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New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans 2021-22 Salary Cap

Pelicans 2021-22 Salary Cap

An updated look at the New Orleans Pelicans 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

Pending Transactions!

The following players are currently pending based on a proposed trade or free agent signing. The New Orleans Pelicans active roster will be updated once the trades/signings become official.

Player (7) From To Age Pos. Incoming Cap Outgoing Cap
BledsoeEric Bledsoe 31 PG $18,125,000
AdamsSteven Adams 28 C $17,073,171
ValanciunasJonas Valanciunas 29 C $14,000,000
GrahamDevonte' Graham Free Agent 26 PG $10,930,233
SatoranskyTomas Satoransky 29 SG $10,000,000
LouzadaDidi Louzada Free Agent 22 SF $1,489,065
TempleGarrett Temple Free Agent 35 SG $0

Active Roster

Player (10) Age Pos. Cap Figure Signed Using Base Salary Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap % Future Gteed Cash
IngramBrandon Ingram 24 SF $29,467,800 Bird
Max (25%)
$29,467,800 ($29,467,800) $29,467,800 18.01 $101,500,200
BledsoeEric Bledsoe 31 PG $18,125,000 Bird $18,125,000 ($18,125,000) $18,125,000 11.08 $3,900,000
AdamsSteven Adams 28 C $17,073,171 Extend-and-Trade $17,073,171 ($17,073,171) $17,073,171 10.43 $17,926,829
WilliamsonZion Williamson 21 PF $10,733,400 Rookie $10,733,400 ($10,733,400) $10,733,400 6.56 -
HayesJaxson Hayes 21 C $5,348,280 Rookie $5,348,280 ($5,348,280) $5,348,280 3.27 -
Lewis Jr.Kira Lewis Jr. 20 PG $3,822,240 Rookie $3,822,240 ($3,822,240) $3,822,240 2.34 -
Alexander-WalkerNickeil Alexander-Walker 23 SG $3,261,480 Rookie $3,261,480 ($3,261,480) $3,261,480 1.99 -
IwunduWesley Iwundu 26 SF $1,824,003 Minimum $1,824,003 ($1,824,003) $1,824,003 1.11 -
GabrielWenyen Gabriel 24 PF $1,762,796 Minimum $1,762,796 - $1,762,796 1.08 -
MarshallNaji Marshall 23 SF $1,517,981 NT-MLE $1,517,981 ($1,517,981) $1,517,981 0.93 $1,782,621

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 (1) Age Pos.
NunnallyJames Nunnally 31 SF          

2021-22 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Pelicans 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 (6) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Qualifying Offer Cap Figure Cap %
BallLonzo Ball 23 PG Restricted Bird   $14,359,935 $27,509,455  
JohnsonJames Johnson 34 PF Bird   - $24,070,650  
HartJosh Hart 26 SG Restricted Bird   $5,236,738 $10,473,477  
WilliamsZiaire Williams 20 SG 1st Round Rookie Scale   - $4,373,160  
LouzadaDidi Louzada 22 SF Restricted Non-Bird   $1,689,065 $1,689,065  
HernangomezWilly Hernangomez 27 C Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
Incomplete Roster Charge 1 spots 1 spots           $925,258    


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.

Bi-Annual Exception Details is available to any teams who are below the Luxury Tax Apron ($143,096,000), 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 $9,536,000
Bi-Annual Exception $3,732,000
Trade Exception $3,897,436
Nicolo Melli trade with DAL 02/11/2022

2021-22 Luxury Tax Totals

Denotes the Pelicans 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 $114,221,889
Current Luxury Tax Space $22,384,111

2021-22 New Orleans Pelicans Salary Cap Totals

The Pelicans 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 $92,936,151
Cap Holds $70,710,243
Total Cap Allocations $163,646,394
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-51,232,394
Salary Cap Floor
2021 NBA Salary Cap Floor $101,173,000
Current Floor Space $3,863,689

2021-22 Practical Cap Space

Available Practical Cap Space: $-50,307,136 — $14,091,711

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
10/31/2022 Kira Lewis Jr. 2023-24 Club Option $5,722,116
01/10/2023 Naji Marshall Guaranteed $1,782,621
06/29/2023 Zion Williamson 2023-24 Qualifying Offer $17,595,263
06/29/2023 Jaxson Hayes 2023-24 Qualifying Offer $9,170,460
06/29/2023 Nickeil Alexander-Walker 2023-24 Qualifying Offer $7,073,602
06/29/2023 Naji Marshall 2023-24 Club Option $1,930,681
06/29/2024 Kira Lewis Jr. 2024-25 Qualifying Offer $7,913,687