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Portland Trail Blazers

Portland Trail Blazers 2021-22 Salary Cap

Trail Blazers 2021-22 Salary Cap

An updated look at the Portland Trail Blazers 2021 salary cap table, including team cap space, dead cap figures, and complete breakdowns of player cap hits, salaries, and bonuses.

Trail Blazers – The Athletic

Player Option
Club Option
Player (8) Age Pos. Cap Figure Signed Using Base Salary Dead Cap Cap Figure Cap % Future Gteed Cash
LillardDamian Lillard 31 PG $39,344,900 Bird
Supermax (35%)
$39,344,900 ($39,344,900) $39,344,900 34.06 $136,920,252
McCollumC.J. McCollum 30 SG $30,864,198 Bird $30,864,198 ($30,864,198) $30,864,198 26.72 $69,135,802
CovingtonRobert Covington 30 PF $12,975,471 Cap Space $12,975,471 ($12,975,471) $12,975,471 11.23 -
NurkicJusuf Nurkic 27 C $12,000,000 Bird $12,000,000 ($4,000,000) $12,000,000 10.39 -
Jones Jr.Derrick Jones Jr. 24 SF $9,720,900 NT-MLE $9,720,900 ($9,720,900) $9,720,900 8.41 -
SimonsAnfernee Simons 22 SG $3,938,818 Rookie $3,938,818 ($3,938,818) $3,938,818 3.41 -
LittleNassir Little 21 SF $2,316,240 Rookie $2,316,240 ($2,316,240) $2,316,240 2.01 -
EllebyCJ Elleby 21 SF $1,517,981 Minimum $1,517,981 ($1,517,981) $1,517,981 1.31 -

2021-22 Dead Cap

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

Player (1) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Signing Bonus Trade Kicker Dead Money Cap Figure Cap %
NicholsonAndrew Nicholson 31 PF $2,844,429 - - - $2,844,429 2.46

2021-22 Cap Holds

Cap holds represent "placeholders" for pending free agents, unsigned draft picks, offer sheets, etc... Since the Trail Blazers 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 (9) Age Pos. Signed Using Base Salary Trade Kicker Likely Incent. Dead Cap Qualifying Offer Cap Figure Cap %
PowellNorman Powell 28 SG Bird   - $16,298,928  
CollinsZach Collins 23 C Bird   - $16,218,765  
KanterEnes Kanter 29 C Early Bird   - $6,506,955  
SwaniganCaleb Swanigan 24 PF Bird - 4th Year Rookie Scale   - $3,665,787  
AnthonyCarmelo Anthony 37 PF Early Bird   - $1,669,178  
GilesHarry Giles 23 C Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
Hollis-JeffersonRondae Hollis-Jefferson 26 SF Non-Bird   - $1,669,178  
BlevinsKeljin Blevins 25 G Two-Way   $1,489,065 $1,489,065  
LeafTJ Leaf 24 PF Non-Bird   - $1,489,065  
Incomplete Roster Charge 4 spots 4 spots           $3,701,032    


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
Trade Exception $1,737,145
Mario Hezonja trade with MEM 08/02/2021
Trade Exception $661,655
Trevor Ariza trade 08/06/2021
Trade Exception $1,663,861
Gary Trent Jr trade with TOR 02/11/2022

2021-22 Luxury Tax Totals

Denotes the Trail Blazers 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 $115,522,937
Current Luxury Tax Space $21,083,063

2021-22 Portland Trail Blazers Salary Cap Totals

The Trail Blazers 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 $112,678,508
Dead Money $2,844,429
Cap Holds $71,707,792
Total Cap Allocations $115,522,937
Salary Cap Maximum
2021 NBA Salary Cap Max $112,414,000
Current Cap Space $-3,108,937

2021-22 Practical Cap Space

Available Practical Cap Space: $-55,173,736 — $11,904,844

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
07/28/2021 Derrick Jones Jr. Player Option $9,720,900
08/03/2021 Jusuf Nurkic Guaranteed $12,000,000
06/29/2022 Anfernee Simons 2022-23 Qualifying Offer $5,758,552