The salary cap will be $63.065 million. That is slightly lower than published projections but still represents a 7.5 percent increase over last season’s $58.679 million. The increase is just short of the mid-level exception, which means teams can add another player without using that exception. So much for the league’s financial struggles.
The luxury tax threshold is $76.829 million. That is an increase of 7.1 percent over last season’s figure of $71.748 million. But the tax line still represents a hard ceiling for the majority of teams.
The salary floor is $56.759 million. It is 90 percent of the salary cap and represents the absolute least a team can spend on players. Teams below the floor at the end of the season have to write a check for the difference to the NBA Players Association.
The tax apron is $80.829 million. It is always $4 million above the tax threshold. Teams above the apron lose certain rights, such as contract length, the ability to do sign-and-trade deals and use of the mid-level and bi-annual exception.
YEAR 1: $5.305 million
YEAR 2: $5.544 million
YEAR 3: $5.782 million
YEAR 4: $6.021 million
The taxpayer mid-level exception is $3.278 million. Players can be signed for up to three years at raises of 4.5 percent. So …
YEAR 1: $3.278 million
YEAR 2: $3.426 million
YEAR 3: $3.573 million
The bi-annual exception is $2.077 million. It is exactly as it sounds; teams can use it every two years, for two-year deals with a 4.5 percent raise in the second year. So …
YEAR 1: $2.077 million
YEAR 2: $2,170 million
The room exception is $2.732 million. It can only be used by teams who are below the salary cap and cannot use their other exceptions. It can be used annually for two-year deals with a 4.5 percent raise in the second year. So …
YEAR 1: $2.732 million
YEAR 2: $2.855 million
The minimum salary is $507,336. For the first time in NBA history, every player will make at least half a million bucks for an entire season.
The maximum salary for players with 0-6 years is $14,746,000. That is roughly 25 percent of the salary cap. Signing a player from another team to a four-year contract with the maximum 4.5 percent annual raises totals $62,970,000. Signing a player from your own team to a four-year contract with the maximum 7.5 percent raises totals $65,620,000. Signing a player from your own team to a five-year contract with the maximum 7.5 percent raises totals $84,790,000.
The maximum salary for players with 7-9 years is $17,695,200. That is roughly 30 percent of the salary cap. The four-year deal with 4.5 percent raises totals $75,558,700. The four-year deal with 7.5 percent raises totals $78,743,700. The fifth year brings it to $101,747,700.
The maximum salary for players with 10-plus years is $20,644,400. That is roughly 35 percent of the salary cap. The four-year deal with 4.5 percent raises totals $88,153,400. The four-year deal with 7.5 percent raises is $91,867,400. The fifth year brings it to $118,705,400.
Players also can opt for 105 percent of their previous salary if it is larger than the maximum salary.