Player salaries for Houston Rockets after 2022 NBA draft, free agency

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With each passing week, the Rockets are making it clear that salary cap flexibility in the 2023 offseason is a priority. Based on the team’s current books, the Rockets could theoretically have room to sign or trade for two maximum salaried players in 2023 free agency.

The Rockets traded veteran center Christian Wood without accepting any long-term money in the deal, and they opted to buy out veteran guard John Wall — who was entering the final year of his contract — rather than accept a trade that could have multi-year salaries in the deal. Houston general manager Rafael Stone appears similarly reluctant to accept longer-term salaries in trade talks involving Eric Gordon.

With that in mind, here’s where the roster stands, financially, after the 2022 NBA draft and the initial wave of free agency. Salaries are sorted by each player’s 2022-23 figure, in descending order.

(Note: This roster is larger than it will be in the regular season, since teams can roster up to 20 players in the offseason — as opposed to the usual limit of 15 standard contracts and two two-way contracts during the season. Thus, more roster moves are a certainty by mid-October.)

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Eric Gordon

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Player: Eric Gordon, 6-foot-4 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 33 years old

2022-23 salary: $19.6 million

Future earnings: $20.9 million for 2023-24 (team option)

Jalen Green

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Player: Jalen Green, 6-foot-6 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 20 years old

2022-23 salary: $9.4 million

Future earnings: $9.9 million for 2023-24; $12.5 million for 2024-25 (both team options)

Jabari Smith Jr.

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Player: Jabari Smith Jr., 6-foot-10 forward

Age as of July 31, 2022: 19 years old

2022-23 salary: $8.9 million

Future earnings: $9.3 million for 2023-24; $9.8 million for 2024-25; $12.4 million for 2025-26 (final two seasons are team options)

Jae’Sean Tate

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Player: Jae’Sean Tate, 6-foot-4 forward

Age as of July 31, 2022: 26 years old

2022-23 salary: $7.1 million

Future earnings: $6.5 million for 2023-24; $7.1 million for 2024-25 (final season is a team option)

David Nwaba

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Player: David Nwaba, 6-foot-5 wing

Age as of July 1, 2022: 31 years old

2022-23 salary: $5.0 million

Future earnings: $5.4 million for 2023-24 (team option)

Boban Marjanovic

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Player: Boban Marjanovic, 7-foot-3 center

Age as of July 31, 2022: 33 years old

2022-23 salary: $3.5 million

Future earnings: No additional contract years

Trey Burke

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Player: Trey Burke, 6-foot-0 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 29 years old

2022-23 salary: $3.4 million

Future earnings: No additional contract years

Alperen Sengun

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Player: Alperen Sengun, 6-foot-10 big

Age as of Feb. 15, 2022: 20 years old

2022-23 salary: $3.4 million

Future earnings: $3.5 million for 2023-24; $5.4 million for 2024-25 (both team options)

Tari Eason

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Player: Tari Eason, 6-foot-8 forward

Age as of July 31, 2022: 21 years old

2022-23 salary: $3.4 million

Future earnings: $3.5 million for 2023-24; $3.7 million for 2024-25; $5.6 million for 2025-26 (final two seasons are team options)

Kevin Porter Jr.

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Player: Kevin Porter Jr., 6-foot-4 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 22 years old

2022-23 salary: $3.2 million

Future earnings: $4.8 million qualifying offer for 2023-24, which would make him a restricted free agent in 2023

Sterling Brown

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Player: Sterling Brown, 6-foot-5 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 27 years old

2022-23 salary: $3.0 million

Future earnings: No additional contract years

Usman Garuba

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Player: Usman Garuba, 6-foot-8 forward

Age as of July 31, 2022: 20 years old

2022-23 salary: $2.5 million

Future earnings: $2.6 million for 2023-24; $4.4 million for 2024-25 (final two seasons are team options)

Josh Christopher

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Player: Josh Christopher, 6-foot-5 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 20 years old

2022-23 salary: $2.4 million

Future earnings: $2.5 million for 2023-24; $4.3 million for 2024-25 (final two seasons are team options)

TyTy Washington

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Player: TyTy Washington, 6-foot-3 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 20 years old

2022-23 salary: $2.2 million

Future earnings: $2.3 million for 2023-24; $2.4 million for 2024-25; $4.4 million for 2025-26 (final two seasons are team options)

Marquese Chriss

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Player: Marquese Chriss, 6-foot-10 big

Age as of July 31, 2022: 25 years old

2022-23 salary: $2.2 million

Future earnings: No additional contract years

Garrison Mathews

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Player: Garrison Mathews, 6-foot-5 wing

Age as of July 31, 2022: 25 years old

2022-23 salary: $2.0 million

Future earnings: $2.0 million for 2023-24, $2.2 million for 2024-25 (future seasons are non-guaranteed or team options)

KJ Martin

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Player: KJ Martin, 6-foot-6 forward

Age as of July 31, 2022: 21 years old

2022-23 salary: $1.8 million

Future earnings: $1.9 million for 2023-24

Daishen Nix

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Player: Daishen Nix, 6-foot-4 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 20 years old

2022-23 salary: $1.6 million

Future earnings: $1.8 million for 2023-24, $2.0 million for 2024-25 (final two seasons are team options)

Trevor Hudgins (two-way contract with Rockets, G League)

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Player: Trevor Hudgins, 6-foot-0 guard

Age as of July 31, 2022: 23 years old

2022-23 salary: $508,891 (two-way contract)

Future earnings: $1.8 million qualifying offer for 2023-24, which would make him a restricted free agent in 2023

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