Thursday , Oct , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Does Chris Paul Have a Better Deal than Deron Williams?


We’ll have to wait until July to find out exactly how much those contracts will be worth, but Williams and Paul can expect to make more than $14 million beginning in 2009-10 and $50 million to $70 million depending on whether they exercise that fourth-year option.

    It turns out, though, that Paul’s contract has sweeteners that Williams’ does not. As one person has described it, Williams signed a "max contract" but not a "max-plus contract." This was the first time I’d ever heard that distinction in five years of covering the NBA.

    For starters, Paul has a 15 percent trade kicker that Williams does not. For the uninitiated, a trade kicker is a bonus that gets paid if a player ever gets traded. You can be sure the Hornets aren’t looking to trade Paul, but if they ever did, Paul’s bank account would get a bump.

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