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New York Knicks 2020-21 Salary Cap

An updated look at the New York Knicks 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
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Trade Kicker
Block Trade Clause
No Trade Clause

Pending Transactions!

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

Player (2) From To Age Pos. Incoming Cap Outgoing Cap
PaytonElfrid Payton Free Agent 26 PG $5,000,000
RiversAustin Rivers Free Agent 28 SG $3,174,603

Active Roster

Player (13) Age Pos. Cap % Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
RandleJulius Randle 25 PF $18,900,000 Cap Space $18,900,000 - - ($18,900,000) $18,900,000 21.64
BarrettR.J. Barrett 20 SF $8,231,760 Rookie $8,231,760 - - ($8,231,760) $8,231,760 9.42
NtilikinaFrank Ntilikina 22 PG $6,176,578 Rookie $6,176,578 - - ($6,176,578) $6,176,578 7.07
BurksAlec Burks 29 SG $6,000,000 Cap Space $6,000,000 - - ($6,000,000) $6,000,000 6.87
Smith Jr.Dennis Smith Jr. 22 PG $5,686,677 Rookie $5,686,677 - - ($5,686,677) $5,686,677 6.51
NoelNerlens Noel 26 C $5,000,000 Cap Space $5,000,000 - - ($5,000,000) $5,000,000 5.72
ToppinObi Toppin 22 PF $4,862,040 Rookie $4,862,040 - - ($4,862,040) $4,862,040 5.57
KnoxKevin Knox 21 SF $4,588,680 Rookie $4,588,680 - - ($4,588,680) $4,588,680 5.25
BullockReggie Bullock 29 SG $4,200,000 Room $4,200,000 - - ($1,000,000) $4,200,000 4.81
EvansJacob Evans 23 SG $2,017,320 Rookie $2,017,320 - - ($2,017,320) $2,017,320 2.31
SpellmanOmari Spellman 23 PF $1,988,280 Rookie $1,988,280 - - ($1,988,280) $1,988,280 2.28
RobinsonMitchell Robinson 22 C $1,663,861 MLE $1,663,861 - - ($1,663,861) $1,663,861 1.90
BrazdeikisIgnas Brazdeikis 21 SF $1,517,981 Cap Space $1,517,981 - - ($1,517,981) $1,517,981 1.74


2020-21 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) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
HarperJared Harper 23 PG -       -  
PinsonTheo Pinson 24 SG -       -  


2020-21 Dead Cap

Cap breakdowns for players who have been traded or released. All count against the team's Total Cap Allocations.

Player (4) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Signing Bonus Trade Kicker Dead Money Cap Figure Cap %
NoahJoakim Noah 35 C $6,431,667 - - - $6,431,667 7.36
GibsonTaj Gibson 35 PF $1,000,000 - - - $1,000,000 1.14
PaytonElfrid Payton 26 PG $1,000,000 - - - $1,000,000 1.14
EllingtonWayne Ellington 32 SG $440,472 - - - $440,472 0.50


2020-21 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Knicks are currently under the cap, all of these figures are included in their Total Cap Figure.

Player (2) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap %
QuickleyImmanuel Quickley 21 PG   $2,105,520  
RabbIvan Rabb 23 PF Restricted Non-Bird   $1,549,812  


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.

Room Mid-Level Exception Details is awarded annually to teams who are below the cap (eliminating the NTMLE/TMLE/BAE) and 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
Room Exception $4,767,000
($4,767,000)


2020-21 Luxury Tax Totals

Denotes the Knicks 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 $79,705,316
Luxury Tax Space $52,921,684


2020-21 New York Knicks Salary Cap Totals

The Knicks are currently under the league salary cap, meaning all Cap Holds & Exceptions are included in their Total Cap Allocations. The Cap Max Space figure below represents how much salary cap remains after all allocations are included.

Cap Type Total
Active Roster Cap $70,833,177
Dead Money $8,872,139
Cap Holds $3,655,332
Total Salaries $83,360,648
2020 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Actual Cap Max Space $25,779,352
Cap Type Cap Total
Active Roster Cap $70,833,177
Dead Money $8,872,139
Cap Holds $3,655,332
Total Cap Allocations $83,360,648
2020 NBA Salary Cap Max $109,140,000
Cap Max Space $25,779,352
Practical Cap Space $30,529,164



Deadlines

Deadline Date Player Type Value
2021-22
10/31/2021 R.J. Barrett 2022-23 Club Option $10,900,635
10/31/2021 Obi Toppin 2022-23 Club Option $5,348,280
06/29/2022 Kevin Knox 2022-23 Qualifying Offer $7,921,301
06/29/2022 Ignas Brazdeikis 2022-23 Qualifying Offer $2,228,276
2022-23
10/31/2022 Obi Toppin 2023-24 Club Option $6,803,012
06/29/2023 R.J. Barrett 2023-24 Qualifying Offer $14,301,633
2023-24
06/29/2024 Obi Toppin 2024-25 Qualifying Offer $9,170,460