The NBA is set to release its 2017-18 luxury tax roster this week, with the first five players eligible for the tax in the first week of July.
Among the notable additions to the roster are five players who are on a guaranteed deal, including center Al Jefferson and forward James Ennis, who both signed a $15.6 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans in July.
Jefferson, a two-time All-Star, has earned $7.8 million in 2017-2018 with the Pelicans, who are now $4.8 billion over the salary cap.
Ennis, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, is set for an average annual salary of $8.8 in 2018-19.
Jefferys deal also includes a $1.9 million player option in 2021-22 for $731,744.
That number includes a guarantee of $6 million for Ennis and $4 million for Jefferson.
Jefferson, a four-time all-star, will make $10.2 million in 2018.
The new luxury tax will be introduced for the first time on July 1.
That means it’s set to be a significant jump from the current tax rate, which was only raised to 40 percent in 2019-20.
The NBA’s first luxury tax release is expected to occur on Wednesday.