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Denver Nuggets Team Salary

Quick: Over the cap and hard-capped by the JaMychal Green signing via the non-taxpayer mid-level exception.

Salary Cap: $109,140,000

Luxury Tax Threshold: $132,627,000

Projection for 2021-22 ($112,414,000 cap): Over the cap.

NBA Draft: No. 26; No. 55 to the Oklahoma City Thunder (Wilson Chandler, Alec Burks, Kelly Oubre)

Unsigned Draft Picks

  • First-rounders: None
  • Second-rounders: Petr Cornelie (2016-53rd), Izzet Turkyilmaz (2012-50th), Sani Becirovic (2003-46th), Xue Yuyang (2003-57th)

Roster Count: Eight guaranteed, two non-guaranteed, two player options

Depth Chart
PG: Jamal Murray, Facundo Campazzo
SG: Will Barton (PO), Monte Morris, PJ Dozier
SF: Aaron Gordon, Vlatko Cancar
PF: Michael Porter Jr, Zeke Nnaji
C: Nikola Jokic, JaMychal Green (PO), Bol Manute Bol

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


  • Trade Exception (Jerami Grant, expiring 8/6/21) — $5,325,000
  • Trade Exception (RJ Hampton, expiring 2/11/22) — $2,193,480
  • Trade Exception (Isaiah Hartenstein, expiring 2/11/22) — $1,620,564
  • Projected Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception — $9,536,000

Non-Guaranteed Salaries — Next Cut-Down Date*

  • Vlatko Cancar $1,782,621 — 8/3/21
  • PJ Dozier $1,910,860 — 8/15/21 (guarantees at $200,000)

* Teams and players can agree to push back cut-down dates but not past January 7 each year.


  • Will Barton $14,669,642 (player)
  • JaMychal Green $7,559,748 (player)

Free Agents (with Cap Holds)

  • Full Bird: Will Barton ($20,584,821 on opt out), Paul Millsap ($19,000,000), JaVale McGee ($15,776,205
  • Non-Bird: JaMychal Green ($8,639,712 on opt out), Austin Rivers ($1,669,178), Troy Daniels*** ($1,669,178), Richard Jefferson*** ($1,669,178). Markus Howard (RFA, two-way), Shaquille Harrison (RFA, two-way)

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

Qualifying Offers

  • Shaquille Harrison $1,789,256 ($84,414 guaranteed)
  • Markus Howard (two-way with $50,000 guaranteed)

Rookie-Scale Extension Eligible

  • Michael Porter Jr

Rookie-Scale Options

  • Zeke Nnaji (third-year)

Waived Players: None

Traded Players: None

G-League Affiliate: Grand Rapids Gold

Two-Way Contracts: None

Note: Two-Way Contracts pay $449,115 for the full 2020-21 season, pro-rated based on in-season signing date. Once a player reaches 50 games played, his salary will jump to the minimum for his years of service. TBD for 2021-22.

Governor: Josh Kroenke

Basketball Executives

  • Tim Connelly — president of basketball operations
  • Calvin Booth — general manager
  • Tommy Balcetis — assistant general manager
  • Lisa Johnson — vice president of basketball administration
  • Ben Tenzer — director of basketball operations
  • Amy O’Brien — director of team operations/player development
  • Jim Clibanoff — director of scouting
  • Scott Howard — manager of player personnel

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Mike Malone

Assistants: Wes Unseld Jr (associate head coach), David Adelman, Jordi Fernandez, Ryan Bowen, Charles Klask, John Beckett

Training Staff: Steve Short (director of sports medicine), Dan Shimensky (head athletic trainer), Felipe Eichenberger (head strength and conditioning coach), Jason Miller (assistant athletic trainer/assistant strength and conditioning coach)

Pick Swaps

  • 2022 — Philadelphia 76ers can swap second-rounders with the higher pick going to the Minnesota Timberwolves (Wilson Chandler, Jimmy Butler), the lower going to the Miami HEAT (Bol Manute Bol). May go to the Houston Rockets via Miami (Victor Oladipo).
  • 2023 — Owe a first-rounder (lottery protected through 2025, otherwise converts to 2025 and 2026 second-rounders) to the Oklahoma City Thunder (RJ Hampton).
  • 2023 — Owe a second-rounder (top-46 protected) to the Cleveland Cavaliers (JaVale McGee).
  • 2025 — Owe a first-rounder (two years after the obligation to the Oklahoma City Thunder, top-5 protected through 2027, otherwise does not convey) to the Orlando Magic (Aaron Gordon).
  • 2027 — Owe a second-rounder to the Cleveland Cavaliers (JaVale McGee).

Cash Paid ($5,617,000 max): $0

Cash Received ($5,617,000 max): $110,000 from the Detroit Pistons (Jerami Grant) — $5,507,00 remaining


  • 7/29/21 — NBA Draft.
  • 7/31/21 — Player options on Will Barton and JaMychal Green.
  • 8/1/21 — Final day of 2020-21 season.
  • 8/2/21 — Start of 2021-22 season and moratorium.
  • 8/3/21 — Vlatko Cancar’s $1,782,621 guarantees for 2021-22.
  • 8/5/21 — Final day of the moratorium.
  • 8/6/21 — Free agents can sign as of 12:01 PM ET.
  • 8/6/21 — Jerami Grant trade exception expires.
  • 8/15/21 — PJ Dozier’s salary guarantees at $200,000 for 2021-22 (10 days after the final day of the moratorium).
  • 10/31/21 — Team option on Zeke Nnaji.
  • Before the first day of 2021-22 season — Extension deadline for Michael Porter Jr.
  • First day of the 2021-22 season — PJ Dozier’s salary guarantees at $400,000 for 2021-22.
  • 12/11/21 — PJ Dozier’s $1,910,860 guarantees for 2021-22 (30 days prior to the standard 1/10/22 cut-down date).
  • 2/11/22 — RJ Hampton and Isaiah Hartenstein trade exceptions expired.
  • 6/29/22 — Qualifying offer deadline on Facundo Campazzo.
  • 10/31/22 — Team option on Zeke Nnaji.
  • 6/29/22 — Qualifying offer deadlines for Bol Manute Bol, Michael Porter Jr. and Vlatko Cancar.
  • Before the first day of 2023-24 season — Extension deadline for Zeke Nnaji.
  • 6/29/24 — Qualifying offer deadline on Zeke Nnaji.

Teams and players can renegotiate guarantee dates but no later than January 7 each year.


  • None

No-Trade: None

Trade Kickers

  • None

Note: Players can waive their trade bonuses.

Poison Pill

  • None

Expired 10-Day Contracts: None

Arena: Ball Arena


Cap Holds

Salary and team data change quite often. If you notice a discrepancy, please notify Basketball Insiders Senior Writer Eric Pincus.

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