|Players||2014-2015 Salary||2015-2016 Salary||Status||Contract Details|
|Jamal Crawford||$5,450,000||$5,675,000||Non-Guaranteed||$1.5 million guaranteed|
|Matt Barnes||$3,396,250||$3,542,500||Non-Guaranteed||$1 million guaranteed|
|Jordan Hamilton||$150,591||$1,015,421||Non-Guaranteed||Can't be traded till 6/20; none guaranteed|
|Lester Hudson||$27,887||$1,015,421||Non-Guaranteed||Waive on or by 7/15; Can't be traded till 7/11; none guaranteed|
|DeAndre Jordan||$11,440,123||$17,160,184.5 (cap hold)||Unrestricted Free Agent||Full Bird Rights|
|Austin Rivers||$2,439,840||$3,110,796 (cap hold)||Unrestricted Free Agent||Limited Bird Rights|
|Glen Davis||$915,243||$1,189,815.9 (cap hold)||Unrestricted Free Agent||Early Bird Rights|
|Hedo Turkoglu||$915,243||$1,189,815.9 (cap hold)||Unrestricted Free Agent||Early Bird Rights|
|Ekpe Udoh||$915,243||$1,098,291.6 (cap hold)||Unrestricted Free Agent||Non-Bird Rights|
|Dahntay Jones||$387,632||$465,158.4 (cap hold)||Unrestricted Free Agent||Non-Bird Rights|
|Jordan Farmar||$1,764,701||$510,922||Unrestricted Free Agent||Stretched|
|Carlos Delfino||$650,000||$650,000||Unrestricted Free Agent||Stretched|
|Miroslav Raduljica||$252,042||$252,042||Unrestricted Free Agent||Stretched|
|Jared Cunningham||$915,243||Unrestricted Free Agent||Trade Exception|
|2015-2016 Guaranteed Salary||$58,077,790||Only guaranteed dollars|
|2015-2016 Inclusive Salary||$66,826,132||Including non-guaranteed dollars|
|2015-2016 Held Salary||$91,040,194.3||Including non-guaranteed and cap holds|
The projected salary cap for the 2015-2016 season is about $67.4 million. This means the luxury tax line will be set at about $82 million and the apron set at $86 million.
Barring any trades, this means that the most salary cap room the Clippers could manufacture this offseason would be about $5.6 million, but that would mean letting every unrestricted free agent walk, cutting all the non-guaranteed players, and replacing them with all minimum rookie contracts.
Cap-Holds: The way that a cap hold works is that when calculating a team's salary cap, it serves as a type of placeholder for a team's own free agents. The cap hold is an estimated amount of salary for those players in the upcoming season. The way that a cap hold disappears is if that player signs with his prior team, his new salary replaces the hold, signs with a new team, the hold goes away completely, or the team renounces the free agent, thus losing his bird rights (more on this later). However until a cap hold disappears, a team has to take that hold into account when calculating team salary in signing free agents. Cap holds also are placed until a team reaches the minimum roster requirements.
Non-Guaranteed Salary: In the case of Jamal and Barnes, the teams has the option to either pick up their whole salary for this next year, or instead to cut them and only have a part of their salaries counting toward their salary cap. So if the Clippers did not want to keep Jamal next season and cut him, only $1.5 million would count toward their cap instead of the $5,675,000 he would make if they guarantee his contract. If they cut Barnes, they would only have a $1 million dollar cap hit instead of his $3,542,500. The Clippers can cut both Lester Hudson and Jordan Hamilton without owing them any money for next year.
Bird Rights: A type of exception that allow teams to exceed the salary cap in order to resign their own veteran free agents. There are different types of Bird Rights and these are the basics of them:
- Non-Bird Rights (Non-Qualifying Veteran Free Agents): A player that ends the season with a team, having only one year of experience without clearing waivers or changing teams as a free agent. Non-Bird players can be resigned for up to 120% of their previous salary, or 120% of the minimum. The Clippers have non-bird rights on Udoh and Jones, meaning they could offer them contract from the minimum up to about $1,098,292
- Early-Bird Rights (Early Qualifying Veteran Free Agents): A player that has played two seasons without clearing waivers or changing teams as a free agent. The team can offer this player the greater of 175% of his previous salary or 104.5% of the league average salary in the previous season. The Clippers have Early-Bird rights for Big Baby and H3do, so they could offer them anything from the minimum up to about $5.6 million.
- Bird Rights (Qualifying Veteran Free Agents): A player that has played three seasons without clearing waivers or changing teams as a free agent. The team can offer this player up to his maximum salary. The Clippers have Jordan's Bird Rights, so they can offer him from the minimum up to a full max contract next year starting at about $19 million.
- Limited Bird Rights: If the team does not choose to pick up a rookie player's 4th year option, then the team can only resign that player with bird rights with the first year being no greater than that 4th year. See the New Orleans Pelicans declining Austin River's fourth year contract. He was then traded to the Celtics, then to the Clippers, with his Bird Rights remaining intact as he wasn't didn't clear waivers or changed teams a free agent. Thus, the Clippers have Doogie's Bird Rights to resign him, but it is limited in the first year by the declined fourth year's salary so they can offer him the minimum up to a max of $3,110,796.
- Taxpayer mid-level exception: 3.376 million, can be used on any player or split between two players. The Clippers can use this despite being over the cap and tax lines.
- Minimum exception: the Clippers can exceed the cap to sign any player for the league minimum
- Rookie exception: if the Clippers acquire a draft pick, they can exceed the cap to sign their own rookie
- Non-bird rights: Slightly over the min to retain Udoh and Jones. It's unlikely that this will provide much of a help.
- Early-bird rights: Allow the Clippers to pay Davis and Turkoglu up to about $5.6 million for a minimum of two years. While neither is worth that number and Turkoglu is only a minimum-value player, Davis could be worth slightly more than the minimum to other teams seeking solid veteran backups, and the Clippers would likely do worse than Davis if left to only the minimum at backup PF.
- Limited bird rights: The Clippers can give Austin Rivers up to $3.1m, which will allow them to keep a young, athletic guard who will give them more than they'd get elsewhere for the minimum.
- Bird Rights: Allow the Clippers to max out DeAndre Jordan, which is kind of the biggest thing that will happen this summer.