Cleveland Cavaliers Salary Archive – 2018/19

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Name 2018-19
Kevin Love $24,119,025
John Henson $11,327,466
Tristan Thompson $17,469,565
JR Smith $14,720,000
Brandon Knight $14,631,250
Jordan Clarkson $12,500,000
Matt Dellavedova $9,607,500
Collin Sexton $4,068,600
Marquese Chriss $3,206,160
Cedi Osman $2,775,000
Larry Nance Jr. $2,272,391
Ante Zizic $1,952,760
David Nwaba $1,512,601
Channing Frye $1,512,601
Isaiah Taylor (waived) $950,000
Nik Stauskas $504,200
Patrick McCaw $375,000
Cameron Payne (expired 10-day) $85,458
Cameron Payne (expired 10-day) $85,458
Kobi Simmons (waived) $76,236
Jaron Blossomgame (two-way)
Deng Adel (two-way)
Total $123,751,271

Quick: Over the cap. Repeat tax eligible.

Salary Cap: $101,869,000

Luxury Tax Threshold: $123,733,000

Roster Count: 15 guaranteed, two two-ways

Depth Chart
PG: Collin Sexton, Matthew Dellavedova
SG: Brandon Knight, Jordan Clarkson, Nick Stauskas, J.R. Smith (not with team)
SF: Cedi Osman, David Nwaba, Deng Adel (two-way), Jaron Blossomgame (two-way)
PF: Kevin Love, Marquese Chriss
C: Ante Zizic, Larry Nance Jr., Channing Frye, Tristan Thompson (injured), John Henson (injured)

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


  • Trade Exception (Sam Dekker, expiring 12/7/19) — $2,760,095
  • Trade Exception (Rodney Hood, expiring 2/4/20) — $266,728
  • Trade Exception (Wade Baldwin, expiring 2/7/20) — $1,544,951
  • Trade Exception (Nik Stauskas, expiring 2/7/20) — $1,512,601
  • Mid-Level Exception — $5,641,000 (Patrick McCaw)
  • Bi-Annual Exception — $3,382,000

Waived Players: London Perrantes (two-way), Kendrick Perkins, Okaro White, Isaac Hamilton, Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith, Jacorey Williams, Levi Randolph, Emanuel Terry, Isaiah Taylor, Kobi Simmons Bonzie Colson Jr., John Holland (two-way), Andrew Harrison (two-way), Billy Preston (two-way), Patrick McCaw, Jalen Jones (two-way)

Expired 10-Day Contracts: Cameron Payne (two), Kobi Simmons

Traded Players: Kyle Korver, Sam Dekker, George Hill, Rodney Hood, Alec Burks, Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin

G-League Affiliate: Canton Charge (Mike Gansey general manager, Nate Reinking coach)

Two-Way Contracts: Jaron Blossomgame, Deng Adel

Two-Way Daily Rate in NBA/G-League: $4,737/$544

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Larry Drew

Assistants: Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, James Posey, Phil Handy (also director of player development), Mike Longabardi, Damon Jones, Vitaly Potapenko (assistant director of player development), Dan Geriot

Trainers: Steve Spiro, Derek Millender (strength and conditioning), Albert Padilla, Ed Subel

Basketball Executives:

  • Koby Altman — general manager
  • Mike Gansey — assistant general manager
  • Brock Aller — senior director of basketball operations
  • Jon Nichols — senior director of analytics
  • Brandon Weems — director of scouting

Pick Swaps:

  • 2019 — Owed first-rounder (top-14 protected through 2023, then converts to 2024 and 2025 second-rounders) from the Houston Rockets (Alec Burks).
  • 2019 — Owe first-rounder (top-10 protected through 2020, otherwise converts to 2021 and 2022 second-rounders) to Atlanta Hawks (Kyle Korver)
  • 2019 — Owe second-rounder to Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings, New York Knicks or Detroit Pistons. Magic will receive the highest of the Cavaliers, Rockets, Blazers and their own pick. The Kings receive the second-highest of the Magic, Cavaliers and Rockets’ picks. The Knicks will get the lowest of the three picks. The Pistons will get the lowest of either the Blazers’ pick or the highest of the Orlando, Cavaliers and Rockets’ picks (Iman Shumpert, Pablo Prigioni, Kyle O’Quinn, Jake Layman, Jodie Meeks, Scott Perry).
  • 2020 — Owed second-rounder from the Utah Jazz (Kyle Korver).
  • 2020 — Owe second-rounder to Charlotte Hornets (Brendan Haywood, Anderson Varejao, Channing Frye, C.J. Wilcox, Miles Bridges).
  • 2021 — Owed a protected (lottery protected in 2021, top-10 protected in 2022, conveys in 11-24 range in 2023, top-eight protected in 2024, otherwise converts to 2024 and 2025 second-rounders) first-rounder from the Milwaukee Bucks (George Hill), two years following Milwaukee’s obligation to the Phoenix Suns.
  • 2021 — Owed a second-rounder from the Portland Trail Blazers (Rodney Hood)
  • 2022 — Owed a second-rounder from the Washington Wizards (Sam Dekker).
  • 2022 — Owed a second-rounder from the Houston Rockets (Alec Burks).
  • 2023 — Owed a second-rounder from the Portland Trail Blazers (Rodney Hood)
  • 2024 — Owed second-rounder (top-55 protected) from Miami HEAT (Dwyane Wade).
  • 2024 — Utah Jazz can swap second-rounders with Cavaliers (George Hill).

Cash Paid ($5,243,000 max): $0 — $5 million TBD to the Detroit Pistons (Kevin Porter, Jr.)

Cash Received ($5,243,000 max): $1,247,494 from Los Angeles Clippers (Sam Dekker) — $3,995,506 remaining


  • 6/21/18 — Drafted Collin Sexton (8th).
  • 6/27/18 — Issued qualifying offer to Rodney Hood.
  • 6/27/18 — Opted Kendrick Perkins into the final year of his contract.
  • 6/30/18 — LeBron James opted out of the final year of his contract.
  • 7/4/18 — Signed Collin Sexton (2018-8th) to a $20,175,111 rookie-scale contract.
  • 7/7/18 — Signed Billy Preston to a two-way contract.
  • 7/19/18 — Signed Channing Frye to a one-year $2,393,887 minimum contract.
  • 7/24/18 — Signed Kevin Love to a four-year $120,414,245 contract extension.
  • 8/7/18 — Traded the rights to Vladimir Veremeenko (2006-48th) to Los Angeles Clippers for Sam Dekker, the rights to Renaldas Seibutis (2007-50th) and $1,247,494.
  • 8/22/18 — Kyrie Irving trade exception ($3,051,019) expired.
  • 8/16/18 — Signed Isaiah Taylor to a non-guaranteed one-year $1,512,601 minimum summer contract.
  • 9/8/18 — Signed David Nwaba to a one-year $1,512,601 minimum contract.
  • 9/9/18 — Re-signed Rodney Hood to his one-year $3,472,888 qualifying offer.
  • 9/10/18 — Signed Isaac Hamilton to a non-guaranteed one-year $838,464 minimum summer contract.
  • 9/10/18 — Signed Dayshon “Scoochie” Smith to a non-guaranteed one-year $838,464 minimum summer contract.
  • 9/14/18 — Signed Bonzie Colson Jr. to a non-guaranteed one-year $838,464 minimum summer contract.
  • 9/13/18 — Signed Jacorey Williams to a non-guaranteed one-year $838,464 minimum summer contract.
  • 9/14/18 — Signed Levi Randolph to a non-guaranteed one-year $838,464 minimum summer contract.
  • 9/19/18 — Signed Kobi Simmons to a non-guaranteed one-year $1,349,383 minimum summer contract.
  • 10/11/18 — Signed Emanuel Terry to a non-guaranteed one-year $838,464 minimum summer contract.
  • 10/14/18 — Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder trade exceptions expired.
  • 10/15/18 — Signed Larry Nance Jr. to a four-year $44.8 million extension.
  • 10/29/18 — Fired Coach Tyronn Lue.
  • 10/29/18 — Picked up the team option on Ante Zizic.
  • 11/5/18 — Promoted Larry Drew to head coach.
  • 11/9/18 — Signed Andrew Harrison to a two-way contract.
  • 11/29/18 — Renounced the rights to James Jones and Shawn Marion.
  • 11/29/18 — Traded Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz for Alec Burks, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 second-rounder (Washington Wizards).
  • 12/2/18 — Signed Jaron Blossomgame to a two-way contract.
  • 12/2/18 — Signed Jalen Jones to a two-way contract.
  • 12/7/18 — Traded George Hill and a Washington Wizards’ 2021 second-rounder to the Milwaukee Bucks and Sam Dekker to the Washington Wizards for Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson and a protected future first-rounder (two years following obligation to the Phoenix Suns) and a 2021 second-rounder.
  • 12/28/18 — Signed Patrick McCaw (a restricted free agent with the Golden State Warriors) to a non-guaranteed two-year $6 million offer sheet.
  • 12/30/18 — Signed Patrick McCaw to a non-guaranteed two-year $6 million contract.
  • 1/6/19 — Signed Cameron Payne to a 10-day $88,531 contract.
  • 1/15/19 — Signed Deng Adel to a two-way contract.
  • 1/16/19 — Signed Cameron Payne to a second 10-day $88,531 contract.
  • 1/25/19 — Cameron Payne’s 10-day contract expires.
  • 1/27/19 — Signed Kobi Simmons to a 10-day contract $76,236 contract.
  • 2/4/19 — Traded Rodney Hood to the Portland Trail Blazers for Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and two second-rounders.
  • 2/7/19 — Renounced the rights to Dahntay Jones and Deron Williams.
  • 2/7/19 — Traded Alec Burks to the Sacramento Kings and Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and a Milwaukee Bucks’ 2021 second-rounder to the Houston Rockets for Brandon Knight, Marquese Chriss, a Rockets’ 2019 first-rounder and a Rockets’ 2022 second-rounder, and swap rights on a 2020 second-rounder.
  • 2/8/19 — Dwyane Wade trade exception ($1,471,382) expired.
  • 2/11/19 — Signed Nik Stauskas for the rest of the season at $540,472.
  • 6/27/19 — Traded 2020, 2021, 2023 and 2024 second-rounders and $5 million to the Detroit Pistons for the rights to Kevin Porter Jr. (30th).

2018-19 Free Agents (with Cap Holds)

  • Dahntay Jones* ($1,499,698, early Bird)
  • Deron Williams* ($1,499,698, non-Bird)

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

Non-Guaranteed Salaries

  • None

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • First-rounders: None
  • Second-rounders: Arturas Gudaitis (2015-47th), Sir’Dominic Pointer (2015-53rd), Ilkan Karaman (2012-57th), Milan Macvan (2011-54th), Chukwudiebere Maduabum (2011-56th), Sergey Gladyr (2009-49th), Renaldas Seibutis (2007-50th), Ejike Ugboaja (2006-55th), Edin Bavcic (2006-56th)

Trade Kickers:

  • None

Note: Players can waive their trade bonuses.

No-Trade: None

Arena: Quicken Loans Arena


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(Updated on 7/6/19)

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.