After a solid 2015/16 season, the Hornets took a step back in ’16/17, with their win total dipping from 48 to 36. As Charlotte looks to bounce back, the fact that Kemba Walker is the sixth-highest-paid player on the roster is both good and bad news for the club — Walker is on a very team-friendly contract, but the Hornets have made some other questionable big-money investments that will limit their flexibility.
Here’s where things currently stand for the Hornets financially, as we continue our Offseason Salary Cap Digest series for 2017:
- Nicolas Batum ($22,434,783)
- Marvin Williams ($13,168,750)
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ($13,000,000)
- Cody Zeller ($12,584,270)
- Miles Plumlee ($12,500,000)
- Kemba Walker ($12,000,000)
- Jeremy Lamb ($7,000,000)
- Marco Belinelli ($6,606,060)
- Frank Kaminsky ($2,847,600)
- Total: $102,141,463
- Ramon Sessions ($6,270,000)
- Total: $6,270,000
- Johnny O’Bryant ($1,524,305)1
- Briante Weber ($1,471,382)2
- Treveon Graham ($1,312,611)
- Total: $4,308,298
Restricted Free Agents
- No. 11 overall pick ($2,904,480)
- Brian Roberts ($1,471,382)
- Christian Wood ($1,471,382)
- Total: $5,847,244
- Troy Daniels TPE ($1,666,470) — Expires 7/12/17
Projected Salary Cap: $101,000,000
Maximum Cap Room: –$5,677,173
- The Hornets’ guaranteed salaries, plus cap holds for their first-round pick and two empty roster spots, total $106,677,173, putting the team over the cap. So, barring a significant change in direction, Charlotte is unlikely to dip below the cap this summer.
- O’Bryant’s salary becomes fully guaranteed after August 1.
- Weber’s salary becomes fully guaranteed after August 1.