2019 NBA Offseason Salary Cap Digest: Indiana Pacers

The Pacers proved in the early going this season that their 2017/18 success was no fluke, then proved they were capable of winning games without their star player after Victor Oladipo went down with a season-ending quad injury. Ultimately, the Oladipo-less Pacers couldn’t make any noise in the playoffs, but there’s plenty of reason for optimism as they enter an important offseason.

Here’s where things currently stand for the Pacers financially, as we continue our Offseason Salary Cap Digest series for 2019:

Guaranteed Salary

Player Options

  • None

Team Options

Non-Guaranteed Salary

  • Alize Johnson ($655,316) 1
  • Total: $655,316

Restricted Free Agents

Unrestricted Free Agents / Other Cap Holds

Projected Salary Cap: $109,000,000
Projected Tax Line: $132,000,000

Offseason Cap Outlook

  • Maximum cap room projection: $44MM
  • This cap projection assumes the Pacers keep their seven players with salary guarantees (including Johnson, since waiving him would mean eating his guarantee and replacing him with an empty roster charge) and their first-round pick.
  • In reality, if the Pacers plan on re-signing two or three of their free agents, it’s possible they’ll have much less cap room. They could even operate as an over-the-cap team if they bring back a few players. For what it’s worth, retaining Bogdanovic’s cap hold along with their other seven players and their pick would result in about $31.3MM in cap space.

Cap Exceptions Available

  • Room exception: $4,760,000 3


  1. Johnson’s salary becomes fully guaranteed after July 15.
  2. The salaries for two-way players don’t count against a team’s cap, but their cap holds do during the offseason.
  3. This is a projected value. In the event the Pacers remain over the cap, they’d instead have access to the full mid-level exception ($9,246,000) and the bi-annual exception ($3,619,000).

Note: Minimum-salary and rookie-scale cap holds are estimates based on salary cap projections and could increase or decrease depending on where the cap lands.

Salary information from Basketball Insiders and RealGM was used in the creation of this post. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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2 thoughts on “2019 NBA Offseason Salary Cap Digest: Indiana Pacers

  1. x%sure

    They should look around, but those are some good-value FAs, except for Evans & Mathews. Their acquisitions predictably did nothing for their playoff chances. If Davon Reed had enough PT he could maybe do better, though I only have seen him at UMiami.

    Thad Young actually had a rebound year of sorts, though maybe it was just a salary drive. But he will still only be 31, smart guy, should be a plus starter for a couple more years. Collison 32.

  2. hiflew

    I don’t think I would want any of their free agents at those prices, aside from Matthews, although I could see wanting many of them at lower prices.

    I honestly have no idea what they are going to do. Should be a very interesting team to watch this offseason.

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