Outstanding NBA Trade Exceptions

Hoops Rumors’ up-to-date list of traded player exceptions is below. These are salary cap exceptions teams can use to acquire one or more players whose salaries are no greater than the amount of the exception plus $100K. Trade exceptions cannot be combined or used to sign a free agent, and expire after one year. For more information on traded player exceptions, check out Hoops Rumors’ glossary entry.

The amount of the exception, the deal in which it was obtained, and the expiration date are listed below. If a team has used a portion of an exception, that is also indicated. If you have any corrections or omissions, please contact us.

List updated 7-19-16

Charlotte Hornets

Amount: $1,666,470
Obtained: Troy Daniels (Grizzlies)
Expires: 7/12/17

Cleveland Cavaliers

Amount: $2,329,471
Obtained: Brendan Haywood (Trail Blazers)
Initial amount: $10,522,500
Used: Channing Frye ($8,193,029)
Expires: 7/27/16

Amount: $2,854,940
Obtained: Mike Miller (Trail Blazers)
Expires: 7/27/16

Amount: $845,059
Obtained: Joe Harris (Magic)
Expires: 1/12/17

Amount: $9,638,554
Obtained: Anderson Varejao (Trail Blazers)
Expires: 2/18/17

Amount: $947,276
Obtained: Jared Cunningham (Magic)
Expires: 2/18/17

Amount: $1,333,420
Obtained: Sasha Kaun (Sixers)
Expires: 7/15/17

Los Angeles Clippers

Amount: $1,209,600
Obtained: C.J. Wilcox (Magic)
Expires: 7/15/17

Oklahoma City Thunder

Amount: $3,750,001
Obtained: Steve Novak (Nuggets)
Expires: 2/18/17

Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this list.

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rxbrgr
2 years 3 months ago

Basketball Insiders has the Bulls with a $1,074,720 trade exception for Marquis Teague. Not a huge difference but it makes their exception at least usable…

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HoopsRumors
2 years 1 month ago

Yeah, I checked around, and it looks like that’s indeed the amount. There are some differences among the different reputable sites on some of these, but it seems they’re in agreement here. Thanks!

–Chuck

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rxbrgr
1 year 5 months ago

I think the Kings’ TPE for Thomas was reduced by $3m from the Terry/Gee trade. Or did they use a different exception to absorb Gee?

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HoopsRumors
1 year 5 months ago

It sure was, thanks for the catch! I’d thought they’d matched salaries in that trade, but instead they put Gee into the Thomas exception and Hopson into the Thornton exception, allowing them to create an exception equivalent to Jason Terry’s salary.

–Chuck

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RS
1 year 19 days ago

Read on Twitter Knicks no longer have exceptions because they got under the cap. Can you clarify, reading this list makes me think otherwise.

Member
1 year 19 days ago

They will almost certainly cease to have their trade exceptions soon after the July Moratorium, but for now, since there’s not yet a known cap figure to go under, and since they haven’t renounced any of their cap holds nor any of these exceptions, they technically still have them. Hope this helps!

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rxbrgr
5 months 2 hours ago

Can you explain how the trade exception for Markieff Morris came to be? It appears the trade for him with WAS was a simultaneous trade from both directions, and I thought trade exceptions could only be created with non-simultaneous trades?

Member
4 months 29 days ago

You can gain a trade exception worth a player’s partial salary if you don’t aggregate that salary with anyone else’s. The salaries for Humphries and Blair added up to $1.56MM less than the Morris salary, allowing the exception for the difference.

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Boucher2114
5 days 4 hours ago

I know it’s because of the rising cap, but this has to be an all-time low for trade exceptions, right? It’s pretty much just the Cavs, and only Varejao’s is of any real significance.

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