Bulls might waive Nate Robinson to save money (and possibly for another reason, one for which I have no evidence)
December 19th, 2012

K.C. Johnson reports that the Bulls, despite being a number four seed without having their MVP on the court, are sorely tempted to waive Nate Robinson.

In one of the most unheralded high quality moves of the summer – unheralded because the dominant Bullsean narrative of the summer was rightly one of cost-cutting and player-dumping – the Bulls were able to sign Robinson to not only a minimum salary contract, but a partially guaranteed one at that. Of the $1,146,337 Nate is owed – an amount which, if he’s kept for the full season, the Bulls will owe only $854,389 of – only $400,000 is guaranteed, becoming fully guaranteed if not waived on or before January 1st [not the 10th, as reported elsewhere].…

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Nazr Mohammed and Trade Kickers
December 4th, 2012

Even though he signed a one year minimum salary contract using the Minimum Salary Exception, Nazr Mohammed has a 15% trade kicker in his current contract.

Trade kickers in contracts are somewhat rare. They are particularly rare in small contracts, as becomes obvious upon a study of the current trade kickers in the league today:

Ray Allen – 15% – $3,090,000
Andrea Bargnani – 5% – $10,000,000
Nic Batum – 15% – $10,825,000
Chris Bosh – 15% – $17,545,000
Jose Calderon – 10% – $10,561,982
Vince Carter – 10% – $3,090,000
Tyson Chandler – lesser of 8% or $500,000 – $13,604,188
Pau Gasol – 15% – $19,000,000
Manu Ginobili – 5% – $14,107,492
Eric Gordon – 15% – $13,668,750
Blake Griffin – 15% – trade kicker is in his extension, beginning next year
Udonis Haslem – 15% – $4,060,000
Roy Hibbert – 15% – $13,668,750
LeBron James – 15% – $17,545,000
Amir Johnson – 5% – $6,000,000
DeAndre Jordan – 15% – $10,532,977
Brook Lopez – 15% – $13,668,750
Robin Lopez – 15% – $4,899,293
Shawn Marion – 15% – $8,646,364
O.J.

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