NBA Players With Trade Kickers In 2019/20

A trade kicker is a contractual clause that pays an NBA player a bonus when he’s traded. They’re one of the tools teams have at their disposal to differentiate their free agent offers from the ones put on the table by competing clubs.

Sometimes the kicker is worth a fixed amount, but usually it’s based on a percentage of the remaining value of the contract. So, a player who has a 10% trade kicker is eligible for a bonus worth 10% of the amount of money he has yet to collect on his deal.

Regardless of whether a trade kicker is set at a fixed amount or a percentage, the bonus can’t exceed 15% of the remaining value of the contract. Most trade kickers are worth 15%, the highest percentage allowed.

A trade bonus must be paid by the team that trades the player, rather than the team acquiring him. The current Collective Bargaining Agreement also allows a player to waive his trade kicker as part of a deal, if he so chooses.

If you want a more detailed explanation of how trade kickers work, check out the Hoops Rumors Glossary entry on the subject.

With the help of contract information from Basketball Insiders and ESPN’s Bobby Marks, here’s a list of the NBA players who have active trade kickers for 2019/20, listed alphabetically, along with the details of those trade bonuses:

The following players have trade bonuses on their contracts, but those bonuses would be voided if they were to be traded during the 2019/20 league year, since they’re already earning this season’s maximum salary:

The following players have signed contract extensions that will include trade kickers, but those extensions won’t go into effect until the 2020/21 season:

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4 thoughts on “NBA Players With Trade Kickers In 2019/20

    • Luke Adams

      Yes, I was initially working off last year’s last and forgot to move that one to the second section. Fixed now, thanks.

  1. showtimebruins

    I got a hypo on the trade kicker. A guy with 9 years of service is traded (in the offseason). He has 2 seasons (2020 + 2021) entirely guaranteed (no option/ETO) remaining for $62 million. He is due $30 million in year 1 (2020) and $32 million in year 2 (2021). His contract also has a 15% trade kicker. His maximum salary based on 2020 season is $32,742,000 and his 2021 maximum is expected to be $40,600,000. How much does he get in each of the following two seasons (after the trade kicker)?

    (A) 2020: $32,742,000 + 2021: $34,742,000;
    (B) 2020: $32,742,000 + 2021: $36,650,000; or
    (C) 2020: $$32,742,000 + 2021: $38,558,000

    • Luke Adams

      Option A. This sort of thing happened to Blake Griffin when he was traded in 2018. His 15% trade kicker only increased his salary by $215K that season since he was so close to his max. He was in his ninth season at that point, so he had eight full years of experience, but that $215K annual cap hit was also added equally to the rest of the four guaranteed years on his contract, including 2019/20 (when he’d have 10 years of experience) and 2020/21 (when he’d have 11).

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