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.
NBA has informed teams of 2018-19 season salary cap and tax: New salary cap: $101.8M; Luxury Tax: $123M. Non-Tax Mid-level: $8.6M; Tax-payers mid-level: $5.3M; Room Mid-Level: $4.4M. Bi-annual: $3.4M— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 1, 2018
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.
Non-taxpayer MLE $8.641M; Taxpayer MLE $5.337M; Room MLE $4.449M, Bi-Annual $3.382M; Cash in trade limit $5.243M; Apron $129.817M. Maximums: 0-6 = $25,467,250; 7-9 (Paul George) = $30,560,700, 10+ (Bron) = $35,654,150.— Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) July 1, 2018
Cap projections for 2019-2021 have also been released.
Very important information buried in the NBA's salary cap memo sent to teams: projection for 2019-20 cap up to $109 million, and then $116 million for 2020-21. Cap is set at $101.9M for upcoming 2018-19 season.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) July 1, 2018