Denver Nuggets Team Salary


Quick: $5.5 million in cap space, up to $11.2 million if Kostas Papanikolaou and Erick Green are waived.


  • Room: $2,814,000

Free Agents:

  • Bird: Will Barton (restricted, re-signing)

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
  • 7/11/15 — Renounced the rights to Darrell Arthur, Rudy Fernandez, Jan Vesely, Wesley Person, Chris Copeland and Ian Clark.
  • 7/11/15 — Renegotiated Wilson Chandler’s 2015/16 salary, along with a three-year extension for a total of $46.5 million, player option on final season.
  • 7/11/15 — Signed Nikola Jokic (2014-41st) to an estimated four-year, $5.5 million contract.
  • 7/12/15 — Renounced the rights to Jameer Nelson.
  • 7/12/15 — Signed Jameer Nelson to a three-year, $13.6 million contract.
  • 7/20/15 — Traded Ty Lawson and a 2017 second-rounder to Houston Rockets for Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a protected 2016 first-rounder (TBD) and cash (TBD)
  • TBD — Reportedly agreed to re-sign Will Barton to a three-year, $11 million deal.

Waived Players: Jamaal Franklin, Pablo Prigioni

Unsigned Draft Picks:

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

Roster Count: 13 guaranteed, two non-guaranteed

Depth Chart*:
PG: Jameer Nelson, Erick Green, Nick Johnson
SG: Randy Foye, Gary Harris, Will Barton
SF: Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari, Kostas Papanikolaou
PF: Kenneth Faried, Joffrey Lauvergne
C:  Jusuf Nurkic, J.J. Hickson, Nikola Jokic. Joey Dorsey

*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 — Owed first-rounder (protections TBD) from Houston Rockets (Ty Lawson).
  • 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).
  • 2017 — Owe second-rounder to Houston Rockets (Ty Lawson).
  • 2018 — Owed second-rounder from Golden State Warriors (Andre Iguodala).
  • 2018 — Owe second-rounder to Utah Jazz (Randy Foye).

Cash Paid ($3.4 million max): $0

Cash Received ($3.4 million max): TBD from Houston Rockets (Ty Lawson)


Cap Holds

Will Barton — $1,181,348 (Bird)

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

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(Updated on 7/20/15)