“Dead Cap” refers to salaries paid/cap hits for players that are no longer on the roster. For example, in 2018-2019, the Portland Trail Blazers have the following contracts under the category of dead cap space:
The “dead cap” space will remain the same for 2019-2020, and it will decrease when Ezeli’s contract comes off the books after the 2020 season. Varejao’s contract will come off the book after the 2021 season, and Nicholson will be on the books until the end of the 2023 season.
Salary Cap Numbers provided by: NBA Salary & Roster Sheets
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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