Additions: G/F Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, G/F Abdel Nader, F/C Nerlens Noel, and G Dennis Schröder
Luwawu-Cabarrot and Schröder were acquired in the OKC-ATL-PHI trade for Carmelo Anthony, while Nader was acquired in a trade with Boston (for brief Thunder member Rodney Purvis). Noel joined in free agency on a minimum contract.
Departures: F Carmelo Anthony, F Corey Brewer, F/C Nick Collison, F Josh Huestis, and C Dakari Johnson
The biggest offseason departure involved the trading of F Carmelo Anthony one year after he joined the Thunder. Collison retired, Huestis left after his contract expired, and Johnson was shipped to Orlando with cash.
The Thunder have 15 players under contract for the upcoming season. As it stands, their roster is complete for the upcoming season. However, SF Kyle Singler is a prime candidate to be waived. His $4.97M salary could be stretched across five seasons at roughly $1.0M per season or they could pay it outright this year as dead cap. Waiving Singler would take the Thunder to roughly $20.9M above the tax, saving them about $24M in luxury tax penalties. Because Singler’s salary is fully non-guaranteed for 2019-2020, they would owe him none of that money by waiving him now.
If they were to waive Singler, they would have an open roster spot. They would only be able to sign a player with the minimum salary exception, which is available to all teams independent of their cap and tax standing.
Salary Cap Status:
The Thunder currently have 15 players under contract for 2018-2019. They are on the books for $149.6M in salaries in 2018-2019. That puts them $47.7M above the cap, $25.5M above the luxury tax, and $19.8M above the tax apron. They will be paying $93.1M in luxury tax penalties as it stands now.
The Thunder have access to their full $5.337M Taxpayer-MLE.
Because they are over the tax apron, the Thunder no longer have access to their Bi-Annual Exception.
Training Camp Status:
Every NBA team can carry up to 5 additional players on their roster for offseason training camp, bringing the roster total up to 20. The Thunder currently have four remaining open spots for training camp.
G/F Deonte Burton will be at camp, likely alongside 2018 2nd round draft picks G Devon Hall and F Kevin Hervey. Other 2018 Summer League Standouts Rashawn Thomas, Daniel Hamilton, and PJ Dozier have all signed contracts elsewhere.
G/F Deonte Burton is the first two-way contract for OKC this year. They have one remaining spot available to start the season.
Two-Way contract salaries do not count against the cap and luxury tax in-season.
2019 Draft Notes:
The Thunder have the following picks for 2019:
OKC 1st Round Pick
The Thunder will send their 2019 2nd Round Pick to Charlotte as part of the trade for G/F Hamidou Diallo.
G-League Standing: OKC Blue
Standout G Markel Brown (17.4 ppg, 2.5 apg, 4.4 rpg, and 1.4 spg on a 46/36/79 split in 22 games) has signed a contract to play in Europe. G Daniel Hamilton (16.1 ppg, 7.8 apg, 9.0 rpg, and 1.2 spg on a 40/28/81 split) has signed with the Atlanta Hawks.
SF Myke Henry (15.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, and 1.9 spg on a 52/36/75 split in 27 games with OKC Blue) has been released by the Grizzlies. He is available for training camp with OKC.
G Bryce Alford (15.5 ppg, 2.0 apg on a 41/41/79 split in 50 games) was recently with Russell Westbrook and other Thunder members at UCLA.
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Cap #s 2018 - 2019
Salary Cap: $101.869M
Lux. Tax: $123.733M
Tax Apron: $129.827M
Tax Floor: $91.682M
Room MLE: $4.45M