Cleveland Cavaliers Team Salary


2016-17 Team-By-Team Salary Summary

Quick: Over the cap, above the luxury-tax threshold.

Projected 2016-17 Cap Space: $0-$16.2 million


  • Trade Exception (Brendan Haywood, expiring 7/30/16) — $2,329,471 (partially used on Channing Frye)
  • Trade Exception (Mike Miller, expiring 7/30/16) — $2,854,940
  • Trade Exception (Joe Harris, expiring 1/12/17) — $845,059
  • Trade Exception (Anderson Varejao, expiring 2/18/17) — $9,638,554
  • Trade Exception (Jared Cunningham, expiring 2/18/17) — $947,276
  • Mid-Level Exception: $5,628,000
  • Bi-Annual Exception: $2,203,000
  • Room Exception*: $2,898,000

*If team goes under the cap, they will lose all of their exceptions, but gain the room exception.  If the team stays over the cap, they lose the room exception.

2016/17 Roster Count: Six guaranteed, one non-guaranteed, one player option, one team option

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • First-rounders: None
  • Second-rounders: Kay Felder (2016-54th), Cedi Osman (2015-31st), Sir’Dominic Pointer (2015-53rd), Ilkan Karaman (2012-57th), Milan Macvan (2011-54th), Ejike Ugboaja (2006-55th), Edin Bavcic (2006-56th)

Free Agents

  • Bird: J.R. Smith, Timofey Mozgov, Matt Dellavedova (restricted)
  • Early Bird: James Jones
  • Non-Bird: Richard Jefferson, Shawn Marion*

* Cannot be used in a sign and trade because they were not active players in the NBA last season.

Players only restricted if team gives qualifying offers.

Non-Guaranteed Salaries: Dahntay Jones ($1,551,659)

Options: LeBron James ($24,004,173 — player), Jordan McRae ($874,636 — team)

Qualifying Offers: Matthew Dellavedova ($1,434,095)

Depth Chart
PG: Kyrie Irving, Mo Williams
SG: Iman Shumpert, Dahntay Jones, Jordan McRae
SF: LeBron James
PF: Kevin Love, Channing Frye
C: Tristan Thompson, Sasha Kaun

Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.

2017/18 Rookie-Scale Options: None

Rookie Scale Extension Eligible: None


  • 6/29/16 — LeBron James’ player option.
  • 6/29/16 — Team option on Jordan McRae (estimated).
  • 6/30/16 — Qualifying offer deadline for Matt Dellavedova.
  • 7/1/16-7/6/16 — NBA annual moratorium.
  • 7/7/16 — Free agent signing period begins
  • 7/13/16 — No-trade restriction lifts on Dahntay Jones.
  • 7/30/16 — Brendan Haywood $2.3 million and Mike Miller $2.9 million trade exceptions expire.
  • 8/1/16 — Dahntay Jones’ $1,551,659 guarantees for 2016/17.
  • 9/7/16 — J.R. Smith’s $5.4 million guarantees for 16/17.
  • 1/12/17 — Joe Harris $845k trade exception expires.
  • 2/18/17 — Anderson Varejao $9.6 million and Jared Cunningham $947k trade exceptions expire.
  • 6/30/17 — Qualifying offer deadlines for Sasha Kaun and Jordan McRae.
  • Seven days prior to 2018 NBA Draft, by 6/29/18 — Iman Shumpert player option.
  • Seven days prior to 2019 NBA Draft, by 6/29/19 — Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving player options.

Teams and players can renegotiate guarantee dates.  The NBA’s general cut-down date is approximately January 10.


  • 6/15/16 — J.R. Smith opted out of the final year on his contract.
  • 6/15/16 — Mo Williams opted into the final year on his contract.
  • 6/23/16 — Traded cash (TBD) to Atlanta Hawks for the rights to Kay Felder (54th).

Waived Players: None

Traded Players: None

Expired 10-Day Contracts: None

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Tyronn Lue (three-year deal, as of 2015-16 season)

Assistants: Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew, James Posey, Phil Handy, Mike Longabardi

Trainers: Steve Spiro, Derek Millender (strength and conditioning)

Basketball Executives:

  • David Griffin — General Manager

Pick Swaps:

  • 2017 — Owe second-rounder to Boston Celtics (Keith Bogans).
  • 2018 — Owe first-rounder (top-10 protected through 2019, but two years after Phoenix Suns obligation, if not conveyed, converts to lower second-rounder of Los Angeles Lakers/Minnesota Timberwolves, and a 2012 Cavaliers second-rounder) to Portland Trail Blazers (Anderson Varejao).
  • 2018 — Owe second-rounder to Philadelphia 76ers (Keith Bogans), may go to Charlotte Hornets (Andrei Kirilenko, Juan Pablo Vaulet).
  • 2019 — Owed second-rounder from Minnesota Timberwolves (Tyus Jones).
  • 2019 — Owed second-rounder from Los Angeles Lakers (Roy Hibbert).
  • 2019 — Owed higher of Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Lakers second-rounders from Portland Trail Blazers (Brendan Haywood), possibly to Portland Trail Blazers (Anderson Varejao).
  • 2019 — Owe second-rounder to New York Knicks (Dion Waiters).
  • 2020 — Owed second-rounder (top-55 protected) from Portland Trail Blazers (Mo Harkless, Joe Harris).
  • 2020 — Owe second-rounder to Cleveland Cavaliers (Brendan Haywood, Anderson Varejao, Channing Frye).

Cash Paid ($3.4 million max): $934,614 to Orlando Magic (Joe Harris), TBD to Atlanta Hawks (Kay Felder)

Cash Received ($3.4 million max): $75,000 from Portland Trail Blazers (Brendan Haywood)

Trade Kickers:

  • LeBron James — 15%
  • Kyrie Irving — 15%

Note: Players can waive their trade bonuses, under certain circumstances.

Amnesty: Used on Baron Davis

D-League Affiliate: Canton Charge


Cap Holds

  • Shawn Marion — $980,431 (Non-Bird)

For notes on some of the rules and an explanation of cap holds, please refer to the following Salary Notes.

Salary and team data changes quite often. If you notice a discrepancy, please notify Basketball insiders Senior Writer Eric Pincus.

(Updated on 6/24/16)