Walker Kessler

Utah Jazz, Center
Age: 22-359d (Jul 26, 2001)
Exp: 2 Years
Country: US
College: Auburn
Drafted: Round 1 (#22 overall), 2022
Agent(s): Aaron Mintz, Dave Spahn
2024-25 Cap Hit

$2,965,920

2024-25 Cash

$2,965,920

Career Earnings

$5,527,560

2022-2025 Rookie (CURRENT)

Walker Kessler signed a 4 year , $13,372,418 contract with the Utah Jazz, including $5,527,560 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,343,105. In 2024-25, Kessler will earn a base salary of $2,965,920, while carrying a cap hit of $2,965,920 and a dead cap value of $2,965,920.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $13,372,418
Average Salary:
$3,343,105
GTD at Sign:
$5,527,560
Total GTD:
$5,527,560
Signed Using:
rookie-scale-exception
Free Agent:
2026 / RFA
Year Age Status Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Apron Salary Luxury Tax Tax % League Tax Cash Annual Cash Guaranteed Cash Cumulative
2022-23 21 $2,696,400 2.18% $2,696,400 $2,696,400 1.79% $2,696,400 $2,696,400 $2,696,400
2023-24 22 $2,831,160 2.08% $2,831,160 $2,831,160 1.71% $2,831,160 $2,831,160 $5,527,560
2024-25 23
Club
$2,965,920 2.11% $2,965,920 $2,965,920 1.74% $2,965,920 $2,965,920 $8,493,480
2025-26 24
Club
$4,878,938 3.15% $4,878,938 $4,878,938 2.59% $4,878,938 - $13,372,418
2026-27 25
RFA
Year Age Status Base Salary Incentives Likely Incentives Unlikely Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Luxury Tax
2022-23 21 $2,696,400 - - $2,696,400 2.18% $2,696,400
2023-24 22 $2,831,160 - - $2,831,160 2.08% $2,831,160
2024-25 23
Club
$2,965,920 - - $2,965,920 2.11% $2,965,920
2025-26 24
Club
$4,878,938 - - $4,878,938 3.15% $4,878,938
2026-27 25
RFA
Year Age Status Base Salary Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2022-23 21 $2,696,400 $2,696,400 $2,696,400 $2,696,400 $3,343,105
2023-24 22 $2,831,160 $2,831,160 $5,527,560 $2,763,780 $3,558,673
2024-25 23
Club
$2,965,920 $2,965,920 $8,493,480 $2,831,160 $3,922,429
2025-26 24
Club
$4,878,938 $4,878,938 $13,372,418 $3,343,105 $4,878,938
Contract Notes
  • 2024-25: Club Option (deadline 10/31/23, exercised 10/23/23)
  • 2025-26: Club Option (deadline 10/31/24)
Source: Spotrac
Career Earnings thru 2024

$5,527,560

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2022 21
Active
$2,696,400
$2,696,400
2023 22
Active
$2,831,160
$5,527,560
Total      
$5,527,560
$5,527,560
2024 23
Active / Club Exercised
$2,965,920
2025 24
Active / Club
$4,878,938
Total
$13,372,418
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2022
21
$2,696,400
$2,696,400
$2,696,400
2023
22
$2,831,160
$2,831,160
$5,527,560
Total
$5,527,560
$5,527,560
$5,527,560
2024
23
$2,965,920
$2,965,920
2025
24
$4,878,938
$4,878,938
Total
$13,372,418
$13,372,418

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Incentives Cash Cumulative
2 $5,527,560 - - $5,527,560

Injuries

Year Dates Games Missed Reason
2022-23 UTA Oct 28, 2022 - Nov 01, 2022 3 Illness
2022-23 UTA Mar 07, 2023 - Mar 08, 2023 1 Illness
2022-23 UTA Apr 04, 2023 - Apr 09, 2023 4 Concussion
2023-24 UTA Nov 08, 2023 - Nov 24, 2023 7 Elbow
2023-24 UTA Dec 11, 2023 - Dec 12, 2023 1 Foot
2023-24 UTA Feb 29, 2024 - Mar 08, 2024 4 Foot
2023-24 UTA Apr 05, 2024 - Apr 14, 2024 6 Nose
  • Oct 23, 2023 Utah (UTA) exercised $2.97 million option for 2024-25
  • Jul 09, 2022 Signed a 4 year $13.37 million Rookie Scale contract with Utah (UTH)
  • Jul 06, 2022 Traded to Utah (UTA) from Minnesota (MIN) with Malik Beasley , Patrick Beverley , Jarred Vanderbilt , Leandro Bolmaro , 2023 1st round pick [top-12 protected, conveys to 2nd-round pick] , 2025 1st round pick [unprotected] , 2027 1st round pick [unprotected] , 2026 1st round pick [UTH right to swap] and 2029 1st round pick [top-5 protected] for Rudy Gobert
  • Jun 24, 2022 Traded to Minnesota (MIN) from Memphis (MEM) with 2023 2nd round pick and TyTy Washington Jr. for Jake LaRavia
  • Jun 23, 2022 Drafted by Memphis (MEM): Round 1 (#22 overall)
Year Team GP GS Min/Gm Pt/Gm Reb/Gm Ast/Gm Stl/Gm Blk/Gm FG% 3PT% FT%
2023 UTA 64 22 23.3 8.1 7.5 0.9 0.5 2.4 .654 .211 .602
2022 UTA 74 40 23.0 9.2 8.4 0.9 0.4 2.3 .720 .333 .516
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