In the NBA, why is the sign-and-trade a thing? [duplicate]

In a sign-and-trade, a team signs a free agent to a contract and then immediately trades him to another team. The trade has been agreed to in advance, and neither the team nor the player can back out after the contract is signed.

Sign-and-trades are basically an accepted loophole in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, most commonly used by teams over the salary cap. Teams that are over the salary cap cannot sign new free agents, but they can re-sign their own players even if it takes them further over the cap. All teams can trade players so long as the salaries they get back are within 20% of the salaries they give out.

So say for example that LeBron decides to leave the Cavaliers. Cleveland will still be over the cap even without LeBron's salary, so they won't be able to sign new players to upgrade their roster. But if LeBron cooperates, they could re-sign him at around $17 million, and then trade him to another team in exchange for around $17 million worth of players...

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Ainge learned a great deal from the man who drafted him in 1981. “I liked Red because he was a risk-taker by nature,” Ainge told me last month. The 2016–17 Celtics are as good as a team can be in this league...

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In the National Basketball Association, a sign-and-trade agreement is a type of contract (allowed by the collective bargaining agreement [CBA]) wherein one franchise/team signs an unrestricted free agent player to a new contract, only to then immediately trade him to another team (of the player's choosing). This is typically done to enable the player to obtain a higher salary and/or greater number of years on their contract than NBA salary cap rules ordinarily allow the destination team, itself, to provide the player.[1]

Benefits & Function[edit]

The sign-and-trade helps NBA teams capitalize on financial assets that they would otherwise lose—with nothing gained in return—if a player became a free agent. It is a factor in the departing player's increased salary and extended contract. It helps the team gaining the player, by enabling it to offer a better/more economically competitive contract to the player, than otherwise would be allowed under league rules. Often,...

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Everybody wants Kevin Durant.

In less than a week, he'll become the biggest free agent on the market, and the rest of the NBA world will wait to see what he decides. Stay in OKC? Join up with the Warriors and conquer the universe? Head back home to Washington? Take his talents to Milwaukee? (OK, no one thinks that.)

With Durant the next big NBA story now that the draft is over, we thought we'd guide you through his options -- which, theoretically, is every team in the NBA. We've broken all 30 teams into tiers based on their actual chances of signing Durant.


30. Philadelphia 76ers: They could make Durant's mom their new president of basketball operations and he would not sign with them. "I'm going to take the Sixers to the Finals" is a heat check from the parking lot that even J.R. Smith would not attempt.

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Practice, practice, practice! If you have a basketball hoop at home, play basketball everyday. One way that you can get better at basketball, is to go to the gym a few times a week do some drills and work on your ball handles. Also, run everyday to be in good shape! Playing with people who are better than you will make you better. Also in a game, do not get easily discouraged. You can always make up for a disappointing game in the next.


Be sure to practice shooting everywhere on the court meaning your close range, mid range and 3 point range (within reason). Work on developing a nice, clean shot. Also practice shooting as if someone were guarding you and pay attention to the goal.


Definitely do not forget to stretch! This is one of the key elements in preventing injury, but stretch after you warm up. Also, try get a roller to roll out on before and after practice


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Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is the latest young player to suffer a significant injury this season. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

In order to become a championship-level NBA team, a dizzying amount of things have to properly fall into place. The right players need to be acquired, whether via the draft, trade or through free agency. The right coaching staff needs to be in place to use those players properly. And the infrastructure and support system has to be in place to keep everything working as it should be.

In addition to all of those things, something else is required for a team to not only reach the rarefied air of the sport’s elite, but to stay there: health. And, for all of the advancements that have been made in player rest and treatment and recovery in recent years, there’s still a large portion of health that seems to come down to good, old-fashioned luck.

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This is the crown jewel of Boston's supposed hoard, and even it comes with a significant caveat.

(Note: I originally stated any team trading for the Nets' pick has to swap picks with Brooklyn, which is just incorrect. Shoutout to the fine Celtics fans who pointed that out. Appreciate your enthusiasm; your team is still very good, and your coach is easily in the top five in the NBA, if not the top three. But that doesn't drastically change how I feel about this asset — a very good trade chip that because of random chance is slightly overrated and isn't nearly enough on its own to land a star).

At this point in time, any team trading for that pick is at the mercy of probability. No matter how bad the Nets are, there's only a 25 percent chance this turns into the first overall pick.

While the Brooklyn pick won't fall any lower than No. 4, the chance you end up with something less than the best-case scenario diminishes the pick's value, as...

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The Rockets couldn't find any takers for Dwight Howard at the trade deadline. Scott Halleran/Getty

The NBA trade deadline has passed, and it was an unusually quiet day.

While there was a flurry of trades, the biggest names on the trading block all stayed on their teams, with only a few roles players changing cities.

Quiet trade deadlines are not unheard of, but this year's felt like a sign of a bigger change in the NBA.

In a year where players like Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin, Al Horford, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Love, Jeff Teague, and even smaller-name, but good players like Ryan Anderson and Hassan Whiteside were reportedly available, none of them were moved. These are all high-impact players who can improve a team, yet there weren't any takers.

Perhaps the biggest reason is the impending salary cap jump, which will make this summer one of the wildest free agency periods the NBA has ever seen.


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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves are giving Lance Stephenson another shot in the NBA. Just how many he has left remains to be seen.

The Timberwolves signed Stephenson to a 10-day contract on Wednesday, hoping the enigmatic guard can bring some toughness and experience to a young team. With essentially a week to make an impression before the All-Star break, Stephenson will have to be on his best behavior as he tries to reclaim a place for himself.

"You already know he has it in him. Now we've got to get it out of him again."

Tom Thibodeau, on Lance Stephenson

"My job is to work hard, prove my point and show everybody I belong in this league," Stephenson said after the team's shootaround before Wednesday night's game against Toronto.

The Timberwolves were in need of depth on the wing after losing young star Zach LaVine for the season to a torn ACL. Coach Tom Thibodeau said he always liked what he saw from Stephenson when he played for the...

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Washington Wizards are one piece away from seriously contending for an NBA Championship. New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony could be that piece.

Looking to return to the NBA Playoffs in an Eastern Conference that’s considered “wide open,” Phil Jackson signed and traded for a number of notable names this past off-season.

Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose headlined the list of additions the New York Knicks made, but neither player has done enough to elevate the team. The team is sitting 10 games below .500 – 12th in the East.

Noah’s game has deteriorated and he has three years left on his $74 million contract, making him almost untradeable. Rose literally ran to Chicago without notifying the team and his future in New York remains uncertain. He’s on an expiring contract.

Through all of the dysfunction, Carmelo Anthony has remained committed to his role as the Knicks’ most important player. Anthony continues to shoot down trade rumors, despite Jackson’s...

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January was a bona fide circus by NBA standards. But which team has been the biggest clown show of them all? The Crossover staff is here to weigh in.

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Ben Golliver: Back in 2013, Charles Barkley briefly “campaigned” for the Suns GM job, drawing chuckles and snorts from media analysts for his blunt talk (“The Suns are the Titanic… The Suns stink”). As crazy as it sounds, it’s now time to wonder whether the TNT commentator would have been worse than Ryan McDonough, the rookie executive Phoenix ultimately hired.

The sheer diversity of McDonough’s blunders is staggering. He...

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Fans who slept through Monday night's Mavericks-Spurs game will wake up to read that Dallas pulled off a "thrilling" victory in a series that was "as good as basketball gets." I'll give it to you straight, sleepyheads: Reading about it was a lot more fun than watching it. The dramatic high point of Dallas'Game 7 victory came when Manu Ginobili's 3-pointer put the Spurs up three with 32 seconds to go. The Mavericks responded by calling timeout. After Dallas tied the game on Dirk Nowitzki's three-point play, San Antonio called timeout. A few missed shots and a two-minute commercial break later, the game went to overtime, wherein four more timeouts were called. In the game's final moments, there were nearly as many timeouts (six) as field goals (seven). If this is as good as basketball gets, please run 2,000 volts through my recliner.

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With the Chicago Bulls on the brink of collapsing for the second time in as many years, All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler has once again found himself mentioned in trade rumors with the deadline approaching.

Despite putting up All-NBA level numbers through the first half of the season, Butler's shoddy relationship with the team's front office has made him expendable in the eyes of Bulls' management, making it a realistic possibility he's dealt in the coming weeks.

While trading Butler could solve some of the hostility in the locker room, it would be far from a savvy maneuver, and could set the franchise back years if a deal actually comes to fruition.

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As midseason requests go, LeBron James’ recent call for an additional playmaker to be added to the Cleveland Cavaliers roster isn’t nearly as bold as, say, unscheduled trips to Miami that had become an annual tradition of sorts for one of the game’s greats.

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Are you a baseball fan? Check out our guide on creating monster players in MLB 15: The Show here.

I hate change.

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Typically a sign and trade is a maneuver that is used by teams and players to allow a player to make more money than he would have otherwise been able to make by just signing a contract with his new team. NBA teams (particularly the ones like the Heat and Lakers that have several max contracts), live on the edge or even past the salary cap, so there are serious restrictions on how much they can pay players acquired in free agency. Sign and Trade is a way to allow these players to make the money they have earned, and allow teams with max contracts to actually fill out their rosters (and make competitive offers to appealing free agents like Nash).

In the case of the Nash trade, the Lakers would only be able to offer him a starting salary of (likely) about 3 million through the mid-level exception. However, by trading for Nash they are able to use the trade exception they received last year for Lamar Odom to account for Nash's salary. This allows the Lakers to pay Nash 27...

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