Salary guarantee dates for Raptors and Bonga’s Dekker pushed back to November 6
Raptors forward Sam dekker and Isaac bonga won places on the opening night team roster, but their minimum wages will not yet be fully guaranteed. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks (Twitter link), both players have agreed to extend their salary guarantee dates to November 6. Both contracts were originally due to be guaranteed today.
Players with unsecured contracts are typically paid by the day until their guaranteed date, but Dekker has a partial guarantee of $ 350,000 on his full season salary of $ 1,789,256, while Dekker’s salary is $ 1,789,256. Bonga’s $ 1,729,217 includes a partial guarantee of $ 200,000. This means that Bonga’s first 20 days of the season are already covered by his partial warranty, while Dekker’s partial warranty covers the first 35 days of the season.
It may not be a coincidence that November 6 is the 19th day of the NBA season, which means the Raptors won’t be forced to pay extra money for Dekker or Bonga until then. If either player is waived on November 6, they will still be owed the amount of their partial guarantee. Essentially, Toronto is extending the competition for 14th place on the roster for a few more weeks.
The Raptors may choose to keep the two Dekkers and Bonga beyond November 6, fully guaranteeing their two salaries for 2021/22. However, that seems somewhat unlikely, as it would put the team above the tax line, as Marks notes (via Twitter).
Additionally, as Sportsnet.ca’s Michael Grange points out (via Twitter), the Raptors hope to have a healthier squad by early November. Yuta Watanabe (veal) and Chris Boucher (finger) can be back by then, with Pascal Siakam (shoulder) getting closer to a return. This would reduce the need to carry a 15th man.
Dekker, a 2015 first-round pick who has been out of the NBA since the end of the 2018/19 season, spent time in Russia and Turkey before getting an opportunity with Toronto. Bonga signed with the Raptors this summer after spending his first three seasons with the Lakers and Wizards. He started 49 games for Washington in 2019/20, but saw his role drastically reduced last season.