Blazers Salary Cap Tracker 9/28/23 Update

2023-24 Salary Cap Tracker

This Fanpost is to track the Blazers salary situation as the Free Agency / Trading period / Pre-season unfolds. I'll update it during the next several months as the Blazers make moves.

This is not a prediction, it is a Tracker. It is meant to show where the Blazers are with respect to the Tax Threshold and the 1st Apron. The 1st Apron becomes a hard-cap if the Blazers use more than $5M (the TP-MLE amount) of their $12.4M MLE (Mid-Level Exception), use the $4.5M BAE (Bi-Annual Exception), or if they accept a Sign & Traded player.

The table contains players with guaranteed and non-guaranteed contracts, and Blazer Free Agents. The Blazers must have a minimum of 14, and a maximum of 15, regular player contracts entering the season. Two-Way players do not count against the salary cap so they are not included. (They may carry 21 contracts until the season begins.)

Potential Column

The Potential column is the player's current salary, or for free agents it's the maximum salary the Blazers can offer using the various Bird Rights applicable to each free agent. I've also listed the amounts of the other Exceptions (MLE, BAE, TPE) that are available to the Blazers.

Projection Column

In order to provide some context for the Blazers Salary Cap situation I've provided a Projection column, which I will update with the actual moves and transactions the Blazers make.

Projection Notes:

The Blazers received Jrue Holiday as part of the Lillard trade. Jrue doesn't fit the Blazers rebuild timeline so it is expected he will be traded for additional players or picks, perhaps within days.

The Projection/Actual column now includes 14 players, the minimum number of regular (non-2-way) contracts necessary at the start of the season (15 is the maximum allowed). The Team Salary is about $19K above the tax threshold. However, 3 players have only partially, or completely non-guaranteed contracts, and may be waived to make roster spots for additional players coming back in an expected Jrue Holiday trade.

The Blazers should be able to easily duck the luxury tax with either a Jrue Holiday trade, other trades, or by replacing one of their non-guaranteed veteran minimum contracts with a less expensive non-drafted player minimum salary contract.


1. 6/29 Thybulle - Qualifying Offer Tendered - now RFA

2. 6/29 Reddish - Qualifying Offer Not Tendered - now UFA

3. 6/30 Knox - Team Option Declined - now UFA

4. 6/30 Watford - Non-guaranteed contract - Waived

5. 7/1 Grant - Signed for $27.6M

6. 7/1 Eubanks & Reddish - signed with other teams

7. 7/2 Dame Lillard - asked to be traded

8. 7/5 Thybulle - signed $10.5M Dallas offer sheet

9. 7/6 Thybulle - Blazers matched offer sheet - 3 years, $11.5M player option 3rd year

10. 7/19 Walker - Salary became fully guaranteed for 2023-24

11. 7/28 Williams - Waived prior to contract becoming guaranteed

12. 8/22 Moses Brown - signed to 1 year contract, $250K/$500K guaranteed for camp/start of season

13. 9/27 Lillard, Nurkic, Little, Johnson - traded for Deandre Ayton, Jrue Holiday and Toumani Camara.

PORTLAND 2023-24 Potential Projection
1 Jrue Holiday 36,861,707 36,861,707
2 Deandre Ayton 32,459,438 32,459,438
3 Jerami Grant UFA re-signed 40,800,000 27,586,207
4 Anfernee Simons 24,107,143 24,107,143
5 Matisse Thybulle RFA matched 34,000,000 10,500,000
6 Scoot Henderson 9,770,880 9,770,880
7 Shaedon Sharpe 6,313,800 6,313,800
8 Kris Murray 2,847,120 2,847,120
9 Jabari Walker 1,719,864 1,719,864
10 Rayan Rupert 1,119,563 1,119,563
11 Toumani Camara 2,808,720 1,119,563
Non-guaranteed (part or all)
12 Moses Brown $250K/$500K guarantee camp/season 2,165,000
13 Duop Reath 2,165,000
14 Kevin Knox UFA Non-Bird 3,600,000 2,165,000
15 Open
Full MLE (Must be below Apron) 12,405,000
TP-MLE 5,000,000
BAE (Must be below Apron) 4,516,000
TPE (Lillard trade) 8,778,377
TPE (Payton trade) 8,300,000
TPE (Hart trade) 2,626,019
Minimum 2 yr+ Veteran 2,019,706
Subtotal 160,900,285
Dead Money 4,412,461
Subtotal w/Dead Money 165,312,746
Salary Cap 136,021,000
Over Cap 29,291,746
Tax Level 165,294,000
Over Tax Level 18,746
1st Apron 172,346,000
Above 1st Apron (7,033,254)
Tax 28,119
Total with Tax 165,340,865