Sam Merrill

Cleveland Cavaliers, Shooting Guard
Age: 28-77d (May 15, 1996)
Exp: 4 Years
Country: US
College: Utah State
Drafted: Round 2 (#60 overall), 2020
Agent(s): Kieran Piller (Priority Sports & Entertainment)
2024-25 Cap Hit

$2,164,993

2024-25 Cash

$2,164,993

Career Earnings

$5,519,051

2022-2024 rest-of-season (CURRENT)

Sam Merrill signed a 3 year , $5,012,231 contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, including $2,847,238 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,670,744. In 2024-25, Merrill will earn a base salary of $2,164,993, while carrying a cap hit of $2,164,993.
Contract Terms:
3 yr(s) / $5,012,231
Average Salary:
$1,670,744
GTD at Sign:
$850,000
Total GTD:
$2,847,238
Signed Using:
non-taxpayer-mid-level-exception
Free Agent:
2025 / UFA
Year Age Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Apron Salary Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Guaranteed Cash Cumulative
2022-23 26 $850,000 0.69% $850,000 $850,000 0.57% $850,000 $850,000 $850,000
2023-24 27 $1,997,238 1.47% $1,997,238 $1,997,238 1.21% $1,997,238 $1,997,238 $2,847,238
2024-25 28 $2,164,993 1.54% $2,164,993 $2,164,993 1.27% $2,164,993 - $5,012,231
2025-26 29
UFA
Year Age Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Luxury Tax
2022-23 26 $850,000 - - $850,000 0.69% $850,000
2023-24 27 $1,997,238 - - $1,997,238 1.47% $1,997,238
2024-25 28 $2,164,993 - - $2,164,993 1.54% $2,164,993
2025-26 29
UFA
Year Age Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2022-23 26 $850,000 $850,000 $850,000 $850,000 $1,670,744
2023-24 27 $1,997,238 $1,997,238 $2,847,238 $1,423,619 $2,081,116
2024-25 28 $2,164,993 $2,164,993 $5,012,231 $1,670,744 $2,164,993
Contract Notes
  • 2023-24: non-guaranteed
  • 2024-25: non-guaranteed
Source: Spotrac

2022-2022 ten-day

Sam Merrill signed a 10 day , $105,522 contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, including $105,522 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $10,552.
Contract Terms:
10 yr(s) / $105,522
Average Salary:
$10,552
GTD at Sign:
$105,522
Total GTD:
$105,522
Signed Using:
Minimum
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2022-2023 exhibit-10

Sam Merrill signed a 2 year , $3,833,328 contract with the Sacramento Kings, including $150,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,916,664.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $3,833,328
Average Salary:
$1,916,664
GTD at Sign:
$150,000
Total GTD:
$150,000
Signed Using:
Minimum
Free Agent:
2024 / UFA
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2020-2021

Sam Merrill signed a 2 year , $2,416,291 contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, including $1,398,310 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,208,146.
Contract Terms:
2 yr(s) / $2,416,291
Average Salary:
$1,208,146
GTD at Sign:
$1,398,310
Total GTD:
$1,398,310
Signed Using:
Minimum
Free Agent:
2022 / RFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$5,519,051

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

4 teams

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2020 24
Active
$898,310
$898,310
Champion
2021 25
Retained
$1,517,981
$2,416,291
2022 26
Active
Retained
Retained
$850,000
$105,522
$150,000
$3,266,291
$3,371,813
$3,521,813
2023 27
Active
$1,997,238
$5,519,051
Total      
$5,519,051
$5,519,051
2024 28
Active
$2,164,993
Total
$7,684,044
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2020
24
$898,310
$898,310
$898,310
2021
25
$1,517,981
$1,517,981
$2,416,291
2022
26
$850,000
$105,522
$150,000
$850,000
$105,522
$150,000
$3,266,291
$3,371,813
$3,521,813
2023
27
$1,997,238
$1,997,238
$5,519,051
Total
$5,519,051
$5,519,051
$5,519,051
2024
28
$2,164,993
$2,164,993
Total
$7,684,044
$7,684,044

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
1 $898,310 - - $898,310
1 $1,517,981 - - $1,517,981
2 $2,952,760 - - $2,952,760
1 $150,000 - - $150,000

Injuries

Year Dates Games Missed Reason
2020-21 MIL Jan 04, 2021 - Jan 07, 2021 2 Ankle
2021-22 MEM Nov 20, 2021 - Jan 01, 2022 22 Ankle
2023-24 CLE Nov 08, 2023 - Nov 12, 2023 2 Illness
2023-24 CLE Dec 23, 2023 - Dec 28, 2023 2 Wrist
2023-24 CLE Feb 14, 2024 - Feb 21, 2024 1 Illness
2023-24 CLE Apr 10, 2024 - Apr 14, 2024 3 Neck
  • Mar 14, 2023 Signed a 3 year $5.01 million Rest-of-Season contract with Cleveland (CLE) - includes 2023-24 and 2024-25 non-guaranteed
  • Mar 03, 2023 Signed a 10-day contract with Cleveland (CLE)
  • Oct 15, 2022 Waived by Sacramento (SAC); leaving behind $150,000 in dead cap
  • Aug 12, 2022 Signed a 2 year $3.83 million contract with Sacramento (SAC)
  • Jan 01, 2022 Waived by Memphis (MEM)
  • Aug 07, 2021 Traded to Memphis (MEM) from Milwaukee (MIL) with two future 2nd-round picks for Grayson Allen
  • Nov 30, 2020 Signed a 2 year $2.4 million contract with Milwaukee (MIL)
  • Nov 24, 2020 Traded to Milwaukee (MIL) from New Orleans (NOP) as part of a 4-team trade: Denver (DEN) traded 2023 1st round pick to Oklahoma City (OKC); Milwaukee (MIL) traded RJ Hampton to Denver (DEN); Milwaukee (MIL) traded George Hill to Oklahoma City (OKC); Milwaukee (MIL) traded 2027 1st round pick, 2025 1st round pick and Eric Bledsoe to New Orleans (NOP); Oklahoma City (OKC) traded Steven Adams to New Orleans (NOP); New Orleans (NOP) traded Jrue Holiday to Milwaukee (MIL); New Orleans (NOP) traded Zylan Cheatham, Kenrich Williams, Joshia Gray, 2024 2nd round pick, 2023 2nd round pick and Darius Miller to Oklahoma City (OKC)
  • Nov 18, 2020 Drafted by New Orleans (NOP): Round 2 (#60 overall)
Year Team GP GS Min/Gm Pt/Gm Reb/Gm Ast/Gm Stl/Gm Blk/Gm FG% 3PT% FT%
2023 CLE 61 1 17.5 8.0 2.0 1.8 0.3 0.1 .402 .404 .929
2022 CLE 5 11.6 5.0 1.8 1.0 0.8 .409 .278 1.000
2021 MEM 6 9.5 4.2 1.2 0.7 .333 .304 .500
2020 MIL 30 2 7.7 3.0 1.0 0.7 0.3 .444 .447 1.000
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