Cash Sent, Received In NBA Trades For 2020/21

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 2020/21 NBA season, the limit is $5,617,000. If a team is including cash in a deal, the minimum amount required is $110,000.

The limits on sending and receiving cash are separate and aren’t dependent on one another, so if a team sends out $5,617,000 in one trade, then receives $5,617,000 in another, they aren’t back to square one — they’ve reached both limits for the season and can’t make another deal that includes cash.

Adding cash to a deal can serve multiple purposes. It can be a sweetener to encourage a team to make a deal in the first place – like when a team acquires a second-round pick in exchange for cash – or it can be a necessity to meet CBA requirements.

For instance, when the Jazz agreed to trade Ed Davis to the Knicks in November, they were looking to dump his $5MM salary, and sent New York a pair of second-round picks as a favor for helping them out. But Utah had to receive something in the deal, so the Knicks agreed to send the Jazz $110K, the minimum amount that can change hands in any trade involving cash.

We’ll use the space below to track each team’s cash sent and received in trades for the 2020/21 season, updating the info as necessary leading up to the 2021 trade deadline and for the first part of the 2021 offseason in July. These totals will reset once the ’21/22 league year begins in August.

Note: Data from Basketball Insiders, ESPN’s Bobby Marks, and various media reports was used in the creation of this post.


Atlanta Hawks

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,517,000

Boston Celtics

  • Cash available to send: $4,317,000
    • Sent $1,300,000 to Bulls.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Brooklyn Nets

  • Cash available to send: $3,017,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Charlotte Hornets

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,617,000

Chicago Bulls

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $4,067,000

Cleveland Cavaliers

  • Cash available to send: $3,617,000
    • Sent $2,000,000 to Jazz.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Dallas Mavericks

  • Cash available to send: $4,517,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Denver Nuggets

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,507,000

Detroit Pistons

  • Cash available to send: $5,257,000
  • Cash available to receive: $1,017,000
    • Received $4,600,000 from Rockets.

Golden State Warriors

  • Cash available to send: $1,767,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Houston Rockets

  • Cash available to send: $17,000

    • Sent $4,600,000 to Pistons.
    • Sent $1,000,000 to Kings.
    • Note: Since the minimum amount required in a trade involving cash is $110K, the Rockets essentially have $0 remaining.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Indiana Pacers

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,017,000
    • Received $2,600,000 from Nets.

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Cash available to send: $1,522,662
    • Sent $2,744,338 to Kings.
    • Sent $1,350,000 to Hawks.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Memphis Grizzlies

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Miami Heat

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,507,000
    • Received $110,000 from Suns.

Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $4,517,000

New York Knicks

  • Cash available to send: $5,507,000
    • Sent $110,000 to Jazz.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Cash available to send: $4,867,000
    • Sent $750,000 to Hawks.
  • Cash available to receive: $3,617,000
    • Received a conditional $2,000,000 from Sixers. *

Orlando Magic

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Philadelphia 76ers

  • Cash available to send: $3,617,000
    • Sent a conditional $2,000,000 to Thunder. *
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Phoenix Suns

  • Cash available to send: $5,507,000
    • Sent $110,000 to Bucks.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Portland Trail Blazers

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Sacramento Kings

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $1,872,662

San Antonio Spurs

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,767,000

Toronto Raptors

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

Utah Jazz

  • Cash available to send: $5,617,000
  • Cash available to receive: $3,257,000

Washington Wizards

  • Cash available to send: $5,367,000
    • Sent $250,000 to Bulls.
  • Cash available to receive: $5,617,000

* Note: The Sixers owe the Thunder a 2025 first-round pick (top-six protected). If that pick remains protected and doesn’t convey by 2027, the Sixers would instead owe the Thunder $2MM in cash along with their ’27 second-round pick.

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