There follows a list of all current NBA contracts that feature trade kickers, in contracts valid as of the time of writing, along with the value of them. Note that trade kickers have no expiry date other than the expiration of the contract itself, and that having a percentage listed means that's the percentage of their remaining salary that they will additionally get with the bonus.
- Hedo Turkoglu (15%)
Not contented with how big Hedo Turkoglu's contract already was, Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo decided to make it bigger by adding a 15% trade kicker. Turk was already being overpaid for a man on the wrong side of 30 with rather average talent; however, after getting his $52.8 million contract, Hedo then put up a shocking first season with the Raptors and made it even worse. To compound the fail, he and the team have fallen out over Hedo's (allegedly) overactive night life - things are so divisive at the moment that Turkoglu went home to Turkey in a sulk and stated that he wasn't going to return to the team. The pair now have a choice; either
a) hugging the thing out, or
b) accommodating Hedo's trade request.
(b) is going to be damn near impossible, though, and the trade kicker is partly why. Without the trade kicker, Turkoglu has 4 years and $43.8 million remaining on his contract, but with it that amount rises to $50,370,000, an average of over $12.5 million a season. This for a man with a below-average PER, only one and a bit good seasons in his career, and a 32nd birthday card already in the post.
Hedo's remaining contract currently looks like this:
2013/14: $12,000,000 (Early Termination Option year)
Normally, salary owed to players in option years is not included in the definition of "remaining salary." This means that the percentage of remaining salary (which is what a trade kicker is normally dependent upon, as seen above) normally does not include the salary found in option years. However, ETO years are counted, and therefore all of the $43.8 million left on Turkoglu's contract is classified as "remaining." 15% of $43.8 million is $6.57 million, and so that is the size of Hedo's trade kicker.
The cap hit of the trade kicker is divided equally between non-option years of the contract. There are three such years in Hedo's contract, so each year gets $2.19 million added to it. If traded, therefore, Hedo's contract will look like this:
2013/14: $12,000,000 (ETO)
The trade kicker would thus turn Turkoglu's contract from being one of the worst in the league, to almost certainly the worst. (Elton Brand's is a year shorter, which is not insignificant.) It's going to be hard enough to find a taker Hedo, with his advancing age, increasing salary and decreasing play. The trade kicker only makes things worse.
So maybe they should just hug it out.