and how does it affect the salary cap or a player's value? Oh, I found the answer somewhere else on the forum: Micro wrote: It is reported that McDyess and Billups both have trade kickers. A "trade kicker" is a trade bonus. If you trade this player, he must be paid out a bonus. This complicates trade scenarios because his bonus counts against the team he is going to, but not with the team that is letting him go. Simply put, trade kickers make it very difficult to trade a player because the amount of salary going out and in must conform to a very tight schedule. Not only is a trade kicker an incentive for the team not to trade the player (cost), it is also a deterrent because it badly muddies up the trade rules. You can read more here (http://www.pistonsforum.com/redirect-to/?redirect=http://members.cox.net/lmcoon/salarycap.htm#83), but you will probably have to read it slowly 7 or 8 times to "get it". Trade bonuses are one of the most complicated situations covered under the CBA.