UPDATED AFTER 2019 NBA DRAFT - The Blazers drafted Nassir Little with their #25 pick.
UPDATED AFTER BAZEMORE TRADE - The Blazers traded Evan Turner for Kent Bazemore.
UPDATED JULY 2 - After acquisition of Rodney Hood (TP-MLE), Hassan Whiteside (traded Meyers Leonard & Moe Harkless), Mario Hezonja & Anthony Tolliver (Minimum Salary Contract Exceptions)
UPDATED JULY 3 - After Jake Layman traded to Minnesota
UPDATED JULY 25 - The Blazers sign Pau Gasol for 14th roster spot.
I've written a separate FanPost about preserving $21M of 2020 Cap Room.
The Blazers Roster to start the 2019-20 Season is nearing completion. They currently have 14 Players under contract and 1 open roster spot. Teams are required to have a minimum of 14 (non-two-way) players. Neil Olshey often prefers to leave the 15th and final spot open for a future acquisition via a 1-for-2 player trade, or to pick up a Free Agent later.
The Blazers have also signed Jaylen Hoard to a 2-way contract. He does not count against the team salary, luxury tax, nor their 15 possible roster spots.
2019-20 Team Salary
The team salary for the 14 current contracts is $139.9M. They also have $5.1M in dead money (the stretched contracts of the waived players Ezeli, Varejao, and Nicholson), which counts against their team salary.
Therefore, the total team salary for those 14 players plus the Dead Money is $145.0M. The Salary cap is $109.14M, putting the Blazers $35.9M over the cap. The Apron is $138.9M, which puts the Blazers $6.1M over the Apron.
2019-20 Luxury Tax
If the roster remains unchanged on the last day of the season, the Blazers Taxable Team Salary would be $143.8M (there is a $1.25M adjustment to the team salary because Nurk will not earn his "likely" Bonus as result of not playing enough games due to his injury recovery period). That is $11.2M over the Luxury Tax Threshold ($132.6M) which will produce a $19.2M tax. The Blazers total salary including tax would then be $162.9M.
|3||Hassan Whiteside (Expiring Bird)||27,093,019|
|4||Kent Bazemore (Expiring Bird)||19,269,662|
|6||Rodney Hood (P. Option, Early Bird)||5,717,934|
|8||Skal Labissiere (Potential RFA)||2,338,847|
|11||Mario Hezonja (P. Option Non-Bird)||1,737,145|
|12||Anthony Tolliver (Expiring Non-Bird)||1,620,564|
|14||Gary Trent Jr||1,445,697|
|Subtotal (14 Players)||139,947,992|
|Subtotal w/Dead Money||145,039,100|
|Salary Tax Adjustment (Nurk)||(1,250,000)|
|Taxable Team Salary||143,789,100|
|Over Tax Level||11,162,100|
|Total Salary with Tax||162,944,350|
Minimum Salary Contract Exception
The Blazers can still use the Minimum Salary Contract Exception to add a 15th player to the current Roster. That exception allows teams to add players at a player’s minimum salary even when the team is over the salary cap and has no other exceptions they can use. The minimum salary for rookies is about $900K this year. Players with 3 years or more experience on a 1-year minimum salary contract count against the team salary the same as a 2-year player’s minimum salary (about $1.6M this year) and the league pays the additional salary to the player.
The Blazers used the Traded Player Exception to acquire Kent Bazemore for Evan Turner, and Hassan Whiteside for Moe Harkless and Meyers Leonard. They acquired Rodney Hood with the TaxPayer Mid-Level Exception (MLE). They acquired Mario Hezonja, Anthony Tolliver, and Pau Gasol with the Minimum Player Exception.
Because Hezonja was given a 2-year contract (2nd year Player Option) the Blazers are charged the entire $1.7M of his minimum salary contract. Because Anthony Tolliver and Pau Gasol were given a 1-year minimum salary contracts the Blazers are charged only $1.6M (the minimum salary for a veteran with 2-years of experience) and the NBA pays the remaining $1M of their $2.6M minimum salaries (as 10+ year veterans).
The Blazers are NOT hard-capped because they did not use the Bi-annual Exception, any of the Non-TaxPayer Mid Level Exception (MLE) in excess of the $5.7M TaxPayer MLE, and they did not receive a player in a Sign-and-Trade deal. They are now prohibited from receiving a player in a sign-and-trade deal for the remainder of the season because they used the TP-MLE.
Trades for Teams Over the Salary Cap
Teams that finish a trade over the salary cap can take back no more than 125%+$100K of the salary they send out in a trade.
Expiring Contracts - Free Agent Bird Rights - Blazers' 2020 Maximum Contract Offers
Players with expiring contracts, or players whose contracts could expire because of options, can not be traded after the end of the season. i.e. They can not be traded leading up to, on, or after Draft Day,
Rodney Hood - Player Option for 2020 - Early Bird Rights, maximum $10.0M
Mario Hezonja - Player Option for 2020 - Non-Bird Rights, maximum $2.08M
Anthony Tolliver - Expiring Contract - Non-Bird Rights, maximum $3.1M
Pau Gasol - Expiring Contract - Non-Bird Rights, maximum $3.1M
Kent Bazemore - Expiring Contract - Full Bird Rights, player's maximum salary
Hassan Whiteside - Expiring Contract - Full Bird Rights, player's maximum salary
Skal Labissiere - Restricted Free Agent after $3.48M QO - Full Bird Rights, match any offer sheet