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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 10-17-16

Charlotte Hornets

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

Cleveland Cavaliers

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

Milwaukee Bucks

Amount: $1,733,880
Obtained: Tyler Ennis (Rockets)
Expires: 9/22/17

Amount: $815,199
Obtained: Michael Carter-Williams (Bulls)
Expires: 10/17/17

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

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10 thoughts on “Outstanding NBA Trade Exceptions

  1. rxbrgr

    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…

    • HoopsRumors

      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!


  2. rxbrgr

    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?

    • HoopsRumors

      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.


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

    • Chuck Myron

      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!

  4. rxbrgr

    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?

    • Chuck Myron

      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.

  5. 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.

    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, I’m not sure of the exact numbers, and I don’t know if there’s a way to go back and find out, but this is definitely the fewest TPEs I can recall seeing at a given time since Hoops Rumors launched (and probably well before that).

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