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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.

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Player Option
Club Option
Non-Guaranteed
Estimate
Player (15) Pos. Cap Figure Base
Salary
Likely
Incent.
Unlikely
Incent.
Trade
Bonus
Cap Figure Cap % Notes
Westbrook Russell Westbrook PG $44,211,146 $44,211,146 - - - $44,211,146 27.48 Acquired via Trade
James LeBron James SF $41,180,544 $41,180,544 - - - $41,180,544 25.60 Vet Extension / Bird
Davis Anthony Davis PF $35,361,360 $35,361,360 - - - $35,361,360 21.98 Free Agent (Max) / Bird
Horton-Tucker Talen Horton-Tucker SG $9,500,000 $9,500,000 - - - $9,500,000 5.91 Free Agent / Early Bird
Nunn Kendrick Nunn SG $5,000,000 $5,000,000 - - - $5,000,000 3.11 Free Agent / T-MLE
Knee
Anthony Carmelo Anthony PF $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Free Agent / Minimum
Bradley Avery Bradley PG $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Acquired via Trade
Ellington Wayne Ellington SG $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Free Agent / Minimum
Howard Dwight Howard C $1,669,178 $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Acquired via Trade
Bazemore Kent Bazemore SG $1,669,178 $2,401,537 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Free Agent / Minimum
Monk Malik Monk SG $1,669,178 $1,789,256 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Free Agent / Minimum
Reaves Austin Reaves PG $925,258 $925,258 - - - $925,258 0.58 / Minimum
Johnson Stanley Johnson SF $888,616 $888,616 - - - $888,616 0.55 RoS / Minimum
Augustin D.J. Augustin PG $393,312 $622,467 - - - $393,312 0.24 RoS / Minimum
Gabriel Wenyen Gabriel PF $28,779 $29,814 - - - $28,779 0.02 RoS / Minimum


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.
JonesMason Jones SG          
McClungMac McClung 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 (3) Pos. Base Salary Likely
Incent.
Unlikely
Incent.
Trade Bonus Cap Figure Cap % Notes
DengLuol Deng SF $5,000,000 - - - $5,000,000 3.11 Waived
ArizaTrevor Ariza SF $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Waived
JordanDeAndre Jordan C $2,641,691 - - - $1,669,178 1.04 Waived
JohnsonStanley Johnson SF $120,083 - - - $95,930 0.06 10-day
JohnsonStanley Johnson SF $120,083 - - - $95,930 0.06 10-day
CollisonDarren Collison PG $151,821 - - - - 0.00 10-day
ThomasIsaiah Thomas PG $138,019 - - - - 0.00 10-day
JohnsonStanley Johnson SF $120,083 - - - - 0.00 10-day
JonesJermerrio Jones F $85,578 - - - - 0.00 10-day


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 (3) Pos. Qualifying Offer Likely Incent. Unlikely Incent. Trade Kicker Cap Figure Rights
DudleyJared Dudley SF - $1,669,178 Early Bird
WaitersDion Waiters SG - $1,669,178 Non-Bird
AntetokounmpoKostas Antetokounmpo PF - $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
($705,862)
Kendrick Nunn ($5,000,000)
Trade Exception $2,692,991
($2,692,991)
Marc Gasol trade with MEM 08/29/2022
Trade Exception $1,669,178
($1,669,178)
Rajon Rondo trade with CLE 01/03/2023


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 $156,636,217
Current Luxury Tax Space $-20,030,217
Est. Luxury Tax Bill $45,113,318


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 $147,504,083
Dead Money $8,530,216
Cap Holds $4,827,421
Total Cap Allocations $160,861,720
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-48,447,720




Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2022-23
01/10/2023 Austin Reaves Guaranteed $1,563,518
01/10/2023 Wenyen Gabriel Guaranteed $1,878,720
06/30/2023 Austin Reaves 2023-24 Qualifying Offer $2,055,319
2023-24
07/01/2023 Talen Horton-Tucker Player Option $11,020,000