The sign-and-trade clause has been used to get the FA the extra cash and maximum length of contract for quite a while. The most memorable one was LeBron’s The Decision 1.0, where Cleveland received two 1R, two 2R and a trade exception figure that was used to sign FAs immediately to help fill the rather large void left after his boot scoot to South Beach.
So in that scenario, KD leaves nothing in the table; would then end up earning the same over 5 years with Nets as he would have with GSW over 5 years? I had thought the salary rules incentivize players to stay with current team.
Knicks are smart. Did not want to pay injured player the max.
ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Wojnarowski reported a reason Durant may have looked past the Knicks, noting that owner James Dolan and the team "were not prepared to offer Kevin Durant a full max contract due to concerns over his recovery from the Achilles injury."