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Houston Rockets 2019-20 Salary Cap

An updated look at the Houston Rockets 2019-20 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 (15) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
WestbrookRussell Westbrook S-MAX 30 PG Bird $38,506,482 - - ($38,506,482) $38,506,482 27.09
HardenJames Harden S-MAX 30 SG Bird $38,199,000 - - ($38,199,000) $38,199,000 26.87
CapelaClint Capela 25 C Bird $14,896,552 - - ($14,896,552) $14,896,552 10.48
GordonEric Gordon 30 SG Cap Space $14,057,730 - - ($14,057,730) $14,057,730 9.89
HilarioNene Hilario 37 C Bird $2,564,753 - $7,435,247 ($2,564,753) $10,000,000 7.04
TuckerP.J. Tucker 34 SF MLE $8,349,039 - - ($10,918,227) $8,349,039 5.87
HouseDanuel House 26 SF Mini MLE $3,540,000 - - ($3,540,000) $3,540,000 2.49
AndersonRyan Anderson 31 PF Minimum $2,564,753 - - ($500,000) $2,564,753 1.80
RiversAustin Rivers 27 SG Minimum $2,174,318 - - ($2,174,318) $2,174,318 1.53
McLemoreBen McLemore 26 SG Minimum $2,028,594 - - ($500,000) $2,028,594 1.43
ChandlerTyson Chandler 36 C Minimum $2,564,753 - - ($1,620,564) $1,620,564 1.14
GreenGerald Green 33 SG Minimum $2,564,753 - - ($1,620,564) $1,620,564 1.14
SefoloshaThabo Sefolosha 35 SF Minimum $2,564,753 - - ($1,620,564) $1,620,564 1.14
ClarkGary Clark 24 SF Mini MLE $1,416,852 - - ($708,426) $1,416,852 1.00
HartensteinIsaiah Hartenstein 21 PF Mini MLE $1,416,852 - - ($708,426) $1,416,852 1.00


2019-20 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 %
ClemonsChris Clemons 22 PG minimum-salary -       -  
FrazierMichael Frazier 25 SG -       -  


2019-20 Dead Cap

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

Player (2) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Signing Bonus Trade Kicker Dead Money Cap Figure Cap %
WilliamsTroy Williams 24 SF $122,741 - - - $122,741 0.09
BennettAnthony Bennett 26 PF $6,000 - - - $6,000 0.00


2019-20 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 (4) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
BlackTarik Black 27 PF Non-Bird         $3,948,000  
FariedKenneth Faried 29 PF Non-Bird         $1,618,486  
JohnsonJoe Johnson 38 SG Non-Bird         $1,618,486  
BrownMarkel Brown 27 SG Non-Bird         $1,443,842  


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.

Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception Details is awarded annually to teams who are above the cap and above the Luxury Tax Apron ($138,928,000) and can be used for contracts up to 3 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
Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception $5,718,000
($2,178,000)
Danuel House ($3,540,000)
Bi-Annual Exception $3,620,000
($3,620,000)
Trade Exception $955,172
($955,172)
Michael Carter-Williams trade with CHI 01/07/2020
Trade Exception $1,512,601
($1,512,601)
Carmelo Anthony trade with CHI 01/22/2020
Trade Exception $3,206,160
($3,206,160)
Marquese Chriss trde with CLE 02/06/2020
Trade Exception $3,620,014
($3,620,014)
Brandon Knight trade to CLE 02/06/2020
Trade Exception $1,621,415
($1,621,415)
James Ennis trade with PHI 02/07/2020
Trade Exception $1,512,601
($1,512,601)
Nik Stauskas trade with IND 02/07/2020
Trade Exception $1,544,951
($1,544,951)
Wade Baldwin trade with IND 02/07/2020


2019-20 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
2019 NBA Luxury Tax Threshold $132,627,000
Total Taxable Salaries $142,311,984
Luxury Tax Space $-9,684,984
Est. Luxury Tax Bill $15,698,724


2019-20 Houston Rockets Salary Cap Totals

The Rockets 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 Total
Active Roster Cap $142,011,864
Dead Money $128,741
Cap Holds $26,221,728
Total Salaries $142,140,605
2019 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Actual Cap Max Space $-33,000,605
Cap Type Cap Total
Active Roster Cap $142,011,864
Dead Money $128,741
Cap Holds $26,221,728
Total Cap Allocations $142,140,605
2019 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Cap Max Space $-33,000,605



Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2019-20
01/10/2020 Ben McLemore Guaranteed $2,028,594
01/10/2020 Shamorie Ponds Guaranteed $898,310
01/10/2020 Ryan Anderson Guaranteed $2,564,753
01/10/2020 Isaiah Hartenstein Guaranteed $1,416,852
02/15/2020 Nene Hilario 2020-21 Guaranteed $2,692,991
06/29/2020 Shamorie Ponds 2020-21 Qualifying Offer $1,749,812
06/29/2020 Chris Clemons 2020-21 Qualifying Offer $1,544,548
06/29/2020 Michael Frazier 2020-21 Club Option $1,663,861
06/29/2020 Austin Rivers 2020-21 Player Option $2,369,663
06/30/2020 Ben McLemore 2020-21 Guaranteed $2,283,034
06/30/2020 Isaiah Hartenstein 2020-21 Guaranteed $1,663,861
2020-21
07/01/2020 P.J. Tucker Guaranteed $7,969,537
08/01/2020 Gary Clark Guaranteed $1,663,861
06/29/2021 Isaiah Hartenstein 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,079,826
06/29/2021 Michael Frazier 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,145,192
06/29/2021 Gary Clark 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,145,192
2021-22
06/29/2022 James Harden 2022-23 Player Option $47,366,760
06/29/2022 Russell Westbrook 2022-23 Player Option $47,063,478
2022-23
06/29/2023 Eric Gordon 2023-24 Guaranteed $20,917,902