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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.

Suns – The Athletic

Player Option
Club Option
Player (9) Age Pos. Cap Figure Signed Using Base Salary Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap % Future Gteed Cash
PaulChris Paul 36 PG $44,211,146 Bird
Max (35%)
$44,211,146 ($44,211,146) $44,211,146 35.42 -
BookerDevin Booker 24 SG $31,650,600 Bird
Max Ext (25%)
$31,650,600 ($31,650,600) $31,650,600 25.36 $69,849,600
AytonDeandre Ayton 23 C $12,632,950 Rookie $12,632,950 ($12,632,950) $12,632,950 10.12 -
CrowderJae Crowder 31 SF $9,720,900 NT-MLE $9,720,900 ($9,720,900) $9,720,900 7.79 $10,183,800
SaricDario Saric 27 PF $8,510,000 Bird $8,510,000 ($8,510,000) $8,510,000 6.82 $9,240,000
BridgesMikal Bridges 25 SF $5,557,725 Rookie $5,557,725 ($5,557,725) $5,557,725 4.45 -
SmithJalen Smith 21 PF $4,458,000 Rookie $4,458,000 ($4,458,000) $4,458,000 3.57 -
JohnsonCameron Johnson 25 SF $4,437,000 Rookie $4,437,000 ($4,437,000) $4,437,000 3.55 -
CarterJevon Carter 26 PG $3,650,000 Early Bird $3,650,000 ($3,650,000) $3,650,000 2.92 $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 (8) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Qualifying Offer Cap Figure Cap %
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    
Round 1, Pick #29           $2,009,040    


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 $124,828,321
Current Luxury Tax Space $11,777,679

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 $124,828,321
Cap Holds $31,226,125
Total Cap Allocations $124,828,321
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-12,414,321

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
08/01/2021 Chris Paul Player Option $44,211,146
10/31/2021 Jalen Smith 2022-23 Club Option $4,670,160
10/31/2021 Cameron Johnson 2022-23 Club Option $5,887,899
06/29/2022 Deandre Ayton 2022-23 Qualifying Offer $16,422,835
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