1. Aron Baynes and the Boston Celtics
Aron Baynes signed a contract with the Boston Celtics on July 19, 2017 for 1 year/$4,328,000 using cap room.
Aron Baynes qualifies for the Non-Bird exception because he spent one (and only one) full season with the Boston Celtics without being waived or changing teams as a free agent.
Thus, Boston is able to sign him to the greater of the following options:
Baynes is eligible to sign up to 4 years with 5% raises over the first year of the deal. His new contract is as follows:
By signing Baynes with his Non-Bird Rights, the Celtics can sign him over the Salary Cap and also maintain full access to their Non-Taxpayer MLE valued at $8.6M.
2. Luke Kornet and the New York Knicks
Luke Kornet is coming off a 1-year Two-Way contract with the New York Knicks. He joined the Knicks in the offseason of 2017, meaning he has acquired exactly one full year of service with NYK. As such, he is eligible for the Non-Bird Exception.
For a 1YOS veteran, the 2018-2019 minimum salary is $1,349,383.00, which raises to $1,619,259 with the 120% increase due to Non-Bird Exception.
While Kornet is eligible for four years, he inked for 1 year @ $1.6M with the NYK.
Historical Example: 2017 Nene and the Houston Rockets
Another example came in the offseason of 2017 when the Rockets signed Nene to a 3 year/$11 million contract using his Non-Bird Rights. In 2016, Houston signed Nene to a 1 year/$2.8 million deal using cap room. Thus, when the offseason of 2017 rolled around, he was a free agent having played the previous full season only with the Rockets (without being waived or traded). Just like Aron, his greatest contract value was 120% of his 2016-2017 salary. The numbers are as follows:
Nene’s deal previously included a 4th year at $3.9M, bringing his total to 4 years/$15M, but the 2017 CBA calls for the new “Over-38 Rule.” As such, Nene cannot sign a contract greater than three years if it extends to or past his 38th birthday. When Nene signed the deal with Houston in the summer of 2017, he was 34 and the deal would violate this rule. Thus, he finalized at 3 years/$11M deal with the Rockets using Non-Bird Rights.
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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