Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 Salary Cap

Lakers 2021-22 Salary Cap

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

Lakers – The Athletic

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
Westbrook Russell Westbrook PG $44,211,146 $44,211,146 - - - $44,211,146 26.91 $91,274,624
($91,274,624)
Acquired via Trade
James LeBron James SF $41,180,544 $41,180,544 - - - $41,180,544 25.07 $85,655,532
($85,655,532)
Vet Extension / Bird
Davis Anthony Davis PF $35,361,360 $35,361,360 - - - $35,361,360 21.53 $157,161,600
($157,161,600)
Free Agent (Max) / Bird
Horton-Tucker Talen Horton-Tucker SG $9,500,000 $9,500,000 - - - $9,500,000 5.78 $30,780,000
($30,780,000)
Free Agent / Early Bird
Nunn Kendrick Nunn SG $5,000,000 $5,000,000 - - - $5,000,000 3.04 $10,250,000
($10,250,000)
Free Agent / T-MLE
Anthony Carmelo Anthony PF $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,641,691
($2,641,691)
Free Agent / Minimum
Ariza Trevor Ariza SF $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,641,691
($2,641,691)
Free Agent / Minimum
Ellington Wayne Ellington SG $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,641,691
($2,641,691)
Free Agent / Minimum
Howard Dwight Howard C $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,641,691
($2,641,691)
Acquired via Trade
Jordan DeAndre Jordan C $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,641,691
($2,641,691)
Free Agent / Minimum
Rondo Rajon Rondo PG $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,641,691
($2,641,691)
Free Agent / Minimum
Bazemore Kent Bazemore SG $1,669,178 $2,401,537 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $2,401,537
($2,401,537)
Free Agent / Minimum
Monk Malik Monk SG $1,669,178 $1,789,256 - - - $1,669,178 1.02 $1,789,256
($1,789,256)
Free Agent / Minimum
Training Camp/Exhibit 10, Exhibit 9
BrownChaundee Brown SF $925,258 $925,258 - $925,258 - - Exhibit-10
McClungMac McClung PG $925,258 $925,258 - $925,258 - - Exhibit-10


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.
AyayiJoel Ayayi G          
ReavesAustin Reaves PG          


2021-22 Dead/Retained Cap

Cap breakdowns for players who have been released or served 10-day contracts. All count against the team's Total Cap Allocations.

Player (1) Pos. Base Salary Likely
Incent.
Unlikely
Incent.
Trade Bonus Cap Figure Cap % Notes
DengLuol Deng SF $5,000,000 - - - $5,000,000 3.04 Waived


2021-22 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Lakers 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 (5) Pos. Qualifying Offer Likely Incent. Unlikely Incent. Trade Kicker Cap Figure Rights
MatthewsWesley Matthews SG - $4,347,600 Non-Bird
DudleyJared Dudley SF - $1,669,178 Early Bird
WaitersDion Waiters SG - $1,669,178
AntetokounmpoKostas Antetokounmpo PF - $1,489,065 Two-Way
CacokDevontae Cacok C - $1,489,065 Two-Way


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 ($143,002,000) and can be used for contracts up to 3 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 $5,890,000
($890,000)
Kendrick Nunn ($5,000,000)


2021-22 Luxury Tax Totals

Denotes the Lakers 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 $153,606,474
Current Luxury Tax Space $-17,000,474
Est. Luxury Tax Bill $35,251,544


2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers Salary Cap Totals

The Lakers 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 $148,606,474
Dead Money $5,000,000
Cap Holds $10,664,086
Total Cap Allocations $164,270,560
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-51,856,560
 

2021-22 Practical Cap Space

Available Practical Cap Space: $-51,856,560 — $-36,192,474

$-51,856,560
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.

$-36,192,474
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
2023-24
07/01/2023 Talen Horton-Tucker Player Option $11,020,000