season have been announced. The salary cap will sit at $101.8 million, luxury tax at $123 million. Mid-level exceptions range from $4.4 million to $8.6 million. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted the details.

The Portland Trail Blazers are committed to $110.5 million in guaranteed salary next season without factoring in the contract of center Jusuf Nurkic. Portland tendered a $4.7 million qualifying offer to Nurkic this week. If he signed that one-year deal, their cap obligation would reach $115.2 million with 9 players under contract. Any better contract offer to Nurkic would raise that amount.

If the Blazers retain Jake Layman, Wade Baldwin, and Georgios Papagiannis, their obligation would rise to approximately $119.8 million for a 12-player roster. They’d have roughly $3.2 million for final roster spots before hitting the tax threshold. That number assumes Nurkic playing for the qualifying offer amount.


Here are precise numbers on some of the ancillary items, including the apron—possibly a concern for Portland—at $129.8 million.


Cap projections for 2019-2021 have also been released.