John Stockton is one of the rare players that stayed with one franchise for his entire career. In his 19 years playing for the Utah Jazz, he made a name for himself as one of the best point guards in NBA history. There were mutual trust and partnership between Stockton and the Jazz owner Larry H. Miller which resulted in easy-going contract negotiations. Stockton never had an agent in his entire career and pretty much negotiated every basketball contract on his own and in good faith with the Jazz ownership.
In the fall of 1996, Stockton negotiated a new three-year contract with the Jazz, which stated he wouldn’t be traded, but it also had a very special clause inside. Stockton, who is a father of four, wanted to spend as much of his free time with his kids, so there was a “Kiddie” clause in his contract. This basically means Stockton was able to play any kind of sports game with his children without endangering his contract. As you know, professional athletes are often obligated to follow the rules about participating in different events, so they don’t risk an injury.
Stockton and the Jazz quickly came to terms even though Stockton could have tested the market and go for a more lucrative contract, but that wasn’t the most crucial thing in his life. He felt comfortable with the Jazz, and at that time, the Utah Jazz was building up a championship-contending team.
“”Now, it’s back to the part I enjoy, and that’s playing the game. It looks like it could be my last contract, and I’m delighted to be able to finish my career here. That’s been my hope all along. I think it would have been hard for me to pull it off, even if I’d wanted to, to go out there and say I’ll go anywhere.” .”
That paid off for the Utah Jazz, who made two consecutive NBA Finals afterward but lost to the Chicago Bulls both times. Stockton would stay for another seven years with the team before finally retiring in 2003 at the age of 40 and with a couple of All-Time leading records.