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Houston Rockets 2020-21 Salary Cap

An updated look at the Houston Rockets 2020-21 salary cap table, including team cap space, dead cap figures, exceptions, & complete breakdowns of player cap hits, salaries, and bonuses.

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Player Option
Club Option
Estimate
Trade Kicker
Block Trade Clause
No Trade Clause
Player (16) Age Pos. Cap % Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
WestbrookRussell Westbrook S-MAX 31 PG $41,358,814 Bird $41,358,814 - - ($41,358,814) $41,358,814 29.36
HardenJames Harden S-MAX 31 SG $41,254,920 Bird $41,254,920 - - ($41,254,920) $41,254,920 29.29
GordonEric Gordon 31 SG $16,869,276 Bird $16,869,276 - - ($16,869,276) $16,869,276 11.98
WoodChristian Wood 25 PF $13,015,874 Sign-and-Trade $13,015,874 - - ($13,015,874) $13,015,874 9.24
TuckerP.J. Tucker 35 SF $7,969,537 MLE $7,969,537 - - ($7,969,537) $7,969,537 5.66
HouseDanuel House 27 SF $3,717,000 Mini MLE $3,717,000 - - ($3,717,000) $3,717,000 2.64
McLemoreBen McLemore 27 SG $2,283,034 Minimum $2,283,034 - - ($2,283,034) $2,283,034 1.62
CabocloBruno Caboclo 25 SF $2,028,594 Minimum $2,028,594 - - ($50,000) $2,028,594 1.44
NwabaDavid Nwaba 27 SG $1,824,003 Mini MLE $1,824,003 - - ($1,824,003) $1,824,003 1.30
BrownSterling Brown 25 SG $1,678,854 Minimum $1,678,854 - - ($1,678,854) $1,678,854 1.19
GreenGerald Green 34 SG $1,620,564 Minimum $2,564,753 - - - $1,620,564 1.15
CousinsDeMarcus Cousins 30 C $1,620,564 Minimum $2,331,593 - - - $1,620,564 1.15
GrantJerian Grant 27 PG $1,620,564
(est)
Minimum $1,882,867 - - - $1,620,564
(est)
1.15
ClemonsChris Clemons 23 PG $1,517,981 Mini MLE $1,517,981 - - - $1,517,981 1.08
TateJae’Sean Tate 24 SF $1,445,697 MLE $1,445,697 - - ($50,000) $1,445,697 1.03
Martin Jr.Kenyon Martin Jr. 19 SF $898,310
(est)
MLE $898,310 - - - $898,310
(est)
0.64


2020-21 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) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
JonesMason Jones 22 SG -       -  
WootenKenny Wooten 22 PF -       -  


2020-21 Dead Cap

Cap breakdowns for players who have been traded or released. All count against the team's Total Cap Allocations.

Player (1) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Signing Bonus Trade Kicker Dead Money Cap Figure Cap %
WilliamsTroy Williams 25 SF $122,741 - - - $122,741 0.09


2020-21 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Rockets are currently over the league salary cap, these cap holds do not count against their Total Cap figure. Denouncing 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 (6) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
CarrollDeMarre Carroll 34 SF Non-Bird   $1,737,274  
ChandlerTyson Chandler 37 C Non-Bird   $1,737,274  
SefoloshaThabo Sefolosha 36 SF Non-Bird   $1,731,372  
FrazierMichael Frazier 26 SG Restricted Non-Bird   $1,549,812  
HowardWilliam Howard 26 SF Restricted Non-Bird   $1,549,812  
ClemonsChris Clemons 23 PG Restricted Non-Bird   $1,544,548  


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 ($138,928,000) and can be used for contracts up to 4 years in length.

Bi-Annual Exception Details is available to any teams who are below the Luxury Tax Apron ($138,928,000), and did not use this exception in the previous season. It can be used for contracts up to 2 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 $9,258,000
($9,258,000)
Bi-Annual Exception $3,623,000
($3,623,000)
Trade Exception $3,595,333
($3,595,333)
Clint Capela trade with ATL 03/19/2021
Trade Exception $2,564,753
($2,564,753)
Nene trade with ATL 03/19/2021
Trade Exception $1,620,564
($1,620,564)
Gerald Green trade with DEN 03/19/2021
Trade Exception $1,620,564
($1,620,564)
Jordan Bell trade with MEM 03/20/2021
Trade Exception $3,174,603
($3,174,603)
Austin Rivers trade with NYK 11/27/2021


2020-21 Luxury Tax Totals

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

Type Totals
2020 NBA Luxury Tax Threshold $132,627,000
Total Taxable Salaries $141,065,620
Luxury Tax Space $-8,438,620
Est. Luxury Tax Bill $13,517,587
2020 NBA Luxury Tax Apron $138,928,000
Luxury Tax Apron Space $-2,137,620


2020-21 Houston Rockets Salary Cap Totals

This team is currently "hard-capped", which means their Total Taxable Salaries may not exceed $138,928,000 at any point during the season.

Cap Type Total
Active Roster Cap $140,723,586
Dead Money $122,741
Cap Holds $35,306,909
Total Salaries $140,846,327
2020 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Actual Cap Max Space $-67,013,236
Cap Type Cap Total
Active Roster Cap $140,723,586
Dead Money $122,741
Cap Holds $35,306,909
Total Cap Allocations $140,846,327
2020 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Cap Max Space $-67,013,236
Practical Cap Space $-23,748,983



Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2020-21
12/22/2020 Bruno Caboclo Guaranteed $2,028,594
12/22/2020 Jae’Sean Tate Guaranteed $500,000
02/27/2021 DeMarcus Cousins Guaranteed $2,331,593
02/27/2021 Chris Clemons Guaranteed $1,517,981
02/27/2021 Jae’Sean Tate Guaranteed $898,310
06/29/2021 Chris Clemons 2021-22 Club Option
06/29/2021 Michael Frazier 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,145,192
06/29/2021 Isaiah Hartenstein 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,079,826
06/29/2021 Gary Clark 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,145,192
06/29/2021 Bruno Caboclo 2021-22 Club Option
2021-22
07/14/2021 Bruno Caboclo Guaranteed $2,283,034
01/10/2022 Kenyon Martin Jr. Guaranteed $1,517,981
01/10/2022 Chris Clemons Guaranteed $1,782,621
01/10/2022 Jae’Sean Tate Guaranteed $1,517,981
06/29/2022 Russell Westbrook 2022-23 Player Option $47,063,478
06/29/2022 James Harden 2022-23 Player Option $47,366,760
2022-23
01/10/2023 Kenyon Martin Jr. Guaranteed $1,782,621
06/29/2023 Eric Gordon 2023-24 Guaranteed $20,917,902
06/29/2023 Jae’Sean Tate Club Option $1,782,621
06/29/2023 Jae’Sean Tate Guaranteed $1,782,621
2023-24
01/10/2024 Kenyon Martin Jr. Guaranteed $1,930,681