Duncan Robinson arrived prepared for the moment, adding a significant boost to last summer’s five-year free-agent deal if he was part of the championship team during the duration of the deal.
The Miami Heat also arrived prepared for the moment, with additional payouts guaranteed only if Robinson is a significant part of such a title race.
At the moment, this leaves Robinson still chasing the One Ring, but almost certainly unable to chase the cash that would guarantee all but what a $90 million deal could turn out to be.
As a means of encouraging Robinson to championship success and covering himself in case Robinson’s role or productivity declines, the final $10 million of Robinson’s contract is guaranteed only if the Heat are in those five seasons. wins the championship during one of the
But warnings nonetheless, warnings are already in place and at play after this season.
According to three NBA parties familiar with drafting the contract, Robinson only redeems the championship bonus if the following are met in the title-winning season:
– At least 70 regular-season appearances.
– An average of at least 25 minutes during the regular season.
– Appear in at least 75 percent of your team’s playoff games.
– An average of at least 25 minutes in the playoffs.
Despite losing his initial role to Max Strauss in March, Robinson still made 79 regular-season appearances to reach the limit.
And despite the reduced role, there were still 25.9 minutes per game during the regular season, earning that marker as well.
But the postseason has gone in a different direction, even after scoring 27 points in the playoff opener against the Atlanta Hawks.
So far, 11 appearances in the Heat’s 15 playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Wednesday night’s Game 5 at the FTX Arena will lead to the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals. , , And the ultimate hard reality of only 11.27 minutes per game this post season.
Such bonuses are not uncommon in contracts, with many especially those drawn up by Robinson’s agent, Jason Glushon.
For example, Glushawn also represents Boston big man Al Horford, whose 2022-23 team option jumps to $5 million if the Celtics win the NBA Finals and $12 million if they win the championship. The markers were included when the deal was initially completed with the Philadelphia 76ers, who at the time had too many championships or busts.
And in a move similar to the uncertainty with Robinson, Glushon included such incentives with a contract deal with the Washington Wizards in August about Spencer Dinwiddie, who has since moved to the Dallas Mavericks.
For Robinson, it has been an uneven ride, and for more than a financial roadblock.
But there may also be hope, given that he was knocked out by a 14-point performance in Game 4 on Wednesday, when he played 23:20. And Saturday night’s Game 3 also had the first half minutes.
Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said of the semi-revival for Robinson, “Really every single game in this series, he’s on my mind.” “We certainly could have used his distance and shooting. He makes a different kind of trigger. He accesses a different part of the menu for us. I think that’s important.”
When Robinson converted four 3-pointers in mostly mop-up duty on Monday night, it was the first time he had reached that total since nine in the April 17 playoff opener against the Hawks.
“And, again,” said Spoelstra, “it depends on the flow, the circumstance of the game. And some of it, I may have an idea but I’m not going to completely predetermine.”
While Spoelstra can’t guarantee a championship payout beyond a potential ring should the Heat beat the Celtics and then the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, he said he’s comfortable Robinson is ready to be called upon.
“He’s emotionally stable,” Spoelstra said. “That doesn’t mean he loves it, but he’s going to be prepared for the minutes it will happen.”