How Teams Are Using 2022/23 Mid-Level Exceptions

In addition to receiving approximately $123.7MM 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 apron, 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 $5,401,000.
  • Taxpayer mid-level exception: Can be used for contracts up to three years, with a starting salary worth up to $6,479,000.
  • Full/non-taxpayer mid-level exception: Can be used for contracts up to four years, with a starting salary worth up to $10,490,000.
    • Note: Though its name suggests otherwise, using the non-taxpayer mid-level exception doesn’t mean a team can’t or won’t be above the tax line ($150,267,000) at season’s end; it simply means the team’s total salary can’t surpass the tax “apron” ($156,983,000).

Now that most 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 2022/23 league year, with new MLE deals added once those signings are officially completed and we confirm the contract details.

Note: As of January 10, the value of the exceptions below will begin to prorate downward.

Here’s where things currently stand:


Mid-Level Exception:

Non-taxpayer: $10,490,000
Taxpayer:
$6,479,000

Atlanta Hawks

  • Used: $0

Boston Celtics

  • Used: $6,479,000 (Danilo Gallinari)
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Brooklyn Nets

  • Used: $0
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Charlotte Hornets

  • Used: $0

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

  • Used: $6,479,000 (Bruce Brown)
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets

Los Angeles Clippers

  • Used: $6,479,000 (John Wall)
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Los Angeles Lakers

  • Used: $6,479,000 (Lonnie Walker)
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Memphis Grizzlies

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

  • Used: $6,479,000 (Joe Ingles)
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Minnesota Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans

  • Used: $0

Oklahoma City Thunder

Orlando Magic

Philadelphia 76ers

Phoenix Suns

  • Used: $0
  • Note: Limited to taxpayer mid-level exception.

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

Washington Wizards


Room Exception:

Available: $5,401,000

Detroit Pistons

  • Used: $0

Indiana Pacers

  • Used: $0

New York Knicks

  • Used: $0

San Antonio Spurs

  • Used: $0
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