After a stint with Houston, the mercurial guard has now been moved once again, this time to Washington for the next guy on the list. We haven't seen Siakam play consistently elite defense for over a year now. The trade-off with signing Pascal now versus later hasn’t been about 2020 cap space since the Raptors decided to stay competitive as they bridge to the more interesting 2021 summer. Payroll Table Salary ; Player Age 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 Signed Using Guaranteed; Kyle Lowry: 34: $30,000,000: Bird Rights: $30,000,000: Pascal Siakam Each of those four players has Rose Rule language in his contract, however, and could move up to the 30% max column (“7-9 years”) if certain criteria are met. There's two years left on that extension, which paying him an average of almost $36 million. Salary Wizard; Career Rescue; ... 2021 could be a huge year for space. If a player like John Collins opts to sign an offer sheet with a team besides the Hawks next summer, he’ll be limited to a four-year deal projected to be worth just shy of $121M. That fifth year (or, if the starting point is three years plus a fourth year player option, locking in the fourth year) is what the team wants. One time he scored 37 points…in one quarter. Thompson has done some crazy stuff in his career. The second max player they want to sign would command $5.5 million less. Alarms are ringing, but the Raptors have dominated their recent history against the Knicks. This was a deal that made sense for both sides from a risk reduction perspective. Leonard was great, and he helped the Raptors win their first title. The Heat know how to find a gem in the NBA Draft. The 2020 free agent class was pretty underwhelming even before extensions started taking names off the market. Post #82 » by casual_raps_fan » Wed Dec 2, 2020 1:12 am . The first chart shows the maximum salaries for a player re-signing with his own team — a player’s previous club can offer five years instead of four and 8% annual raises instead of 5% raises. That doesn’t mean Middleton isn’t worth the money. He’s an elite passer who can defend all five positions. Nobody would have seen this coming when Siakam was drafted by the Raptors. In 2019-20, Siakam will earn a base salary of $2,351,839 … Miles and Jason Kapono were acquired, is projected at $10.5 million. That 30 percent max is projected at $36.9 million. The maximum salary differs based on a player’s experience in the league. Pascal Siakam is an All-NBA performer but not one who can be the best player on a championship team. Raptors notch first win, beat Knicks 100-83. His first deal he signed was a steal because there were worries about his ankles. Show full articles without "Continue Reading" button for {0} hours. Sign up now ▸, Related slideshow: The 25 highest-paid NBA players (Provided by Yardbarker), Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Sneezed on, cussed at, ignored: Airline workers battle mask resistance with scant government backup, Senate overrides Donald Trump's veto of defense spending bill. When all is said and dude, he will lead the league again in points this year and is going to average comfortably over 30 points...again. The Lehigh alum has averaged over 20 points per game in each of the last four seasons and is also one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA. He signed a five-year extension last year worth $177 million. They’ll also be in their prime, rather than still developing or already declining. Now he has the richest deal in the league. Can they get into the win column before 2020 is up? Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam earned All-NBA second team honours Wednesday. The did hold on to Harris though, which meant he got a deal worth a whopping $36 million per season. 17h ago. So far, Butler has earned his contract on the court, even though his average salary is over $34 million per year. ... Pascal Siakam’s struggles are overshadowing Kyle Lowry’s continued brilliance. Playing in Charlotte, Walker was often overlooked. According to Siegel, Siakam is set to earn $129 million over the next four years if he doesn't make an All-NBA Team or makes the All-NBA Third Team this season. The Raptors current salary cap situation. Here are the the early max-salary projections for 2021-22: A player re-signing with his own team (8% annual raises, up to five years): Year 6 years or less 7-9 years ... Pascal Siakam. With the Raptors giving Lowry a big payday for one year to keep his extension term down, and keeping their free agent signings this summer limited to two years at most (McCaw and Stanley Johnson both got 2020-21 years in their deals), the Raptors’ books in 2021 are still very clean. Technically, we are still in the 2019-20 season, so any trades on the night of the NBA Draft (on October 16) will use slightly differeant salaries. If the cap increases by 10%, the five-year values for these maximum-salary contracts would increase to approximately $174.1M (25%), $208.9M (30%) and $243.7M (35%). Connect with friends faster than ever with the new Facebook app. This was in spite of the fact that — shield your eyes, Curry fans — he was the best player on those Golden State teams. He is owed $19 million in 2022 and $18 million in 2023. Leonard – or another veteran with 10+ years of experience – would be limited to just under $170M over four years if he changes teams as a free agent in 2021. Siakam’s representatives would certainly have been asking for a deal like that in negotiations. For players with 10 or more years of experience, it’s 35%. An updated look at the Toronto Raptors 2021 salary cap table, including team cap space, dead cap figures, and complete breakdowns of player cap hits, salaries, and bonuses. We’ll assume for now the projection is correct and evaluate later what impact the cap dropping could have. But nonetheless, there is a rule (called the fifth year maximum salary criteria) that allows teams to offer their players seeking rookie deal extensions or to re-sign in restricted free agency up to 30 percent of the cap instead of just 25 percent. Here are the the early max-salary projections for 2021-22: A player re-signing with his own team (8% annual raises, up to five years): The “6 years or less” column here is what the new extensions for Tatum, Mitchell, Adebayo and Fox will look like if none of them make All-NBA Teams in 2021. If Victor Oladipo – or another veteran with between seven and nine years of NBA experience – wants to change teams in 2021, he would be able to sign a four-year contract worth up to a projected $145M. The third column also reflects what Kawhi Leonard could get in free agency if he opts out in 2021, though he won’t have full Bird rights yet, preventing him from signing for more than four years. He just signed a brand-new extension with a team that owned his Bird rights, which means Portland could pay him more money than any team could pay a player previously. The real concern for the Raptors was not summer 2020, but summer 2021. The Raptors ended 2021 on a high note, but there is still much to improve upon after a 1-3 start to the season. 7-9 years is 30 percent, and 10+ years is 35 percent. Still, there will always be somebody to tolerate Irving given his ability. Only the home team can offer such a deal. Malcolm Miller, F - under team control through 2019-20. Okay, we’re done with that. Pascal hits free agency at 30, still in his prime, and able to ask for a big contract — potentially including that aforementioned designated veteran extension, as he’ll have eight years of service to his name at that point (oddly, the early 35 percent max is not available to players with nine years of service, even if they are All-NBA talents). That’s a much more unlikely scenario. The two sides appear to have met in a middle ground here: less likely potential payday for Siakam, no fifth year for the Raptors. Plus, he’s normalized “load management” and yet he’s still getting over $34 million per season. Here’s what we’ve learned from the team so far. Game Thread: Toronto Raptors vs. New York Knicks. So, what was the real trade-off then for Toronto? Confusingly, this is not the designated rookie scale extension (which allows for a longer term but not higher pay). A player’s maximum salary is generally determined by his years of NBA experience, so there’s a wide gap between potential earnings for younger and older players. McCollum is forever playing second fiddle to Damian Lillard, who you will see later on this list. And then there is the implied resulting question — do we know Siakam is worth the max right now? Here's what's to come from NASA, Elon Musk, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. So even in that cap crunch scenario, with Pascal’s salary reduced accordingly, the risk associated with that typical 30 percent max salary criteria was just not worth it for the Raptors. Ja Morant taken off in wheelchair after rolling left ankle. Yes, Simmons can’t shoot. Six of those extensions – belonging to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell, Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox – have been maximum-salary deals. AD was dealt to the Lakers where he and LeBron joined forces to win a title. And Pascal’s max is the cheapest tier of maximum salary, and locks him up through his peak years. On paper, that means Siakam and the Raptors will be together until the summer of 2024. It hasn’t worked quite like they expected so far, but that’s the reasoning. 2019 was a banner year for Siakam as he earned the NBA's Most Improved Player award, increasing his scoring from 7.3 points to 16.9 points per game. Even if he never learns to shoot, and he’s still young, he’ll still be a great player in this league. But then if Pascal gets that 30 percent max, once again, it turns into a $5.3 million raise, eating up half of the remaining flexibility the team had managed to hold onto. During the 2018-19 season it was a season-ending heel injury, and then he tore his Achilles tendon at home while recovering from that injury. Most competitive teams pay their top two or even three players the maximum salary available to them. There are also cap holds for guys like Stanley Johnson ($4.9 million) and Patrick McCaw ($7.6 million) but this is my article and I’m not envisioning either on the Raptors two years from now. With all due respect to Harris, a fine player, he’s a perfect example of a guy hitting the market at the right time. Wall was a great player in his prime, but he’s suffered a brutal, cruel run of injury. If his signing salary was 30 percent instead of 25 percent, then his salary in 2021 would have been $37.6 million — a full $6.3 million more than he is currently lined up for. Part of that is his defensive skill. Meanwhile, there’s upside too; maybe Siakam proves he can’t quite carry the load the Raptors are going to give him this year, and they’ve agreed to pay him less. Players as good as Butler rarely move around that much. The 2021 class meanwhile is very deep, and also headlined by a perennial MVP candidate. Unfortunately, this past season he suffered through injuries and played in only 18 games — and there are still a couple of years left on the deal. Chicago will send San Diego payments of $500,000 on the first day of each month from April through September in 2021, offsetting a portion of Darvish's $22 million salary. Beal is a great player, and maybe pairing with a new teammate in Russell Westbrook will work out better for him. With James now 36, Davis is the future of this franchise. It would be difficult to add much 2021-22 salary and still keep all of this alive if the cap stays flat. Maximum salary projections for 2021-22 NBA season, Incredible Blanket Puts Humans In A Deep Sleep, Melting Stress & Anxiety Away, This is a slam dunk if you want a one-card wallet in 2021, New Policy For Cars Used Less Than 49 Miles/Day. He forced his way out of San Antonio, went to Toronto and completely salvaged his reputation. Including the draft picks, that puts Toronto’s committed salary (assuming those contracts and cap holds listed above are kept) at $67.72 million. He has three years and $59 million left on the $126 million, six-year deal he signed with the Cubs before the 2018 season. Some people said Paul’s contract is an albatross. It’s a huge pay difference coming earlier in a player’s career and a way to hold onto drafted talent even longer than the restricted free agency system allows. Player | Salary Pascal Siakam: $31.32MOG Anunoby: $11.62M (cap hold)Norman Powell: $11.62M (player option)Terrence Davis II: $2.06M (cap hold)Dewan Hernandez: $1.78M (unguaranteed)Matt Thomas: $1.78M (unguaranteed)6 empty roster slots: $6.07M. The Raptors have started the 2020-21 season with three straight losses. Yes, he’s lost a step, and he’s likely to lose another before his contract, worth $160 million, is up. If the cap increases by 10%, the four-year values for these maximum-salary contracts would increase to approximately $129.1M (25%), $154.9M (30%) and $180.7M (35%). He is the worst defender of the bunch as it stands. This is part of why the NBA introduced the new designated veteran extension, allowing a team to offer its own free agent with only seven or eight years experience (and a trip to unrestricted free agency coming up) a contract worth 35 percent of the cap. Raptors 2021 Salary Cap Update The Raptors have a lot of players whose contracts either end, or can be be declined, prior to the start of the 2021 offseason. Im not in the majority but id be willing to do a Murray for Siakam … That’s what happens when you are maybe the best shooter in NBA history. After all, he’s 35 and won’t be a free agent until the summer of 2022. https://www.spotrac.com/nba/toronto-raptors/pascal-siakam-20232 The top 10 Toronto Raptors moments from 2020, That’s A Rap #122: Remembering the best Raptors moments of 2020. Although, people will complain about his performance in the playoffs once again. Beyond Siakam’s star-in-the-making talent, his contract extension actually represents a different kind of good decision by the Raptors. $18 million doesn’t buy you what it used to. But that would also drop the cap next year, and therefore drop Pascal’s salary, and drop the values of the minimum salaries, and the rookie scale deals, and the max salaries for any free agents that summer, and so on. Pascal Siakam, F - under team control through 2019-20. He also caught a lot of flak for gunning for a title by joining the Warriors juggernaut. Tatum and Mitchell just have to make any All-NBA Team to bump the total projected value of their extensions from $163M to $195.6M, but Fox would have to make All-NBA First Team and Adebayo would have to win an MVP Award. Durant and Curry were teammates for a minute there, and Durant got a couple of rings. Now Durant is with the Nets…or at least he will be once his Achilles heals. When the NBA confirmed its salary cap data for the 2020-21 season on Nov. 10, the league also updated its cap estimates for future seasons. For players with seven to nine years of experience, that number is 30%. Some thought the Heat would wait to sign Adebayo to a deal to save money for going after Giannis Antetokounmpo. As as been reported, Pascal Siakam is set to sign a $130 million maximum salary extension to stay in Toronto for the next four years, a contract that starts after this coming season. It seems like he's fitting in for once, and he led Miami to the NBA Finals in the bubble. Further to that, let’s now re-examine that scenario we discussed earlier where 15 percent of revenues just disappear and the cap drops by 15 percent to match those lost dollars. However, it seems like the 31-year-old may have finally found his home in Miami. Maybe it’s a little surprising he’s quite this high up the list, but nobody can quibble with his contract. The Blazer is making an average of $44 million per season. Leaving them with $10 million. That very quickly makes that projected $18 million to sign one or two players go from a reasonable amount that might be enough to hold onto a key player or a couple solid depth pieces, to an amount ($12 million) likely not enough for either of those things. You’ll notice his name is not listed above — he’s a free agent this coming summer and if the Raptors want him, or any of the other incumbents not listed above, to be on the team in 2021 they’ll need to re-sign him in a shallow free agent market and eat into that cap space. However, he has since been traded to the Pistons. Any player with six or fewer seasons can make up to 25 percent of the cap. Well, there is a similar rule for players who are getting their rookie deal extensions (like Pascal). While the Kings haven't won much with Fox as their starting point guard, he just averaged over 20 points per game for the first time in his career. Lillard is deserving of it. Siakam was two assists shy from recording his first triple-double of the season. Siakam was drafted by the Raptors with the 27th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2016 draft. Fox is known for his speed, and the Kings will be hoping the speed stays with him as he gets older. Denver would certainly not be adding picks and valuable vets to it if they even wanted to make the trade. Each of the next four names, Tatum included, have signed five year contracts worth a little over $163 million, or about $32.6 million in annual cash. But generally, there is a tradeoff. Let’s review all the numbers. That's a lot of money for a 36-year-old, but LeBron isn't your average 36-year-old. They all happen to be guys who just signed max deals off of their rookie deals. On the other hand, he’s still an All-Star-level player, which is why the Suns were willing to trade for him. Pascal is locked into a very big payday for a term that guarantees him security and also lines him up to receive an even bigger payday, having not even stepped on the court this season. New York Knicks Receive: Andre Drummond ($28.75M 2020-21 Salary). But what does this have to do with Pascal’s extension? Every NBA regular is well paid, but some guys are bringing home the bacon big time. Players are only eligible for this if they win Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, or make one of the All-NBA teams. Then he took over the offseason by signing with the Clippers and getting Paul George to join him. There have been murmurs of Harden's desire to be traded, but for now he is in Houston on a four-year, $171-million contract. For now, we’re basing our maximum-salary estimates on a 3% increase from this year’s $109,140,000 salary cap, since the NBA is facing probable revenue losses in 2020-21 and seems unlikely to bump the cap too substantially next season. But keep in mind, this is a projected cap where the Mid-Level Exception (MLE), whereby such elites as C.J. He signed a $137-million contract extension last year. But the impact of avoiding that potential pay raise is actually far larger than the small amount I was hoping to save, so I am fully behind this safer play. ... How Miami still has cap space for Giannis in 2021. It takes money to afford a veteran who is a future Hall of Famer. Here is the updated 2021 NFL Draft order following the events of Week 16. Kawhi has played things pretty perfectly. We now arrive at the highest-paid player in the NBA. January 1, 2021 January 1, 2021. All in the Raptors would lose out on about $8 million of that $18 million in cap room they are projected to have now. Also, teams have the option to offer that 30 percent as an incentive that is narrower than the rule requires. So you can see why the Raptors would not want to risk that outcome unless he’s legitimately an MVP candidate or close to it at that point. A second-round pick who was once an afterthought in a trade, he’s turned into one of the best players in the league. He's a dynamic scorer who has averaged over 20 points per contest in all four seasons of his career. Antetokounmpo fits that bill, so his deal is worth a projected $228.2M. Curry is the first player on this list averaging over $40 million a season. MPJ+ salary filler for Siakam is more than enough value wise. Kyrie is polarizing, both in his play and in his personality. Fox and Adebayo can earn “max” salaries above 25% but below 30% if they achieve certain other criteria. Mitchell just made his first All-Star team in 2020, and it likely won't be his last. And yet he was an All-Star in his last three seasons with the Hornets and then did it again in his first season with the Celtics, his current team. According to the NBA, the cap will increase by at least 3% per year and no more than 10% per year for the remainder of the current collective bargaining agreement. He’s making the max. That leaves the Raptors with $18.38 million in cap room to spend on one more player, or a little more than that if they want to split it up between multiple players. People seem to think that it is inevitable that Beal will leave Washington eventually, and he was talked about as a trade target before signing his new deal, worth around $127 million. Sure, Westbrook can’t shoot threes, but he knows how to get buckets and earn his average salary of $41 million. None of that interests me here. He’s led the league in points per game the last three seasons, including averaging a staggering 36.1 points per game last year. 8/5/21 — Paul Watson’s $1,701,593 guarantees for 2021-22 (three days after the starts of the moratorium). Remember up above when we were talking about how much cap space the Raptors projected to have, and it was well above what they could offer even a 10+ year veteran? Pascal’s salary would drop by $4.7 million. A win is a win, but last night did little to dispel the concerns of Raptors fans in this young season. You may not like the way the Beard plays, but you can’t argue with results. Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Riley working his magic! The third column applies not just to players with 10+ years of experience, but also to players who meet the Designated Veteran Extension criteria. He will make $35 million this season. Is the Cleveland Cavaliers playoffs hype for real after hot 2020-21 start? Waiting would let them keep his small cap hold on the books and try to use the extra cap space, before using his Bird Rights to sign him and exceed the cap. Here are some takeaways from the letdown in Philly. Curry is not a stalwart on that end, but Thompson has made the All-Defense Second Team once. 3 Lessons: On Matt and Leo, hustle woes, and Lowry’s impact. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. As a rookie in 2016, Siakam signed a four-year, $6 million contract and has earned about $4 million over his first three seasons. Listed below are the early maximum-salary projections for 2021-22, based on a $112,414,200 cap. Yes, he’s extremely hesitant to shoot threes. Earlier in the fall I had proposed the Raptors should try to get Pascal to shave a couple million off his max salary to free up a little more wiggle room in 2021. Plenty will be written about how the Raptors punted on cap room in 2020 to sign him now, rather than wait for next summer. So let’s set that aside for one max salary signing and clear off a $1 million cap hold. Which is exactly what happened with the Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray deals — they signed full 5-year extensions for $170 million dollars — but if they make an All-NBA team this year, they will actually end up getting over $200 million over the length of their deals. The salary cap is currently projected at $123 million. Wall has not returned to the court since December 2018, but he’s still getting paid a ton of cash, nearly $43 million. Below is a list of the players whose contracts are guaranteed in 2021, along with their cap holds. And in a cap crunch world where the cap is suddenly dropping, that’s still a little over the MLE and might be able to keep them one key piece if the market is crunched enough. Harden’s basketball philosophy melded perfectly with Houston's, but will that still be true with a new head coach and GM in place? Instead, Miami signed their young forward to a deal worth $32.6 million annually. They’ll want a 7-9 year veteran (30 percent of the cap), as those players will be unrestricted free agents, and won’t have a prior team that can match any offer. But back to the impact of potentially giving Siakam that more likely opportunity to get 30 percent next summer. Speaking of the Clippers, Griffin signed his hefty contract, worth $171 million, with L.A. Figures are via Spotrac and include extensions that have not yet kicked in. And so on. ... does trading Siakam (and Powell for salary matching purposes) for Harden make the Raptors … Of course, the team is kind of losing that bet too, because they’d far rather he be worth the max, right? And players can sign extensions for 30 percent of the cap on the condition they make the team in the upcoming season (which will default to 25 percent if they don’t). The Raptors lock in their young star long term, with no option years to worry about, and cap his earnings at a number they project to be able to fit, without risking a great performance from Siakam further increasing his cost to the team, unless he really does launch himself into Kawhi Leonard-esque heights — an outcome the team would surely be delighted with. You may quibble with how Davis got himself out of New Orleans, but the results were just what the Brow wanted. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. Is there a chance he’s not, and this is an overpay? Although a handful of big-money free agent contracts were completed during the offseason, the majority of the most lucrative deals signed by NBA players in 2020 have been contract extensions. Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: Julius Randle ($18.9M), Frank Ntilikina ($6.1M), DET 2021 2nd Round Pick (via NYK), CHA 2021 2nd Round Pick (via NYK) This would be the best thing that could happen to the New York Knicks this offseason. Hey, he's only 22, so he'll still be in his prime when this deal is over. In fact, in his rookie season he spent time in the G League. He signed a five-year, $190 million deal a couple years ago, but unfortunately has been hit horrifically by the injury bug. That is mitigated to some degree by a few contracts dropping in value. He’s never been an All-Star and has averaged 20 points per game only once in his career. The second chart shows the maximum salaries for a player signing with a new team. He’s an elite shooter and scorer who has made four All-NBA teams already. 11 mins read. Toronto's entire appeal is based on … In a world where the cap is well above $100 million, those percentage points can be huge. Subscribe to Stathead , the set of tools used by the pros, to unearth this and other interesting factoids. There is a reason he’s basically been drummed out of two towns, and he hasn’t exactly gotten along great with his teammates in Brooklyn. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the salary-cap projection for 2021-22 was $125 million. 15 FGA) in an NBA Finals game? PG, who will make $34 million this year, signed his deal with the Thunder but has since been traded to the Clippers (at Kawhi Leonard’s behest). He's also the owner of a new contract for five years and almost $190 million. The team was clearly not intending to use cap space in any meaningful way as soon as they extended Lowry for one additional year after this one. Sure, that’s because Giannis is on his rookie deal still, and there are questions if the Bucks will be able to afford to re-sign him. Emailed daily. Always free! However, he was a free agent last summer, and the 76ers knew they couldn’t keep everybody. 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