Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could have possibly lost a combined $16 million had the Golden State Warriors not approached the Brooklyn Nets for a D'Angelo Russell sign-and-trade.
When Durant and Irving committed to the Nets, they were set to have approximately $10 million combined in unlikely bonuses as they don't count against the cap.
Because cap space was not required to sign Durant due to the sign-and-trade with the Warriors, the Nets merely needed to structure $1 million in unlikely bonuses for Irving in order to still sign DeAndre Jordan and Nicolas Claxton.
The $1 million in unlikely incentives for Irving is broken into eight $125,000 bonuses, ranging from games played, statistical benchmarks and offensive/defensive rating.
Durant has a $1 million bonus this season based on the Nets reaching the first round of the playoffs or winning at least 43 games.