How Teams Are Using 2017/18 Mid-Level Exceptions

In addition to receiving $99MM+ in cap room and being allowed to surpass that threshold in order to sign players using Bird Rights or the minimum salary exception, each NBA team also receives a mid-level exception. The value of this exception varies depending on a club’s total team salary.

A team that goes under the cap to use its available cap room, for instance, receives only a modest form of the MLE known as the room exception. An over-the-cap team receives the full mid-level exception, unless that team is also over the tax line, in which case it gets a taxpayer version of the MLE that falls in between the full MLE and the room exception. We detailed the exact values of each form of mid-level exception earlier this offseason, but here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Room exception: Can be used for contracts up to two years, with a starting salary worth up to $4.328MM.
  • Taxpayer mid-level exception: Can be used for contracts up to three years, with a starting salary worth up to $5.192MM.
  • Full mid-level exception: Can be used for contracts up to four years, with a starting salary worth up to $8.406MM.

Now that a majority of the NBA’s teams have used up their cap space, it’s worth keeping an eye on which teams still have part or all of their mid-level exceptions available, which we’ll do in the space below. This list will be kept up to date throughout the year.

Here’s where things currently stand:


Mid-Level Exception:

Charlotte Hornets

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Available: $2,549,143 (taxpayer)
  • Used: $2,642,857 (Cedi Osman)

Dallas Mavericks

  • Available: $8,406,000
  • Used: $0

Detroit Pistons

Golden State Warriors

  • Available: $0 (taxpayer)
  • Used: $5,192,000 (Nick Young)

Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers

Memphis Grizzlies

Milwaukee Bucks

New Orleans Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Available: $5,192,000 (taxpayer)
  • Used: $0

San Antonio Spurs

  • Available: $0
  • Used: $8,406,000 (Rudy Gay)

Toronto Raptors

  • Available: $469,491
  • Used: $7,936,509 (C.J. Miles)

Washington Wizards

  • Available: $1,902,000 (taxpayer)
  • Used: $3,290,000 (Jodie Meeks)

Room Exception:

Atlanta Hawks

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Denver Nuggets

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Indiana Pacers

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Miami Heat

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Minnesota Timberwolves

New York Knicks

Orlando Magic

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Phoenix Suns

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Sacramento Kings

  • Available: $4,328,000
  • Used: $0

Utah Jazz

  • Available: $1,128,000
  • Used: $3,200,000 (Ekpe Udoh)

Salary information from Basketball Insiders and ESPN was used in the creation of this post.

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One thought on “How Teams Are Using 2017/18 Mid-Level Exceptions

  1. Pihc123

    Well explained. However it’s easy to see why a few teams mess this up. Especially teams that have FO with poor communications.

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