Smith: On Trade kickers and Avery wanted P.J. in Jersey
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From Doug Smith's blog:

Yes, if he gets traded he gets a 15 per cent bump in his annual stipend, itís a clause he negotiated into each of his last two deals and it seems to have become some huge issue with the e-mailers.

Itís not a big deal, itís certainly not a deal-breaker and heís one of about 35 or so guys in the league who have them.

Those guys range, by the salary spreadsheets that an NBA GM works off, from Kobe to Mo Pete to Roger Mason to Sam Dalembert.

A handful of guys that many e-mailers would like to see on the Raptors Ė Dalembert, Manu, Joel Przybilla, Chris Kaman, Jeff Foster Ė have them and Hedo even had one in the Orlando contract he had before he came to Toronto.

Oh, and Amir Johnson had one, too, when the Raptors obtained him.

It is no big deal, it not an issue in any trade and itís really nothing worth getting worked up over.
Avery Johnsonís back in the league, eh?

Has a verbal agreement with the Nets and in Dave Dís story here, thereís one quite interesting nugget.

Avery, whoís been linked to about every vacant job in the last two years, really wanted P.J. Carlesimo to join him in jersey but P.J. didnít want to wait on the uncertainty, got a good offer from the Raptors and took the Toronto gig.

Iím not entirely sold on Avery, to tell you the truth. Iím told by people with good knowledge of the Dallas situation that he can grate on people rather quickly and the post-season flameouts of his Mavs (coughing up 2-0 lead in í06 finals to Miami, being upset by Golden State a year later) stick in the craw.
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