Quick: Over the cap.
Salary Cap: $109,140,000
Luxury Tax Threshold: $132,627,000
Projection for 2021-22 ($112,414,000 cap): Up to $15 million in cap space, none with Lonzo Ball’s cap hold.
NBA Draft: No. 10, No. 35 from the Cleveland Cavaliers (Kyle Korver, Jaxson Hayes), No. 40 from the Chicago Bulls (Nikola Mirotic), No. 43 from the Washington Wizards (Trey Burke, Kyle Korver, George Hill, Nikola Mirotic), No. 53 from the Dallas Mavericks (JJ Redick)
Unsigned Draft Picks
- First-rounders: None
- Second-rounders: Latavious Williams (2010-48th)
Roster Count: Nine guaranteed, one non-guaranteed, one team option
PG: Eric Bledsoe, Kira Lewis Jr
SG: Nickeil Alexander-Walker
SF: Brandon Ingram, Naji Marshall, Wenyen Gabriel, Wesley Iwundu, Didi Louzada (TO)
PF: Zion Williamson
C: Steven Adams, Jaxson Hayes
Note: Teams often adjust their depth chart throughout the season, sometimes game by game.
- Trade Exception (Nicolo Melli, expiring 2/11/22) — $3,897,436
- Projected Non-Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception — $9,536,000
- Projected Bi-Annual Exception — $3,732,000
* Exact date TBD.
Non-Guaranteed Salaries — Next Cut-Down Date*
- Wenyen Gabriel $1,762,796 — 1/7/22
- Didi Louzada $1,517,981 (on opt in) — 1/7/22
* Teams and players can agree to push back cut-down dates but not past January 7 each year.
- Didi Louzada $1,517,981 (team)
Free Agents (with Cap Holds)
- Full Bird: Lonzo Ball (RFA, $27,509,455), James Johnson ($24,070,650), Josh Hart (RFA, $10,473,477)
- Non-Bird: Didi Louzada (RFA on opt-out, $1,689,065), Willy Hernangomez ($1,669,178), James Nunnally (two-way, RFA)
- Lonzo Ball $14,359,936
- Josh Hart $5,236,739
- Didi Louzada $1,689,065 (on opt out)
- James Nunnally (two-way with $50,000 guaranteed)
Rookie-Scale Extension Eligible
- Kira Lewis Jr (third-year)
- Zion Williamson (fourth-year)
- Jaxson Hayes (fourth-year)
- Nickeil Alexander-Walker (fourth-year)
Waived Players: None
Traded Players: None
G-League Affiliate: Erie BayHawks (general manager Marc Chasanoff, coach Ryan Pannone)
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: Gayle Benson
- David Griffin — executive vice president of basketball operations
- Trajan Langdon — general manager
- Swin Cash — vice president of basketball operations and team development
- Bryson Graham — assistant general manager
- Michael Blackstone — vice president of basketball administration
- Todd Quinter — director of pro personnel
- Marc Chasanoff — senior director of basketball operations
- Shane Kupperman — senior director, salary cap & strategy
- Adam Barnes — chief of staff
Head Coach: None
Assistants: Bob Beyer, Casey Hill, Fred Vinson, Rex Walters, Teresa Weatherspoon, Corey Brewer, Darnell Lazare, Beno Udrih
Trainer: Aaron Nelson (vice president of player care and performance), Tom Maystadt (head athletic trainer), Daniel Bove (director of sports science and performance), Jason Sumerlin (head strength & conditioning coach)
- 2022 — Owed a first-rounder from the Los Angeles Lakers (Anthony Davis).
- 2022 — Owed a second-rounder from the Cleveland Cavaliers (Kyle Korver, Jaxson Hayes).
- 2022 — Owed a second-rounder from the Utah Jazz (Elijah Hughes).
- 2023 — Can swap first-rounders with the Los Angeles Lakers (Anthony Davis).
- 2023 — Owe a second-rounder (top-45 protected) to the Atlanta Hawks (Jaxson Hayes).
- 2024 — Owed a first-rounder from the Los Angeles Lakers (Anthony Davis). The Pelicans can delay the pick until 2025.
- 2024 — Can swap first-rounders with the Milwaukee Bucks (Jrue Holiday).
- 2024 — Owed a second-rounder from the Charlotte Hornets (Nick Richards).
- 2025 — Owed a first-rounder from the Milwaukee Bucks (Jrue Holiday).
- 2026 — Can swap first-rounders with the Milwaukee Bucks (Jrue Holiday).
- 2027 — Owed a first-rounder from the Milwaukee Bucks (Jrue Holiday).
Cash Paid ($5,617,000 max): $0
Cash Received ($5,617,000 max): $1,100,000 from the Dallas Mavericks (JJ Redick) — $4,517,000 remaining
- 7/29/21 — NBA Draft.
- 7/31/21 — Team option on Didi Louzada.
- 8/1/21 — Final Day of 2020-21 season.
- 8/2/21 — Start of 2021-22 season and moratorium.
- 8/4/21 — No-trade restriction lifts on Naji Marshall.
- 8/6/21 — Final day of 2021-22 moratorium.
- 10/31/21 — Team options on Kira Lewis Jr, Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
- 1/7/22 — Wenyen Gabriel’s $1,762,796 guarantees for 2021-22.
- 1/7/22 — Didi Louzada’s $1,517,981 guarantees for 2021-22.
- 2/11/22 — Nicolo Melli trade exception expires (exact date TBD).
- Before first day of the 2022-23 season — Extension deadlines for Zion Williamson, Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
- 10/31/21 — Team option on Kira Lewis Jr.
- 6/29/22 — Qualifying offer deadline on Didi Louzada.
- 6/29/23 — Qualifying offer deadlines for Zion Williamson, Jaxon Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.
- 6/29/23 — Team option on Naji Marshall.
- 6/29/24 — Qualifying offer deadlines for Kira Lewis Jr.
Teams and players can renegotiate guarantee dates but no later than January 7 each year.
- 6/16/21 — Parted ways with coach Stan Van Gundy.
- 6/22/21 — Received the No. 10 pick in the NBA Draft Lottery.
- Brandon Ingram — 15 percent
- Steven Adams — 7.5 percent
Note: Players can waive their trade bonuses.
Expired 10-Day Contracts: None
Arena: Smoothie King Center
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(Updated on 7/2/21)