Kyrie Irving Would Forfeit $200m 'Supermax' Contract If Traded by Cavaliers

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2017

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Kyrie Irving's reported desire to be traded could cost him some serious cash.

According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, Irving would forfeit his ability to earn a "supermax" contract in 2019 through the NBA's new designated player veteran extension. This policy in the league's newly installed collective bargaining agreement "was meant to deter star players from leaving their teams as they came up on their third contract."

As outlined by RealGM's Christopher Reina, players can become eligible for the "supermax"—which allows them to earn 35 percent of the salary cap—if they "have been named to an All-NBA team in the previous season or two of the previous three, or either be an MVP or Defensive Player of the Year in any of the previous three seasons. In addition to that individual achievement, players must also remain on the team they were on during their rookie contracts."

Irving is scheduled to earn $18.9 million next season and $20 million during the 2018-19 campaign before he makes a decision on his $21.3 million player option in the summer of 2019. 

The 25-year-old also has a 15 percent trade kicker in his contract. 

According to ESPN.com's Chris Haynes, Irving has circled the New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves as his preferred trade destinations. But without a no-trade clause, the Cavaliers don't have to placate the point guard. 

Rather, they can shop around for the best deal—whether it's with one of those four teams or not—and scan the market for the best package of assets around. 

Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com unless noted otherwise. 


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