Houston Rockets Team Salary


Quick: Over the cap and over the luxury tax threshold.


  • Mid-Level Exception: $2,264,000 (K.J. McDaniels)
  • Trade Exception (Troy Daniels, expiring 12/19/15) — $816,482
  • Trade Exception (Alexey Shved, expiring 2/19/16) — $1,619,096
  • Trade Exception (Isaiah Canaan, expiring 2/19/16) — $816,482

Roster Count: 12 guaranteed

Depth Chart
PG: Ty Lawson, Patrick Beverley
SG: James Harden, K.J. McDaniels, Marcus Thornton
SF: Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, Sam Dekker
PF:  Terrence Jones, Clint Capela
C: Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas

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

First-Round Player Options: Clint Capela (third-year)

First-Round Extension Eligible: Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones


  • 8/19/15 — The no-trade restriction lifts on Sam Dekker.
  • 9/20/15 — Ty Lawson’s salary can be aggregated in trade.
  • 10/31/15 — Team option for Clint Capela.
  • 10/31/15 — Extension deadline for Donatas Motiejunas and Terrance Jones.
  • 12/15/15 — The no-trade restriction lifts on K.J. McDaniels and Marcus Thornton.
  • 1/15/16 — The no-trade restriction lifts on Corey Brewer and Patrick Beverley.
  • Day following the final game of the 2016 NBA Finals, or the day following the 2016 NBA Draft, whichever is later, Ty Lawson’s $13.2 million guarantees.
  • 1/10/19 — Patrick Beverley’s $5.0 million guarantees for 18/19.

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


  • 6/24/15 — Opted Kostas Papanikolaou into the final year of his contract.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected Sam Dekker with the 18th pick in the draft.
  • 6/25/15 — Selected Montrezl Harrell with the 32nd pick in the draft.
  • 6/30/15 — Tendered a qualifying offer to Patrick Beverley.
  • 6/30/15 — Tendered a qualifying offer to K.J. McDaniels.
  • 7/9/15 — Signed Patrick Beverley to a four-year, $23.1 million partially-guaranteed contract.
  • 7/10/15 — Signed Corey Brewer to a three-year, $23.4 million contract.
  • 7/20/15 — Renounced the rights to Jason Terry.
  • 7/20/15 — Traded Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni, a protected 2016 first-rounder (TBD) and cash (TBD) to Denver Nuggets for Ty Lawson and a 2017 second-rounder.  Lawson removed salary protection on 16/17 salary.
  • 7/20/15 — Signed K.J. McDaniels to a three-year, $10 million deal, team option on final season.
  • 7/20/15 — Signed Sam Dekker (2015-18th) to a $7.9 million rookie-scale contract.
  • 7/24/15 — Signed Marcus Thornton to a one-year, $1.2 million minimum contract.

Waived Players: None

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • First-rounders: None
  • Second-rounders: Montrezl Harrell (2015-32nd), Alessandro Gentile (2014-53rd), Marko Todorovic (2013-45th), Jon Diebler (2011-51st), Sergio Llull (2009-34th), Maarty Leunen (2008-54th), Brad Newly (2007-54th), Axel Hervelle (2005-52nd), Venson Hamilton (1999-50th)

Head Coach: Kevin McHale (signed to three-year, roughly $13 million extension starting 2015/16 season)

Basketball Executives

  • Daryl Morey — General Manager
  • Gersson Rosas — Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations
  • Eli Witus — Vice President of Basketball Operations

Pick Swaps

  • 2016 — Owed second-rounder from New York Knicks, (Raymond Felton, Jrue Holiday, Wayne Ellington, Jason Terry).
  • 2016 — Owe first-rounder (protections TBD) to Denver Nuggets (Ty Lawson)
  • 2016 — Owe second-rounder (top-45 protected) to Minnesota Timberwolves (Corey Brewer).
  • 2017 — Owed second-rounder from Portland Trail Blazers (Thomas Robinson).
  • 2017 — Owed second-rounder from Denver Nuggets (Ty Lawson)
  • 2017 — Owe second-rounder to New York Knicks (Pablo Prigioni).
  • 2019 — Owe second-rounder to New York Knicks (Pablo Prigioni).

Cash Paid ($3.4 million max): TBD to Denver Nuggets (Ty Lawson)

Cash Received ($3.4 million max): $0

Free Agents

  • None

Trade Kickers

  • None

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

Amnesty: Used on Luis Scola.


Cap Holds

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 8/2/15)