Denver Nuggets Team Salary


Quick: Over the cap.

Projected 2015/16 Cap Space: $0-$9.8 million, depending partially on the non-guaranteed salary of Randy Foye.


  • Mid-Level Exception: $5,464,000 (in July)
  • Bi-Annual Exception: $2,139,000 (in July)
  • Room: $2,814,000 (in July)
  • Trade Exception (Timofey Mozgov, expiring 1/7/16) — $971,650 (partially used on Thomas Robinson)
  • Trade Exception (Arron Afflalo, expiring 2/19/16) — $7,500,000
  • Trade Exception (Alonzo Gee, expiring 2/19/16) — $915,243
  • Trade Exception (JaVale McGee, expiring 2/19/16) — $11,250,000

* Room Exception only available if other exceptions renounced.

Free Agents:

  • Bird: Darrell Arthur, Will Barton (restricted)
  • Early Bird: Ian Clark (restricted*)
  • Limited Bird Rights: Jan Vesely**
  • Non-Bird: Jameer Nelson

* Players are only restricted if the team gives a qualifying offer.
** Cannot be used in a sign and trade because they were not active players in the NBA last season.

First-Round Player Options: Jusuf Nurkic (third-year), Gary Harris (third-year)

Amnesty: Used on Chris Anderson.


  • 6/22/15 — Jameer Nelson opted out of the final year of his contract.
  • 6/23/15 — Tendered a qualifying offer to Will Barton.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected Emmanuel Mudiay with the seventh pick in the draft.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected Nikola Radicevic with the 57th pick in the draft

Waived Players: None

Unsigned Draft Picks:

  • First-rounders: Emmanuel Mudiay (2015-7th)
  • Second-rounders: Nikola Radicevic (2015-57th), Nikola Jokic (2014-41st), Izzet Turkyilmaz (2012-50th), Cenk Akyol (2005-59th), Sani Becirovic (2003-46th), Xue Yuyang (2003-57th)

Roster Count: Eight guaranteed, three non/partially-guaranteed

Depth Chart*:
PG: Ty Lawson
SG: Randy Foye, Gary Harris, Erick Green, Jamaal Franklin
SF: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari
PF: Kenneth Faried, Joffrey Lauvergne
C:  Jusuf Nurkic, J.J. Hickson

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

Head Coach: Mike Malone (four-year deal starting with 2015/16 season, final year team option)

Basketball Executives:

  • Josh Kroenke — President of Basketball Operations and Governor
  • Pete D’Alessandro — Senior Vice President of Business and Team Operations for the Denver Nuggets
  • Tim Connelly — General Manager
  • Arturas Karnisovas — Assistant General Manager

Pick Swaps:

  • 2016 — Owed first-rounder (top-five protected and 15-30 protected through 2016, top-five protected in 2017 and 2018, unprotected in 2019) from the Memphis Grizzlies (Marreese Speights, Timofey Mozgov).
  • 2016 — Owed first-rounder (lottery protected through 2017, otherwise converts to second-rounders in 2018 after Sacramento Kings swap and 2019) from Portland Trail Blazers (Arron Afflalo).
  • 2016 — Owe second-rounder to Philadelphia 76ers (Jan Vesely).
  • 2016 — Nuggets have the right to swap first-round picks with New York Knicks (Carmelo Anthony).  If swapped, Denver’s pick goes to Toronto Raptors (Andrea Bargnani).
  • 2018 — Owed second-rounder from Golden State Warriors (Andre Iguodala).
  • 2018 — Owe second-rounder to Utah Jazz (Randy Foye).

Cash Paid ($3.3 million max): $0

Cash Received ($3.3 million max): $0


Cap Holds

Jan Vesely — $4,236,287 (limited Bird rights)

The Nuggets still have the rights to former players Rudy Fernandez and Wesley Person for a combined cap hold of $6,366,351.

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 6/28/15)