Houston Rockets Team Salary


Quick: Over the cap and hard-capped.

Projected 2015/16 Cap Space: $0-$9.5 million, depending primarily on Kostas Papanikolaou’s non-guaranteed salary and the cap hold for Patrick Beverley.

Exceptions *

  • Mid-Level Exception: $5,464,000 (in July)
  • Trade Exception (Jeremy Lin, expiring 7/13/15) — $390,089
  • 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
  • Room: $2,814,000 (in July)

* Room Exception only available if other exceptions renounced.

Free Agents

  • Bird: Jason Terry, Patrick Beverley (restricted)
  • Early Bird: Corey Brewer
  • Non-Bird: Josh Smith, K.J. McDaniels (restricted)

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

First-Round Extension Eligible: Donatas Motiejunas, Terrence Jones

Amnesty: Used on Luis Scola.


  • 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.

Waived Players: None

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • First-rounders: Sam Dekker (2015-18th)
  • 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)

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

Depth Chart*:
PG: Pablo Prigioni, Nick Johnson
SG: James Harden
SF: Trevor Ariza
PF:  Terrence Jones, Kostas Papanikolaou, Clint Capela
C: Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas, Joey Dorsey

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

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 second-rounder (top-45 protected) to Minnesota Timberwolves (Corey Brewer).
  • 2017 — Owed second-rounder from Portland Trail Blazers (Thomas Robinson).
  • 2017 — Owe second-rounder to New York Knicks (Pablo Prigioni).
  • 2019 — Owe second-rounder to New York Knicks (Pablo Prigioni).

Cash Paid ($3.3 million max): $1.5 million to New Orleans Pelicans (Omer Asik); $1 million to Minnesota Timberwolves (Corey Brewer) — $800k available

Cash Received ($3.3 million max): $0


Cap Holds

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 6/30/15)