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Denver Nuggets 2021-22 Salary Cap

Nuggets 2021-22 Salary Cap

An updated look at the Denver Nuggets 2021 salary cap table, including team cap space, dead cap figures, and complete breakdowns of player cap hits, salaries, and bonuses.

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Player Option
Club Option
Non-Guaranteed
Estimate
Player (15) Pos. Cap Figure Base
Salary
Likely
Incent.
Unlikely
Incent.
Trade
Bonus
Cap Figure Cap % Cash Remaining
(Guaranteed)
Notes
Jokic Nikola Jokic C $31,579,390 $30,510,423 $1,068,967 - - $31,579,390 22.79 $65,196,160
($62,989,260)
Free Agent (Max) / Bird
Murray Jamal Murray PG $29,467,800 $29,467,800 - - - $29,467,800 21.27 $130,968,000
($130,968,000)
Rk Extension / Bird
Knee
Gordon Aaron Gordon PF $16,409,091 $16,409,091 - $1,000,000 - $16,409,091 11.84 $103,049,092
($103,049,092)
Acquired via Trade
Barton Will Barton SF $15,625,000 $15,625,000 - $1,000,000 - $15,625,000 11.28 $30,000,000
($30,000,000)
Free Agent / Bird
Morris Monte Morris PG $8,849,071 $8,849,071 - - - $8,849,071 6.39 $27,774,997
($27,774,997)
Vet Extension / Bird
Green JaMychal Green PF $8,200,000 $8,200,000 - $200,000 - $8,200,000 5.92 $16,400,000
($16,400,000)
Free Agent / Non-Bird
Porter Jr. Michael Porter Jr. SF $5,258,735 $5,258,735 - - - $5,258,735 3.80 $177,808,735
($150,538,735)
Drafted / Rookie Scale
Green Jeff Green PF $4,500,000 $4,500,000 - $500,000 - $4,500,000 3.25 $9,000,000
($9,000,000)
Free Agent / NT-MLE
Campazzo Facundo Campazzo PG $3,200,000 $3,100,000 $100,000 - - $3,200,000 2.31 $3,200,000
($3,100,000)
Free Agent / Bi-Annual
Nnaji Zeke Nnaji PF $2,498,760 $2,498,760 - - - $2,498,760 1.80 $9,422,841
($5,116,560)
Drafted / Rookie Scale
Bol Bol Bol C $2,161,152 $2,161,152 - - - $2,161,152 1.56 $2,161,152
($2,151,220)
/ NT-MLE
G'teed: $2,151,220
Hyland Nah'Shon Hyland PG $2,096,880 $2,096,880 - - - $2,096,880 1.51 $10,763,119
($4,298,280)
Drafted / Rookie Scale
Dozier P.J. Dozier PG $1,910,860 $1,910,860 - - - $1,910,860 1.38 $1,910,860
($200,000)
RoS / NT-MLE
G'teed: $200,000
Cancar Vlatko Cancar SF $1,782,621 $1,782,621 - - - $1,782,621 1.29 $1,782,621
($1,782,621)
/ NT-MLE
Hip
Rivers Austin Rivers PG $1,669,178 $2,401,537 - - - $1,669,178 1.20 $2,401,537
($2,401,537)
Free Agent / Minimum


2021-22 Two-Way

Players signed to Two-Way contracts that are currently designated to G-League affiliate. Two-way salaries do not count against a team's Total Cap Allocations.

Player (2) Pos.
CorneliePetr Cornelie PF          
HowardMarkus Howard PG          


2021-22 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Nuggets are currently over the league salary cap, these cap holds do not count against their Total Cap figure. Renouncing these cap holds will NOT afford the team any new cap space. These figures are not counted toward a team's Luxury Tax Allocation.

Player (2) Pos. Qualifying Offer Likely Incent. Unlikely Incent. Trade Kicker Cap Figure Rights
DanielsTroy Daniels SG - $1,669,178
JeffersonRichard Jefferson SF - $1,669,178


Exceptions

Exceptions are essentially "grants" offering teams an additional way to sign players. Exceptions can be split up for multiple player signings, however only one of these exceptions may be used in a season and they cannot be combined.

Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception Details is awarded annually to teams who are above the cap but below the Luxury Tax Apron ($143,002,000) and can be used for contracts up to 4 years in length.

Trade Exception Details becomes available when a team relinquishes more salary than it acquires during a trade. The "credit" balance remains as an exception that can be used within the next year to acquire salary via trade without further relinquishing additional salary.

Type Amount (Remaining) Reason/Notes Expire Date
Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception $9,536,000
($4,536,000)
Jeff Green ($4,500,000)
Trade Exception $2,193,480
($2,193,480)
RJ Hampton trade with ORL 02/11/2022
Trade Exception $1,620,564
($1,620,564)
Isaiah Hartenstein trade with CLE 02/11/2022


2021-22 Luxury Tax Totals

Denotes the Nuggets current standing in terms of the luxury tax threshold. Teams that spend over the threshold pay fines (estimated below).

Type Totals
2021 NBA Luxury Tax Threshold $136,606,000
Total Taxable Salaries $135,208,538
Current Luxury Tax Space $1,397,462


2021-22 Denver Nuggets Salary Cap Totals

The Nuggets are currently over the league salary cap. This means Cap Holds & Exceptions are NOT included in their Total Cap Allocations, and renouncing these figures will not afford them any cap space. The team may only sign outside players using any available exceptions or at league minimum salaries.

Cap Type Cap Total
Active Roster Cap $135,208,538
Cap Holds $3,338,356
Total Cap Allocations $138,546,894
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-26,132,894
 

2021-22 Practical Cap Space

Available Practical Cap Space: $-26,132,894 — $-21,083,678

$-26,132,894
Projected Practical Cap Space:

This is calculated by determining all guaranteed salaries + any dead cap from non-guaranteed salaries + estimated exercised and declined options + estimated retained cap holds and draft pool cap holds.

$-21,083,678
Maximum Possible Cap Space:

This is calculated by determining all guaranteed salaries + any dead cap from non-guaranteed salaries. All other options, cap holds, exceptions are assumed as declined, waived or renounced.





Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2022-23
10/31/2022 RJ Hampton 2023-24 Club Option $4,220,057
10/31/2022 Nah'Shon Hyland 2023-24 Club Option $2,306,400
10/31/2022 Zeke Nnaji 2023-24 Club Option $4,306,281
2023-24
10/31/2023 Nah'Shon Hyland 2024-25 Club Option $4,158,439
06/30/2024 RJ Hampton 2024-25 Qualifying Offer $6,169,724
06/30/2024 Zeke Nnaji 2024-25 Qualifying Offer $6,235,495
2024-25
06/29/2025 Aaron Gordon 2025-26 Player Option $22,841,455
06/30/2025 Nah'Shon Hyland 2025-26 Qualifying Offer $12,475,318