Hoops Rumors is looking ahead at the 2020/21 salary cap situations for all 30 NBA teams. Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the NBA, it’s impossible to know yet where the cap for 2020/21 will land. Given the league’s lost revenue, we’re assuming for now that it will stay the same as the ’19/20 cap, but it’s entirely possible it will end up higher or lower than that.
Despite some speculation that they’d struggle without Victor Oladipo for the first half of the 2019/20 season, the Pacers were just fine, thanks to a hot start by Malcolm Brogdon and a breakout season from Domantas Sabonis.
Oladipo’s rust following his 12-month absence contributed to some up-and-down play (Indiana was 9-9 after his return), but it would be interesting to see if a fully healthy version of the roster could win a playoff series in the East. With 11 players of this year’s players on guaranteed contracts for next season, the Pacers could run it back with a pretty similar squad in 2020/21.
Here’s where things stand for the Pacers financially in 2020/21, as we continue our Salary Cap Preview series:
- Victor Oladipo ($21,000,000)
- Malcolm Brogdon ($20,700,000)
- Domantas Sabonis ($18,500,000)
- Myles Turner ($18,000,000)
- T.J. Warren ($11,750,000)
- Jeremy Lamb ($10,500,000)
- Doug McDermott ($7,333,333)
- T.J. Leaf ($4,326,825)
- Goga Bitadze ($2,957,520)
- Aaron Holiday ($2,345,640)
- Monta Ellis ($2,245,400) — Waived via stretch provision.
- Edmond Sumner ($2,160,000)
- T.J. McConnell ($1,000,000) — Partial guarantee. Non-guaranteed portion noted below. 1
- Total: $122,818,718
- T.J. McConnell ($2,500,000) 1
- Total: $2,500,000
Restricted Free Agents
- Alize Johnson ($1,820,564 qualifying offer / $1,820,564 cap hold): Early Bird rights
- Brian Bowen (two-way qualifying offer / $1,445,697 cap hold): Non-Bird rights
- Naz Mitrou-Long (two-way qualifying offer / $1,445,697 cap hold): Non-Bird rights
- Total (cap holds): $4,711,958
Unrestricted Free Agents / Other Cap Holds
- Justin Holiday ($5,720,400): Non-Bird rights
- JaKarr Sampson ($1,620,564): Non-Bird rights
- Total: $7,340,964
Offseason Cap Outlook
Last summer’s series of transactions – adding Brogdon, Warren, and Lamb, while extending Sabonis – will limit the Pacers’ flexibility going forward and eliminate any chance that they’ll have cap room during the 2020 offseason.
Still, barring a trade that adds salary, an aggressive deployment of the full mid-level exception, or an unexpected decline in the salary cap, the team should have a decent amount of breathing room below the tax line.
Cap Exceptions Available
- Mid-level exception: $9,258,000 2
- Bi-annual exception: $3,623,000 2
- McConnell’s salary becomes fully guaranteed after October 17.
- This is a projected value. If the Pacers’ team salary continues to increase, it’s possible they’d be limited to the taxpayer mid-level exception ($5,718,000).
Note: Minimum-salary and rookie-scale cap holds are based on the salary cap and could increase or decrease depending on where the cap lands.