It’s been reported since mid-January that the Sacramento Kings may be including a no-trade clause into DeMarcus Cousins’ upcoming contract extension. That’s counter to the pre-existing CBA, which stipulated that no-trade clauses could not be written into contract extensions, unless the clause was present in the original contract.
Talking potential Cousins extension on @TheDrive1140.Two parameters we are reporting being worked:— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) January 11, 2017
- no trade clause
- 4th year opt out
The question was if the new CBA would have any new wrinkles that would somehow allow the Kings to include this as added incentive for Cousins. However, the new CBA was recently made available online, and the detail excluding extensions from adding a no-trade clause remains the same in the new CBA.
In Article XXIV, Section 2, part b, the CBA states:
A Player Contract entered into by a player who has eight (8) or
more Years of Service in the NBA and who has rendered four (4) or more
Years of Service for the Team entering into such Contract may contain a
prohibition or limitation of such Team’s right to trade such Contract to
another NBA Team.
I wasn’t clear if this language was what specifically prevented a no-trade clause from being included in an extension, so I confirmed with CBA expert Larry Coon:
@gwiss No, that language was unchanged from old agreement. Key phrase is "entered into," which means new contract & not an extension.— Larry Coon (@LarryCoon) February 1, 2017
The only way the Kings would be able to give Cousins a no-trade clause would be if he was doing a new contract, rather than an extension.
Kings fans can breathe easier knowing that there will not be any sort of no-trade clause included if the Kings do in fact sign Cousins to a massive extension this summer. No-trade clauses can lead to a lot of future problems, and you can see just that playing out right now with Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks.