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Updated through the end of the 2003-04 NBA season. No further information or changes will take place until the summer of 2004.

NBA $1 million exception  
Season Amount
1998-99 $1.0 million
1999-2000 $1.1 million
2000-01 $1.2 million
2001-02 $1.3 million
2002-03 $1.4 million
2003-04 $1.5 million
*2004-05 $1.6 million
*(if current CBA is extended)  

NBA Mid-Level exception  
Season Amount
1998-99 $1.75 million
1999-2000 $2.0 million
2000-01 $2.25 million
2001-02 $4.538 million
2002-03 $4.546 million
2003-04 $4.917 million
2004-05 Not known yet

MORE NBA SALARY CAP EXCEPTIONS

(1) Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (“Bird”) Exception. A team may re-sign its own free agent for any amount up to the maximum player salary if he played for the team for some or all of each of the prior three consecutive seasons (or, if he changed teams, he did so by trade).

(2) Early Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (“Early Bird”) Exception. A team may re-sign its own free agent for the greater of (a) 175% of the player’s salary in the last season of his prior contract, or (b) the average player salary, if he played for the team for some or all of each of the prior two consecutive seasons (or, if he changed teams, he did so by trade). A contract signed using the Early Bird Exception must be for at least two seasons.

(3) Non-Qualifying Veteran Free Agent (“Non-Bird”) Exception. A team may re-sign its own free agent who is neither a “Bird” nor an “Early Bird” player for up to the greater of (a) 120% of the player’s salary in the last season of his prior contract, (b) 120% of the player’s minimum salary for the current season, or (c) if the player is a Restricted Free Agent, his Qualifying Offer amount.

(4) Disabled Player Exception. A team may replace a player who suffers a season-ending injury with one player making up to 50% of the injured player’s current salary, up to a maximum of the average player salary. The Disabled Player Exception is available in the following circumstances:

(a) If the player is injured between July 1 and November 30 and is determined to be out for that season, the team has 45 days to use the Exception; or

(b) If the player is injured between December 1 and June 30 and is determined to be out for the subsequent season, the team has until the following October 1 to use the Exception.







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