Here’s the Raptors Salary Situation as of Right Now!

An explanation of the current Raptors cap situation, and how they can go about getting free-agents.

Player 2013-14 2014-15
Rudy Gay $17,888,932 $19,317,326
DeMar DeRozan $9,500,000 $9,500,000
Amir Johnson $6,500,000 $7,000,000
Landry Fields $6,250,000 $6,250,000
Linas Kleiza $4,600,000
Jonas Valanciunas $3,526,440 $3,678,360
Terrence Ross $2,678,640 $2,793,960
Aaro Gray $2,690,875
Quincy Acy $788,872 $915,243
Steve Novak $3,750,001 $3,445,947
Marcus Camby $4,383,773 $1,025,890
Quentin Richardson $1,399,507
Kyle Lowry $1,000,000
$64,957,040 $53,926,726

Note that Ross, Johnson, and Valanciunas all have non-guaranteed contracts, and that only Lowry and Camby’s guaranteed portion is being shown.

Assuming the Raptors amnesty Kleiza, they save $4.6M, taking them to $60,357,040 . The current NBA salary cap is $58.5 million, meaning the Raptors would be $1,857,040 over the cap. Of course, once you consider that they have a mid-level exception available to them (which also counts against the cap), they are essentially well over the cap and would need to use the MLE of approximately $5M to sign a free-agent. The Raptors also have a bi-annual exception available to them, which is valued at $1.967M, and can be split across two players (unlike the MLE).

The Raptors can renounce the MLE, but in this situation it would make no sense to do that. For example, if through some transaction they free-up $7M worth of cap-space, then it would make sense to renounce the MLE and sign a free-agent for up to $5,142,960 (the $7M saved minus whatever they are over-the-cap by now). They also will have to deal with Lowry, which stands to make $6,210,000 unless waived by the 15th. If he does stay on the roster, the salary will balloon to $70,167,040 (just below the tax at $70.307 million), assuming a Kleiza amnesty, they’ll be at $$65,567,040.

Long story short, the MLE is the chief course of action Ujiri can take to sign a free-agent, and of course, trade. Even if he manages to waive Camby and he gets picked up by a team, it’s not going to create enough space to sign anyone beyond the MLE.

Sources: Sham Sports :: NBA Salary Cap FAQ

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