In addition to receiving approximately $109MM 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 $4,767,000.
- Taxpayer mid-level exception: Can be used for contracts up to three years, with a starting salary worth up to $5,718,000.
- Full mid-level exception: Can be used for contracts up to four years, with a starting salary worth up to $9,258,000.
Now that nearly all 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 2019/20 league year.
Note: As of January 10, the value of the exceptions below began to prorate downward by 1/177th per day.
Here’s where things currently stand:
Golden State Warriors
- Used: $2,177,483 (Willie Cauley-Stein); $898,310 (Eric Paschall); $898,310 (Alen Smailagic); $842,327 (Damion Lee); $350,189 (Ky Bowman); $350,189 (Juan Toscano-Anderson); $187,782 (Mychal Mulder)
- Used: $9,258,000 (Tyus Jones)
Oklahoma City Thunder
- Used: $9,258,000 (Al-Farouq Aminu)
Portland Trail Blazers
- Used: $5,718,000 (Rodney Hood)
San Antonio Spurs
- Used: $5,500,000 (Trey Lyles)
- Used: $4,000,000 (Patrick McCaw); $2,500,000 (Rondae Hollis-Jefferson); $898,310 (Matt Thomas); $898,310 (Dewan Hernandez)
- Used: $6,000,000 (Ish Smith); $1,000,000 (Admiral Schofield); $898,310 (Justin Robinson); $482,144 (Anzejs Pasecniks)
- Used: $0
- Used: $4,767,000 (Enes Kanter)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Garrett Temple)
- Used: $2,250,000 (Luke Kornet)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Justin Holiday)
Los Angeles Clippers
- Used: $4,767,000 (JaMychal Green)
Los Angeles Lakers
- Used: $4,767,000 (Avery Bradley)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Robin Lopez)
New Orleans Pelicans
- Used: $4,102,564 (Nicolo Melli)
New York Knicks
- Used: $4,000,000 (Reggie Bullock)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Mike Scott)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Frank Kaminsky)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Richaun Holmes)
- Used: $4,767,000 (Ed Davis)