Cash Sent, Received In NBA Trades For 2018/19

During each NBA league year, teams face limits on the amount of cash they can send out and receive in trades. Once they reach those limits, they’re no longer permitted to include cash in a deal until the following league year.

For the 2018/19 NBA season, the limit is $5,243,000. The limits on sending and receiving cash are separate and aren’t dependent on one another, so if a team sends out $5,243,000 in one trade, then receives $5,243,000 in another, they aren’t back to square one — they’ve reached both limits for the season.

Since July 1, 14 trades have included cash. The money attached to some of those deals is extremely minimal — in one Mavericks/Clippers swap, Dallas received just $50K from Los Angeles. In other cases though, the money included in a trade can be a major factor. For instance, the fact that the Nets paid the Hornets $5MM in the deal that sent Dwight Howard to Brooklyn and Timofey Mozgov to Charlotte certainly helped incentivize the Hornets to make the move.

We’ll use the space below to track each team’s cash sent and received in trades for the 2018/19 season, updating the info as necessary for the 2019 trade deadline and the first part of the 2019 offseason. These totals will reset once the calendar turns to July 2019 and the ’19/20 league year begins.


Atlanta Hawks

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Boston Celtics

  • Cash available to send: $4,793,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Brooklyn Nets

  • Cash available to send: $243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Charlotte Hornets

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $0
    • Received $5,000,000 from Nets.
    • Received $243,000 from Thunder.

Chicago Bulls

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,995,506

Dallas Mavericks

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,148,049
    • Received $1,544,951 (plus conditional $500,000) from Rockets.
    • Received $50,000 from Clippers.

Denver Nuggets

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,133,000
    • Received $110,000 from Sixers.

Detroit Pistons

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Golden State Warriors

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Houston Rockets

  • Cash available to send: $3,198,049
    • Sent $1,544,951 (plus conditional $500,000) to Mavericks.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Indiana Pacers

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Cash available to send: $3,945,506
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Cash available to send: $3,743,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Cash available to send: $2,660,069
    • Sent $1,544,951 to Kings.
    • Sent $1,037,980 to Magic.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Miami Heat

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,243,000

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

New York Knicks

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Cash available to send: $3,021,758
  • Cash available to receive: $4,793,000

Orlando Magic

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $2,226,778

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Cash available to send: $5,133,000
  • Cash available to receive: $2,743,000
    • Received $1,500,000 from Lakers
    • Received $1,000,000 from Suns.

Phoenix Suns

  • Cash available to send: $4,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Sacramento Kings

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,698,049

San Antonio Spurs

  • Cash available to send: $243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Toronto Raptors

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $243,000
    • Received $5MM from Spurs.

Utah Jazz

  • Cash available to send: $5,243,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Washington Wizards

  • Cash available to send: $3,243,000
    • Sent $1,500,000 to Bucks.
    • Sent $500,000 to Bucks.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,243,000

Information from Basketball Insiders and ESPN’s Bobby Marks was used in the creation of this post.

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3 thoughts on “Cash Sent, Received In NBA Trades For 2018/19

  1. Rewane

    Is there a minimum amount for cash a team can send in a trade?

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    • Luke Adams

      If cash is the ONLY thing that a team is sending or receiving in a trade, the minimum is $110K. If cash is included in addition to at least one other player/pick/etc., I don’t believe there’s a minimum. The $50K exchanged in that Mavs/Clippers trade is about as low as you’ll see it go though.

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