Remember your reaction when you heard that Nate Robinson had been traded to the Celtics? Remember how you felt that he would add so much to Boston’s rotation? Well, things didn’t work out exactly how you thought they would, but it’s cool. It happens.
But all isn’t lost, at least in the Celtics’ eyes. Though Nate hasn’t helped them much on the court since the trade, they’ve found a way for him to help them off it. To the tune of $2 million dollars that they will save because Nate just wasn’t worth playing.
Boston Celtics guard Nate Robinson was benched for two games near the end of the regular season, and it cost him $1 million, while saving the team twice that amount.
A clause in Robinson’s contract calls for him to make a $1 million bonus if he both played in at least 58 games and made the playoffs this season. Robinson’s Celtics are in the postseason but he played in 56 games. As a result, the Celtics saved the $1 million they would have paid Robinson — equivalent to a quarter of his reported annual salary — and an additional $1 million they would have owed in luxury tax to the NBA (most of which would have been distributed to teams with payrolls below the luxury tax threshold).
Dang Nate, they gotcha.
Robinson doesn’t reach incentive (ESPN Boston)
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