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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 (10) 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 31.46
HardenJames Harden S-MAX 31 SG $41,254,920 Bird $41,254,920 - - ($41,254,920) $41,254,920 31.38
GordonEric Gordon 31 SG $16,869,276 Bird $16,869,276 - - ($16,869,276) $16,869,276 12.83
CovingtonRobert Covington 29 SF $12,138,345 Cap Space $12,138,345 - - ($12,138,345) $12,138,345 9.23
TuckerP.J. Tucker 35 SF $7,969,537 MLE $7,969,537 - - ($7,969,537) $7,969,537 6.06
HouseDanuel House 27 SF $3,717,000 Mini MLE $3,717,000 - - ($3,717,000) $3,717,000 2.83
RiversAustin Rivers 28 SG $2,369,663 Minimum $2,369,663 - - ($2,369,663) $2,369,663 1.80
McLemoreBen McLemore 27 SG $2,283,034 Minimum $2,283,034 - - - $2,283,034 1.74
NwabaDavid Nwaba 27 SG $1,862,250 Mini MLE $1,862,250 - - - $1,862,250 1.42
ClemonsChris Clemons 23 PG $1,517,981 Mini MLE $1,517,981 - - - $1,517,981 1.15


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 (8) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
CabocloBruno Caboclo 25 SF Early Bird         $2,214,361  
CarrollDeMarre Carroll 34 SF Non-Bird         $1,737,274  
ChandlerTyson Chandler 37 C Non-Bird         $1,737,274  
GreenJeff Green 34 SF 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  
Incomplete Roster Charge
(2 spots)
          $1,919,466  


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 TBD
Bi-Annual Exception TBD
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


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 $131,682,854
Luxury Tax Space $944,146


2020-21 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 $131,340,820
Dead Money $122,741
Cap Holds $25,122,407
Total Salaries $131,463,561
2020 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Actual Cap Max Space $-22,323,561
Cap Type Cap Total
Active Roster Cap $131,340,820
Dead Money $122,741
Cap Holds $25,122,407
Total Cap Allocations $131,463,561
2020 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Cap Max Space $-22,323,561
Practical Cap Space $-21,458,961



Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2020-21
01/10/2021 Chris Clemons Guaranteed $1,517,981
06/29/2021 Michael Frazier 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,145,192
06/29/2021 Gary Clark 2021-22 Qualifying Offer $2,145,192
06/29/2021 Chris Clemons 2021-22 Club Option $1,782,621
2021-22
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
06/29/2023 Eric Gordon 2023-24 Guaranteed $20,917,902