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Phoenix Suns

Phoenix Suns 2021-22 Salary Cap

Suns 2021-22 Salary Cap

An updated look at the Phoenix Suns 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 Phoenix Suns active roster will be updated once the trades/signings become official.

Player (7) From To Age Pos. Incoming Cap Outgoing Cap
PaulChris Paul Free Agent 36 PG $26,785,714
PayneCameron Payne Free Agent 27 PG $5,864,198
McGeeJaVale McGee Free Agent 33 C $5,000,000
ShametLandry Shamet 24 PG $3,768,342
CarterJevon Carter 26 PG $3,650,000
KaminskyFrank Kaminsky Free Agent 28 C $0
NaderAbdel Nader Free Agent 28 SF $0

Active Roster

Player (8) Age Pos. Cap Figure Signed Using Base Salary Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap % Future Gteed Cash
BookerDevin Booker 24 SG $31,650,600 Bird
Max Ext (25%)
$31,650,600 ($31,650,600) $31,650,600 22.29 $69,849,600
AytonDeandre Ayton 23 C $12,632,950 Rookie $12,632,950 ($12,632,950) $12,632,950 8.90 -
CrowderJae Crowder 31 SF $9,720,900 NT-MLE $9,720,900 ($9,720,900) $9,720,900 6.85 $10,183,800
SaricDario Saric 27 PF $8,510,000 Bird $8,510,000 ($8,510,000) $8,510,000 5.99 $9,240,000
BridgesMikal Bridges 25 SF $5,557,725 Rookie $5,557,725 ($5,557,725) $5,557,725 3.91 -
SmithJalen Smith 21 PF $4,458,000 Rookie $4,458,000 ($4,458,000) $4,458,000 3.14 -
JohnsonCameron Johnson 25 SF $4,437,000 Rookie $4,437,000 ($4,437,000) $4,437,000 3.12 -
CarterJevon Carter 26 PG $3,650,000 Early Bird $3,650,000 ($3,650,000) $3,650,000 2.57 $3,925,000

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.
AlexanderTy-Shon Alexander 23 SG          

2021-22 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Suns 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 (10) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Qualifying Offer Cap Figure Cap %
PaulChris Paul 36 PG Bird   - $43,426,755  
SharpeDay'Ron Sharpe 19 C 1st Round Rookie Scale   - $2,009,040  
CraigTorrey Craig 30 SF Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
DialloCheick Diallo 25 PF Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
GallowayLangston Galloway 29 SG Non-bird   - $1,669,178  
KaminskyFrank Kaminsky 28 C Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
MooreE'Twaun Moore 32 SG Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
NaderAbdel Nader 28 SF   - $1,669,178  
PayneCameron Payne 27 PG Early Bird   - $1,669,178  
OwensTariq Owens 26 PF Two-Way   - $1,489,065  
Incomplete Roster Charge 3 spots 3 spots           $2,775,774    


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

2021-22 Luxury Tax Totals

Denotes the Suns 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 $80,617,175
Current Luxury Tax Space $55,988,825

2021-22 Phoenix Suns Salary Cap Totals

The Suns 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 $80,617,175
Cap Holds $61,384,880
Total Cap Allocations $142,002,055
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-29,588,055
Salary Cap Floor
2021 NBA Salary Cap Floor $101,173,000
Current Floor Space $18,546,785

2021-22 Practical Cap Space

Available Practical Cap Space: $-26,812,281 — $26,086,753

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 Jalen Smith 2023-24 Club Option $5,954,454
06/29/2023 Cameron Johnson 2023-24 Qualifying Offer $8,060,534
06/29/2024 Jalen Smith 2024-25 Qualifying Offer $8,109,966