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Duncan, Garnett got no trade clauses in new contracts

Sep 19, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett AP

Both Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett did something for their teams this summer — the veteran superstars took huge pay cuts on new deals, making less than half of what they did before, to give the franchises some financial flexibility (and less of a tax burden).

But both got something in return — no trade clauses.

Mark Deeks, the man behind the fantastic Sham Sports (which has the best NBA contract info out there) reports on twitter that both Duncan and Garnett got full no-trade clauses in their new deals.

They join Kobe Bryant and Dirk Nowitzki as the only four guys with such clauses.

Of course, those guys are four franchise icons that their respective teams would likely never trade… but you should never say never so the players like the insurance.

Both Garnett and Duncan signed three-year contracts. They likely are the last NBA contracts for both players.

  1. bowwserr - Sep 19, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    What I want to know is, would the Spurs or Celtics ever get to the point where they’d trade Duncan or Garnett? As the Spurs go, I’d have to think they wouldn’t. This is the man that brought them 4 NBA Championships. It’s always interesting to mull over, however.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    The Spurs trading Duncan would be like the Lakers trading Magic or the Bulls trading Jordan would be inconceivable. Those are players drafted by the franchise who spend over a decade leading them to multiple championships.

    The Celtics trading Garnett would be very unlikely but not impossible. Garnett was an acquisition like Ray Allen, and Ray Allen was on the trading block twice (and he was even told that he had been traded to Memphis for OJ Mayo before the Grizzlies backed out). Heck, I’ve heard occasional rumors of trades involving Paul Pierce, and he was drafted by the Celtics.

    Regardless, both guys earned no-trade clauses in their contracts. They’ve both made plenty of money – they’re only playing to help their current franchises win.

    • eventhorizon04 - Sep 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

      typo: * – that would be inconceivable

  3. eugenesaxe - Sep 19, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Duncan doesn’t need a no-trade clause. I can see Garnett being traded, but Duncan has a home for life.

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