• Projections Table arrow_drop_down
    Season Projected
    Salary Floor
    Projected
    Salary Cap
    Projected
    Tax Limit
    Projected
    Tax Apron
    2022-23 $112,521,600 $125,024,000 $151,649,000 $160,774,863
    2021-22 $107,163,000 $119,070,000 $144,428,000 $153,404,750
    2020-21 $102,060,000 $113,400,000 $137,550,000 $146,385,000
    2019-20 $97,200,000 $108,000,000 $131,000,000 $140,742,574
    2018-19 $90,900,000 $101,000,000 $123,000,000 $129,971,850
    2017-18 $89,183,700 $99,093,000 $119,266,000 $125,266,000
  • Tax Limit & Apron arrow_drop_down
    Season Projected
    Tax Limit
    Projected
    Tax Apron
    2022-23 $151,649,000 $160,774,863
    2021-22 $144,428,000 $153,404,750
    2020-21 $137,550,000 $146,385,000
    2019-20 $131,000,000 $140,742,574
    2018-19 $123,000,000 $129,971,850
    2017-18 $119,266,000 $125,266,000
  • Floor & Salary Caparrow_drop_down
    Season Projected
    Salary Floor
    Projected
    Salary Cap
    2022-23 $112,521,600 $125,024,000
    2021-22 $107,163,000 $119,070,000
    2020-21 $102,060,000 $113,400,000
    2019-20 $97,200,000 $108,000,000
    2018-19 $90,900,000 $101,000,000
    2017-18 $89,183,700 $99,093,000

Source: RealGM (tax limit and salary cap projections). Apron and floor projections are calculated based on RealGM tax and cap figures.

Historical Team Spending against the Cap in the Salary Cap Era

1984/85 - 2016/17: Not adjusted for inflation.
  • Historical Table arrow_drop_down
    Season Salary Cap Highest Payroll Tm Payroll NBA AVG. Diff. Lowest Payroll Tm Payroll NBA AVG. Diff.
    2016-17 $94,143,000 Cleveland Cavaliers $126,608,934 $98,325,366 $28,283,568 Utah Jazz $80,598,193 $98,325,366 $-17,727,173
    2015-16 $70,000,000 Cleveland Cavaliers $107,018,938 $78,838,752 $28,180,186 Portland Trail Blazers $62,488,858 $78,838,752 $-16,349,894
    2014-15 $63,065,000 Brooklyn Nets $88,131,590 $70,244,220 $17,887,370 Philadelphia 76ers $53,545,976 $70,244,220 $-16,698,244
    2013-14 $58,679,000 Brooklyn Nets $102,816,531 $67,640,222 $35,176,309 Philadelphia 76ers $53,308,029 $67,640,222 $-14,332,193
    2012-13 $58,044,000 Los Angeles Lakers $99,953,801 $66,663,988 $33,289,813 Phoenix Suns $53,346,982 $66,663,988 $-13,317,006
    2011-12 $58,044,000 Los Angeles Lakers $87,392,955 $64,234,025 $23,158,930 Indiana Pacers $43,958,483 $64,234,025 $-20,275,542
    2010-11 $58,044,000 Los Angeles Lakers $90,432,556 $67,124,183 $23,308,373 Sacramento Kings $44,991,883 $67,124,183 $-22,132,300
    2009-10 $57,700,000 Los Angeles Lakers $91,378,064 $70,054,312 $21,323,752 Memphis Grizzlies $56,294,399 $70,054,312 $-13,759,913
    2008-09 $58,680,000 New York Knicks $96,643,646 $71,665,207 $24,978,439 Memphis Grizzlies $55,093,507 $71,665,207 $-16,571,700
    2007-08 $55,630,000 Dallas Mavericks $101,021,688 $68,520,421 $32,501,267 Charlotte Bobcats $52,684,792 $68,520,421 $-15,835,629
    2006-07 $53,135,000 New York Knicks $117,024,192 $64,476,693 $52,547,499 Charlotte Bobcats $41,689,161 $64,476,693 $-22,787,532
    2005-06 $49,500,000 New York Knicks $126,610,272 $63,056,830 $63,553,442 Charlotte Bobcats $33,458,932 $63,056,830 $-29,597,898
    2004-05 $43,870,000 New York Knicks $102,442,544 $58,948,312 $43,494,232 Charlotte Bobcats $23,380,124 $58,948,312 $-35,568,188
    2003-04 $43,840,000 New York Knicks $89,444,816 $57,397,816 $32,047,000 Utah Jazz $34,747,676 $57,397,816 $-22,650,140
    2002-03 $40,270,000 Portland Trail Blazers $105,203,088 $57,343,827 $47,859,261 Los Angeles Clippers $42,768,280 $57,343,827 $-14,575,547
    2001-02 $42,500,000 New York Knicks $85,457,889 $53,549,450 $31,908,439 Los Angeles Clippers $33,849,932 $53,549,450 $-19,699,518
    2000-01 $35,500,000 Portland Trail Blazers $86,506,144 $51,563,325 $34,942,819 Los Angeles Clippers $29,606,188 $51,563,325 $-21,957,137
    1999-00 $34,000,000 Portland Trail Blazers $73,898,705 $45,105,453 $28,793,252 Los Angeles Clippers $22,489,343 $45,105,453 $-22,616,110
    1998-99 $30,000,000 New York Knicks $69,400,000 $38,050,000 $31,350,000 Chicago Bulls $29,450,000 $38,050,000 $-8,600,000
    1997-98 $26,900,000 Chicago Bulls $61,330,670 $32,708,173 $28,622,497 Los Angeles Clippers $24,493,625 $32,708,173 $-8,214,548
    1996-97 $24,363,000 Chicago Bulls $58,270,000 $28,518,621 $29,751,379 Toronto Raptors $18,630,000 $28,518,621 $-9,888,621
    1995-96 $23,000,000 New York Knicks $43,329,000 $24,974,743 $18,354,257 Toronto Raptors $17,955,000 $24,974,743 $-7,019,743
    1994-95 $15,964,000 Los Angeles Lakers $42,068,300 $22,178,661 $19,889,639 Milwaukee Bucks $16,256,960 $22,178,661 $-5,921,701
    1993-94 $15,175,000 Cleveland Cavaliers $23,700,000 $18,792,593 $4,907,407 Dallas Mavericks $14,300,000 $18,792,593 $-4,492,593
    1992-93 $14,000,000 Boston Celtics $24,998,000 $15,909,259 $9,088,741 Dallas Mavericks $11,459,000 $15,909,259 $-4,450,259
    1991-92 $12,500,000 Boston Celtics $25,343,000 $13,688,222 $11,654,778 Minnesota Timberwolves $10,763,000 $13,688,222 $-2,925,222
    1990-91 $11,871,000 Cleveland Cavaliers $14,473,000 $11,307,667 $3,165,333 Orlando Magic $7,872,000 $11,307,667 $-3,435,667
    1988-89 $7,232,000 Los Angeles Lakers $10,693,860 $6,779,661 $3,914,199 Miami Heat $3,405,000 $6,779,661 $-3,374,661
    1987-88 $6,164,000 Boston Celtics $9,283,833 $6,049,518 $3,234,315 Cleveland Cavaliers $4,282,115 $6,049,518 $-1,767,403
    1985-86 $4,233,000 Los Angeles Lakers $8,579,750 $4,763,070 $3,816,680 Utah Jazz $2,914,500 $4,763,070 $-1,848,570
  • Highest Payrolls arrow_drop_down
    Season Highest
    Payroll Tm
    Payroll
    2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers $126,608,934
    2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers $107,018,938
    2014-15 Brooklyn Nets $88,131,590
    2013-14 Brooklyn Nets $102,816,531
    2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers $99,953,801
    2011-12 Los Angeles Lakers $87,392,955
    2010-11 Los Angeles Lakers $90,432,556
    2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers $91,378,064
    2008-09 New York Knicks $96,643,646
    2007-08 Dallas Mavericks $101,021,688
    2006-07 New York Knicks $117,024,192
    2005-06 New York Knicks $126,610,272
    2004-05 New York Knicks $102,442,544
    2003-04 New York Knicks $89,444,816
    2002-03 Portland Trail Blazers $105,203,088
    2001-02 New York Knicks $85,457,889
    2000-01 Portland Trail Blazers $86,506,144
    1999-00 Portland Trail Blazers $73,898,705
    1998-99 New York Knicks $69,400,000
    1997-98 Chicago Bulls $61,330,670
    1996-97 Chicago Bulls $58,270,000
    1995-96 New York Knicks $43,329,000
    1994-95 Los Angeles Lakers $42,068,300
    1993-94 Cleveland Cavaliers $23,700,000
    1992-93 Boston Celtics $24,998,000
    1991-92 Boston Celtics $25,343,000
    1990-91 Cleveland Cavaliers $14,473,000
    1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers $10,693,860
    1987-88 Boston Celtics $9,283,833
    1985-86 Los Angeles Lakers $8,579,750
  • Lowest Payrolls arrow_drop_down
    Season Lowest
    Payroll Tm
    Payroll
    2016-17 Utah Jazz $80,598,193
    2015-16 Portland Trail Blazers $62,488,858
    2014-15 Philadelphia 76ers $53,545,976
    2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers $53,308,029
    2012-13 Phoenix Suns $53,346,982
    2011-12 Indiana Pacers $43,958,483
    2010-11 Sacramento Kings $44,991,883
    2009-10 Memphis Grizzlies $56,294,399
    2008-09 Memphis Grizzlies $55,093,507
    2007-08 Charlotte Bobcats $52,684,792
    2006-07 Charlotte Bobcats $41,689,161
    2005-06 Charlotte Bobcats $33,458,932
    2004-05 Charlotte Bobcats $23,380,124
    2003-04 Utah Jazz $34,747,676
    2002-03 Los Angeles Clippers $42,768,280
    2001-02 Los Angeles Clippers $33,849,932
    2000-01 Los Angeles Clippers $29,606,188
    1999-00 Los Angeles Clippers $22,489,343
    1998-99 Chicago Bulls $29,450,000
    1997-98 Los Angeles Clippers $24,493,625
    1996-97 Toronto Raptors $18,630,000
    1995-96 Toronto Raptors $17,955,000
    1994-95 Milwaukee Bucks $16,256,960
    1993-94 Dallas Mavericks $14,300,000
    1992-93 Dallas Mavericks $11,459,000
    1991-92 Minnesota Timberwolves $10,763,000
    1990-91 Orlando Magic $7,872,000
    1988-89 Miami Heat $3,405,000
    1987-88 Cleveland Cavaliers $4,282,115
    1985-86 Utah Jazz $2,914,500

Sources: Basketball-Reference, Patricia Bender.

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