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A Look into the Clippers Salary Cap Situation

Here is a brief look into the Los Angeles Clippers salary cap situation going into the summer of 2014.

(Salaries via Sham Sports, other information via CBA Faq and the official NBA CBA)

Important Notes and Numbers (Via CBA FAQ)

  • July 1 –  Players become free agents
  • July 1st through 9th – Moratorium (Teams may not sign unrestricted free agents or make trades)
  • July 23 – Last day to withdraw qualifying offer on restricted free agent
  • August 31 – Last day to use Stretch Provision
  • Projected 2014-15 Tax Level - ~$77 million (per Larry Coon)
  • Projected 2014-15 Tax Apron – ~$81 million

Guaranteed contracts going into 2014-15

Total Salary: ~$64.45 million
Expected Salary Cap Space (w/o options): ~$12.55 million

Notes: Unless a trade happens, this is pretty much Clippers’ going into the 2014-15 season.

Player Options

Notes: Based on several reports, Collison, Davis, and Granger are all expected to decline their player options to become unrestricted free agents.

Unrestricted Free Agents


Amnesty Provision

Notes: List of teams that still have their amnesty provision – Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, Oklahoma City Thunder, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah.

Available Exceptions

  • Mid-Level Exception (Non-TaxPayer Mid-Level or Taxpayer Mid-Level)
  • Bi-Annual Exception: $2.077 million (Only able to use if below the tax apron after usage of BAE)
  • Rookie Salary: According to the official CBA, the 28th pick is expected to have a first-year salary of $924,800
  • Veterans’ Minimum: Maximum is $1.448 million (10th year player)

Notes:  Where the Clippers land monetarily following the end of moratorium will determine which mid-level exception the Clippers have at their disposal. If below the tax apron, the Clippers will be provided the Non-TaxPayer Mid-Level Exception which is worth $5.305 million in 2014-15. If above the apron, the Clippers will be provided the Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception which is wroth $3.278 million in 2014-15.

Trade Exceptions

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