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2014-15 NBA Trade Kickers

Which players have a trade kicker for the 2014-15 NBA season? Eric Pincus takes a look at the 34 players.

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On occasion, teams give players a bonus in their contract, which triggers only when the player is traded.

Currently 34 players have trade kickers, ranging from $600,000 to a maximum of 15 percent of the remaining contract.

It is the team trading away the player that is responsible for paying the bonus — unless the contract was signed prior to the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement (Toronto Raptors’ Amir Johnson and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Anderson Varejao), which is then paid by the acquiring franchise.

Players will not receive their bonus if they are already over the NBA’s maximum salary.  For example, should the Utah Jazz choose to trade Gordon Hayward, who was recently signed to a maximum salary for the 2014-15 season at $14.75 million, his 15 percent trade kicker would have no effect.  Hayward, like most free agents signed this summer, cannot be traded until December 15 and isn’t likely to be dealt at all this season.

Chandler Parsons, of the Dallas Mavericks, received a near maximum contract at $14.70 million.  While he also has a 15 percent trade bonus in his contract, he would only receive $46,000 (technically $92,000 over two seasons), which would push him up to the max in 2014-15.

Meanwhile, a player like Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers would earn his full 15 percent kicker if dealt, increasing his salary from $9.70 million to $11.16 million.

The following players have trade kickers in their contracts:

Team Player Bonus Limit Notes
Atlanta Hawks Jeff Teague 10%
Brooklyn Nets Brook Lopez 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
Brooklyn Nets Bojan Bogdanovic 15%
Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
Chicago Bulls Pau Gasol 15%
Chicago Bulls Kirk Hinrich 15%
Chicago Bulls Nikola Mirotic 15%
Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
Cleveland Cavaliers Anderson Varejao 5% Incoming team pays bonus
Cleveland Cavaliers Mike Miller 15%
Dallas Mavericks Chandler Parsons 15% $46k in 2014/15 Near max
Golden State Warriors Andre Iguodala 15%
Houston Rockets Dwight Howard 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
Indiana Pacers Roy Hibbert 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
L.A. Clippers Blake Griffin 15% $21k in 2014/15 Near max
L.A. Clippers Chris Paul 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
L.A. Clippers DeAndre Jordan 15%
L.A. Clippers J.J. Redick 15%
L.A. Clippers Spencer Hawes 15%
L.A. Lakers Kobe Bryant 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
L.A. Lakers Steve Nash 15%
Memphis Grizzlies Vince Carter 15%
Miami HEAT Luol Deng 15%
New Orleans Pelicans Eric Gordon 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
New Orleans Pelicans Tyreke Evans 15% $1,000,000
New York Knicks Jason Smith 15%
New York Knicks J.R. Smith 15%
New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
Portland Trail Blazers Nicolas Batum 15%
Sacramento Kings Jason Thompson 5%
San Antonio Spurs Tiago Splitter 15% $600,000
Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson 5% Incoming team pays bonus
Utah Jazz Gordon Hayward 15% $0 in 2014/15 Already maxed
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Eric Pincus is a Senior Writer for Basketball Insiders, with a focus on the business side of the game.

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