MIAMI (AP) –The Miami Heat have traded Joel Anthony to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for a 2018 top-60 protected second round draft pick. The Bobcats will also receive 12 pieces of candy. For salary cap reasons, the deal will not officially be completed until July 10.
Because there are only 30 teams in the NBA, the draft pick is unlikely to be conferred. The primary motivation of the trade, therefore, was the candy.
According to league rules, the Bobcats are not entitled to acquire all of its candy up front. Instead, the candy needs to be allocated pro rata over the next six salary cap years – two pieces per season.
For the 2013-14 season, the Bobcats have selected a Snickers “Slice N Share” bar and a bag of M&Ms. Upon further clarification, the bag of M&Ms has been confirmed to be of the peanut variety.
Both candies are made by Mars, Incorporated.
The Snickers “Slice N Share” bar is of particular interest. It is a massive 16 ounces in weight, while a standard Snickers bar is 2.07 ounces (so, roughly 8 times bigger). At a regular price of $9.99, it’s also 10 times the price.
Salary cap experts have pointed out the fact that the Heat could have simply purchased eight regular-sized Snickers bars, glued the packaging together so it would appear as one candy, saved $1.26 (before sales tax) and provided to the Bobcats an extra 0.56 ounces of chocolate, nougat, caramel and peanut goodness. The Heat reportedly did make such an offer but Bobcats owner Michael Jordan turned it down. Read more…