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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
Player (7) Age Pos. Cap Figure Signed Using Base Salary Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap % Future Gteed Cash
JamesLeBron James 36 SF $41,180,544 Bird
Max Ext (%)
$41,180,544 ($41,180,544) $41,180,544 33.78 $44,474,988
DavisAnthony Davis 28 PF $35,361,360 Bird
Max (30%)
$35,361,360 ($35,361,360) $35,361,360 29.01 $121,800,240
Caldwell-PopeKentavious Caldwell-Pope 28 SG $13,038,862 Bird $13,038,862 ($13,038,862) $13,038,862 10.70 $4,888,118
KuzmaKyle Kuzma 26 PF $13,000,000 Bird $13,000,000 ($13,000,000) $13,000,000 10.66 $26,000,000
HarrellMontrezl Harrell 27 PF $9,720,900 NT-MLE $9,720,900 ($9,720,900) $9,720,900 7.97 -
GasolMarc Gasol 36 C $2,692,991 Minimum $2,692,991 ($2,692,991) $2,692,991 2.21 -
McKinnieAlfonzo McKinnie 29 SF $1,910,860 NT-MLE $1,910,860 - $1,910,860 1.57 -

2021-22 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 %
DengLuol Deng 36 SF $5,000,000 - - - $5,000,000 4.10

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 (11) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Qualifying Offer Cap Figure Cap %
SchröderDennis Schröder 28 PG Bird   - $24,000,000  
CarusoAlex Caruso 27 SG Bird   - $5,225,000  
MatthewsWesley Matthews 34 SG Non-Bird   - $4,347,600  
Horton-TuckerTalen Horton-Tucker 20 SG Restricted Early Bird   $1,869,178 $1,869,178  
DrummondAndre Drummond 28 C Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
DudleyJared Dudley 36 SF Early Bird   - $1,669,178  
McLemoreBen McLemore 28 SF Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
MorrisMarkieff Morris 32 PF Early Bird   - $1,669,178  
WaitersDion Waiters 29 SG   - $1,669,178  
AntetokounmpoKostas Antetokounmpo 23 PF Two-Way   $1,489,065 $1,489,065  
CacokDevontae Cacok 24 C Two-Way   $1,489,065 $1,489,065  
Incomplete Roster Charge 5 spots 5 spots           $4,626,290    
Round 1, Pick #22           $2,451,120    


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 ($143,096,000) and can be used for contracts up to 4 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 $9,536,000
Trade Exception $674,408
JaVale McGee trade with CLE 08/09/2021

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 $123,774,695
Current Luxury Tax Space $12,831,305

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 $116,905,517
Dead Money $5,000,000
Cap Holds $53,843,208
Total Cap Allocations $121,905,517
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-63,334,725

2021-22 Practical Cap Space

Available Practical Cap Space: $-58,186,275 — $-1,787,683

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.

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.


Deadline Date Player Type Value
07/31/2021 Montrezl Harrell Player Option $9,720,900
01/10/2022 Alfonzo McKinnie Guaranteed $1,910,860
06/29/2022 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 2022-23 Guaranteed $14,004,703
01/10/2023 Alfonzo McKinnie Guaranteed $2,165,298