Early NBA Salary Guarantee Dates For 2022/23

A player who has a non-guaranteed salary for a given season will, by default, receive his full guarantee if he remains under contract through January 7 of that league year. Because the league-wide salary guarantee date is January 10, a player must clear waivers before that date if a team wants to avoid being on the hook for his full salary.

However, a handful of players who have non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts for 2022/23 have earlier trigger dates. Those players will receive either their full guarantees or an increased partial guarantee on certain dates before January 7, assuming they’re not waived.

These dates are fairly malleable — if a player and team reach an agreement, a salary guarantee deadline can be pushed back.

For example, if a player’s contract calls for him to receive his full guarantee on June 28, his team could ask him to move that date to the first or second week of July to get a better sense of what will happen in free agency before making a final decision. The player doesn’t have to agree, but it could be in his best interest to push back his guarantee date rather than simply being waived.

Those agreements between a player and team aren’t always reported right away, so our list of early salary guarantee dates is a tentative one. When a player’s salary guarantee date passes, our assumption is that he received his guarantee, but it’s possible he and his team negotiated a new guarantee date that simply hasn’t been made public yet. We’ll update the info below as necessary in the coming weeks and months.

Here are the early salary guarantee dates for 2022/23:


June 21:

  • Mason Plumlee (Hornets): Partial guarantee ($4,262,500) increases to full guarantee ($9,080,417). (✅)

June 24:

  • Zach Collins (Spurs): Partial guarantee ($3,675,000) increases to full guarantee ($7,350,000). (✅)

June 25:

  • Josh Hart (Trail Blazers): Non-guaranteed salary ($12,960,000) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

June 28:

  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Wizards): Partial guarantee ($4,888,118) increases to full guarantee ($14,004,703). (✅)
    • Note: Caldwell-Pope was subsequently traded to the Nuggets.

June 29:

  • Chimezie Metu (Kings): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,910,860) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
  • Max Strus (Heat): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,815,677) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
  • Gabe Vincent (Heat): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,815,677) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
  • Omer Yurtseven (Heat): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,752,638) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

June 30:

  • Juan Hernangomez (Jazz): Non-guaranteed salary ($7,307,130) becomes fully guaranteed. ()
  • Theo Maledon (Thunder): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,900,000) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
  • Kelly Oubre (Hornets): Partial guarantee ($5,000,000) increases to full guarantee ($12,600,000). (✅)
  • Moritz Wagner (Magic): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,878,720) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

July 1:

  • Haywood Highsmith (Heat): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,752,638) becomes partially guaranteed ($50,000). (✅)
  • Ish Smith (Wizards): Non-guaranteed salary ($4,725,000) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
    • Note: Caldwell-Pope was subsequently traded to the Nuggets.

July 3:

  • Maxi Kleber (Mavericks): Non-guaranteed salary ($9,000,000) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
  • John Konchar (Grizzlies): Partial guarantee ($840,000) increases to full guarantee ($2,300,000). (✅)
  • Isaiah Roby (Thunder): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,930,681) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
    • Note: Roby was waived by Thunder prior to this salary guarantee date, but was claimed by the Spurs.

July 4:

  • Dalano Banton (Raptors): Partial guarantee ($150,000) increases to $300,000. (✅)
  • Frank Ntilikina (Mavericks): Non-guaranteed salary ($2,036,318) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

July 7:

  • Nick Richards (Hornets): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,782,621) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

July 8:

  • Danilo Gallinari (Hawks): Partial guarantee ($13,000,000) increases to full guarantee ($21,450,000). ()

July 10:

  • Eric Bledsoe (Trail Blazers): Partial guarantee ($3,900,000) increases to full guarantee ($19,375,000). ()
  • Terry Taylor (Pacers): Partial guarantee ($625,000) increases to full guarantee ($1,563,518). (✅)

July 15:

  • Duane Washington (Pacers): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,563,518) becomes fully guaranteed. ()

July 20:

  • Naz Reid (Timberwolves): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,930,681) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

August 1:

  • Armoni Brooks (Raptors): Partial guarantee ($50,000) increases to $250,000. ()
  • Tre Jones (Spurs): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,782,621) becomes partially guaranteed ($500,000). (✅)
  • Jalen McDaniels (Hornets): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,930,681) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)

August 15:

  • Luke Kornet (Celtics): Partial guarantee ($100,000) increases to $300,000. (✅)

Team’s first game of regular season:

  • Dalano Banton (Raptors): Partial guarantee ($300,000) increases to full guarantee ($1,563,518). (✅)
  • Keita Bates-Diop (Spurs): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,878,720) becomes fully guaranteed. (✅)
  • Justin Champagnie (Raptors): Partial guarantee ($325,000) increases to $825,000. (✅)
  • Matthew Dellavedova (Kings): Non-guaranteed salary ($2,628,597) becomes partially guaranteed ($250,000). (✅)
  • Haywood Highsmith (Heat): Partial guarantee ($50,000) increases to $400,000. (✅)
  • Josh Jackson (Raptors): Non-guaranteed salary ($2,133,278) becomes fully guaranteed. ()
  • Isaiah Joe (Sixers): Non-guaranteed salary ($1,782,621) becomes fully guaranteed. ()
  • Tre Jones (Spurs): Partial guarantee ($500,000) increases to full guarantee ($1,782,621). (✅)
  • Luke Kornet (Celtics): Partial guarantee ($300,000) increases to $1,066,639. (✅)
  • Chima Moneke (Kings): Partial guarantee ($250,000) increases to $500,000. (✅)
  • Markieff Morris (Nets): Non-guaranteed salary ($2,905,581) becomes partially guaranteed ($500,000). (✅)
  • KZ Okpala (Kings): Partial guarantee ($250,000) increases to $500,000. (✅)
  • Edmond Sumner (Nets): Partial guarantee ($250,000) increases to $500,000. (✅)
  • D.J. Wilson (Raptors): Partial guarantee ($250,000) increases to full guarantee ($2,133,278). ()

December 1:

  • Haywood Highsmith (Heat): Partial guarantee ($400,000) increases to $700,000.

December 10:

  • Markieff Morris (Nets): Partial guarantee ($500,000) increases to $1,000,000.

January 1:

  • Justin Champagnie (Raptors): Partial guarantee ($825,000) increases to full guarantee ($1,637,966).
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