Outstanding NBA Trade Exceptions

Hoops Rumors’ up-to-date list of traded player exceptions is below. These are salary cap exceptions teams can use to acquire one or more players whose salaries are no greater than the amount of the exception plus $100K. Trade exceptions cannot be combined or used to sign a free agent, and expire after one year. For more information on traded player exceptions, check out Hoops Rumors’ glossary entry.

The amount of the exception, the deal in which it was obtained, and the expiration date are listed below. If a team has used a portion of an exception, that is also indicated. If you have any corrections or omissions, please contact us.

List updated 11-12-18

Boston Celtics

Amount: $450,000
Obtained: Abdel Nader (Thunder)
Expires: 7/23/19

Charlotte Hornets

Amount: $88,555
Obtained: Johnny O’Bryant (Knicks)
Expires: 2/7/19

Amount: $7,819,725
Obtained: Dwight Howard (Nets)
Expires: 7/6/19

Cleveland Cavaliers

Amount: $1,471,382
Obtained: Dwyane Wade (Heat)
Expires: 2/8/19

Denver Nuggets

Amount: $12,800,562
Obtained: Wilson Chandler (Sixers)
Expires: 7/8/19

Amount: $13,764,045
Obtained: Kenneth Faried (Nets)
Expires: 7/15/19

Amount: $5,919,961
Obtained: Darrell Arthur (Nets)
Expires: 7/15/19

Detroit Pistons

Amount: $7,000,000
Obtained: Boban Marjanovic (Clippers)
Expires: 1/29/19

Amount: $1,471,382
Obtained: Willie Reed (Bulls)
Expires: 2/8/19

Amount: $1,331,160
Obtained: Brice Johnson (Grizzlies)
Expires: 2/8/19

Houston Rockets

Amount: $1,544,951
Obtained: Chinanu Onuaku (Mavericks)
Expires: 8/2/19

Amount: $2,584,136
Obtained: Ryan Anderson (Suns)
Expires: 9/2/19

Los Angeles Clippers

Amount: $1,471,382
Obtained: Willie Reed (Pistons)
Expires: 1/29/19

Amount: $1,331,160
Obtained: Brice Johnson (Pistons)
Expires: 1/29/19

Amount: $2,760,095
Obtained: Sam Dekker (Cavaliers)
Expires: 8/7/19

Amount: $849,126
Obtained: Wesley Johnson (Pelicans)
Expires: 10/15/19

Memphis Grizzlies

Amount: $1,697,250
Obtained: James Ennis (Pistons)
Initial amount: $3,028,410
Used: Brice Johnson ($1,331,160)
Expires: 2/8/19

Amount: $1,544,951
Obtained: Deyonta Davis (Kings)
Expires: 7/17/19

Amount: $2,416,222
Obtained: Jarell Martin (Magic)
Expires: 7/23/19

Miami Heat

Amount: $1,312,611
Obtained: Okaro White (Hawks)
Expires: 2/8/19

Milwaukee Bucks

Amount: $1,889,040
Obtained: Rashad Vaughn (Nets)
Expires: 2/5/19

Minnesota Timberwolves

Amount: $2,667,600
Obtained: Justin Patton (Sixers)
Expires: 11/12/19

New Orleans Pelicans

Amount: $1,471,382
Obtained: Tony Allen (Bulls)
Expires: 2/1/19

Amount: $1,429,818
Obtained: Jameer Nelson (Bulls)
Expires: 2/1/19

Amount: $2,300,000
Obtained: Dante Cunningham (Nets)
Expires: 2/8/19

New York Knicks

Amount: $1,435,750
Obtained: Willy Hernangomez (Hornets)
Expires: 2/7/19

Oklahoma City Thunder

Amount: $10,883,189
Obtained: Carmelo Anthony (Hawks)
Expires: 7/25/19

Philadelphia 76ers

Amount: $2,526,840
Obtained: Dario Saric (Timberwolves)
Expires: 11/12/19

Portland Trail Blazers

Amount: $3,505,233
Obtained: Noah Vonleh (Bulls)
Expires: 2/8/19

Toronto Raptors

Amount: $2,451,225
Obtained: Bruno Caboclo (Kings)
Expires: 2/8/19

Amount: $2,947,320
Obtained: Jakob Poeltl (Spurs)
Expires: 7/18/19

Utah Jazz

Amount: $3,708,883
Obtained: Joe Johnson (Kings)
Expires: 2/8/19

Amount: $2,386,864
Obtained: Rodney Hood (Cavaliers)
Expires: 2/8/19

Washington Wizards

Amount: $1,312,611
Obtained: Sheldon Mac (Hawks)
Expires: 2/8/19

Amount: $957,609
Obtained: Marcin Gortat (Clippers)
Expires: 6/26/19

Amount: $3,454,500
Obtained: Jodie Meeks (Bucks)
Expires: 10/15/19

Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this list.

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11 thoughts on “Outstanding NBA Trade Exceptions

  1. rxbrgr

    Basketball Insiders has the Bulls with a $1,074,720 trade exception for Marquis Teague. Not a huge difference but it makes their exception at least usable…

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    • HoopsRumors

      Yeah, I checked around, and it looks like that’s indeed the amount. There are some differences among the different reputable sites on some of these, but it seems they’re in agreement here. Thanks!

      –Chuck

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  2. rxbrgr

    I think the Kings’ TPE for Thomas was reduced by $3m from the Terry/Gee trade. Or did they use a different exception to absorb Gee?

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    • HoopsRumors

      It sure was, thanks for the catch! I’d thought they’d matched salaries in that trade, but instead they put Gee into the Thomas exception and Hopson into the Thornton exception, allowing them to create an exception equivalent to Jason Terry’s salary.

      –Chuck

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  3. Read on Twitter Knicks no longer have exceptions because they got under the cap. Can you clarify, reading this list makes me think otherwise.

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    • Chuck Myron

      They will almost certainly cease to have their trade exceptions soon after the July Moratorium, but for now, since there’s not yet a known cap figure to go under, and since they haven’t renounced any of their cap holds nor any of these exceptions, they technically still have them. Hope this helps!

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    • They have them from Melo trade (2.3 or so) and WH trade (1.4 or so). They’ll last until the 1 year anniversaries of those deals. Using cap space will vitiate all exceptions (not just the TPEs). But merely having it does not, although that’s largely irrelevant because IF a team is otherwise under the “cap” (after renouncing cap holds) then “cap space” is computed after deducting all FA exceptions (MLE, BAE, TPEs and DPEs) available to that team, similar to deducting “cap holds” to the point renounced. So, any team under the cap after un-renounced cap holds can elect to use cap space (by renouncing those exceptions) or operating over the cap and use those exceptions. It’s a choice. Traditionally, unless you had substantial cap space in excess of the MLE, you would use the MLE and keep the other exceptions like TPEs, and, as important your cap holds, in place (the latter last forever until renounced).

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  4. rxbrgr

    Can you explain how the trade exception for Markieff Morris came to be? It appears the trade for him with WAS was a simultaneous trade from both directions, and I thought trade exceptions could only be created with non-simultaneous trades?

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    • Chuck Myron

      You can gain a trade exception worth a player’s partial salary if you don’t aggregate that salary with anyone else’s. The salaries for Humphries and Blair added up to $1.56MM less than the Morris salary, allowing the exception for the difference.

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  5. I know it’s because of the rising cap, but this has to be an all-time low for trade exceptions, right? It’s pretty much just the Cavs, and only Varejao’s is of any real significance.

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    • Luke Adams

      Yeah, I’m not sure of the exact numbers, and I don’t know if there’s a way to go back and find out, but this is definitely the fewest TPEs I can recall seeing at a given time since Hoops Rumors launched (and probably well before that).

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