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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 30.18
HardenJames Harden S-MAX 30 SG Bird $38,199,000 - - ($38,199,000) $38,199,000 29.94
GordonEric Gordon 30 SG Cap Space $14,057,730 - - ($14,057,730) $14,057,730 11.02
CovingtonRobert Covington 28 SF Cap Space $11,301,219 - - ($11,301,219) $11,301,219 8.86
TuckerP.J. Tucker 34 SF MLE $8,349,039 - - ($10,918,227) $8,349,039 6.54
HouseDanuel House 26 SF Mini MLE $3,540,000 - - ($3,540,000) $3,540,000 2.77
RiversAustin Rivers 27 SG Minimum $2,174,318 - - ($2,174,318) $2,174,318 1.70
McLemoreBen McLemore 26 SG Minimum $2,028,594 - - ($2,028,594) $2,028,594 1.59
CabocloBruno Caboclo 24 SF Minimum $1,845,301 - - ($1,845,301) $1,845,301 1.45
ChandlerTyson Chandler 36 C Minimum $2,564,753 - - ($1,620,564) $1,620,564 1.27
SefoloshaThabo Sefolosha 35 SF Minimum $2,564,753 - - ($1,620,564) $1,620,564 1.27
HartensteinIsaiah Hartenstein 21 PF Mini MLE $1,416,852 - - ($1,416,852) $1,416,852 1.11
ClemonsChris Clemons 22 PG Mini MLE $563,347 - - ($563,347) $563,347 0.44
CarrollDeMarre Carroll 33 SF Minimum $811,447 - - ($512,721) $512,721 0.40
GreenJeff Green 33 SF Minimum $695,526 - - ($439,475) $439,475 0.34


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 %
FrazierMichael Frazier 25 SG -       -  
HowardWilliam Howard 25 SF -       -  


2019-20 Retained Cap

Cap breakdowns for players that were on the roster via 10-day contracts.

Player (1) Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Signing Bonus Trade Kicker Likely Incentives Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
GreenJeff Green SF $144,901 - - - ($91,557) $91,557 0.07


2019-20 Dead Cap

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

Player (4) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Signing Bonus Trade Kicker Dead Money Cap Figure Cap %
ClarkGary Clark 24 SF $708,426 - - - $708,426 0.56
AndersonRyan Anderson 31 PF $500,000 - - - $500,000 0.39
WilliamsTroy Williams 24 SF $122,741 - - - $122,741 0.10
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
($1,614,653)
Danuel House ($3,540,000), Chris Clemons ($563,347)
Bi-Annual Exception $3,620,000
($3,620,000)
Trade Exception $3,595,333
($3,595,333)
Clint Capela trade with ATL 02/06/2021
Trade Exception $2,564,753
($2,564,753)
Nene trade with ATL 02/06/2021
Trade Exception $1,620,564
($1,620,564)
Jordan Bell trade with MEM 02/06/2021
Trade Exception $1,620,564
($1,620,564)
Gerald Green trade with DEN 02/06/2021


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 $128,056,869
Luxury Tax Space $4,570,131


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 $126,175,206
Earned Money $91,557
Dead Money $1,337,167
Cap Holds $21,650,028
Total Salaries $127,603,930
2019 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Actual Cap Max Space $-18,463,930
Cap Type Cap Total
Active Roster Cap $126,175,206
Earned Money $91,557
Dead Money $1,337,167
Cap Holds $21,650,028
Total Cap Allocations $127,603,930
2019 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Cap Max Space $-18,463,930



Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2020-21
07/01/2020 P.J. Tucker Guaranteed $7,969,537
08/01/2020 Gary Clark Guaranteed $1,663,861
01/10/2021 Chris Clemons Guaranteed $1,517,981
06/29/2021 Chris Clemons 2021-22 Club Option $1,782,621
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 Michael Frazier 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