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Trade Kicker

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Definition: A trade kicker -- more properly called a "trade bonus" -- is a clause that increases a player's salary in the event of a trade.

Trade kickers are one of the factors that can make NBA trades so difficult to complete. For example, during the 2009-10 season, Devin Brown of the Hornets was able to block a trade because he refused to waive a kicker in his contract.

The web site ShamSports.com maintains a list of the current trade kickers in NBA contracts.

Also Known As: Trade Bonus
Examples:
Carmelo Anthony's contract reportedly contains a trade kicker of 5% or $1 million -- whichever is less.
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