Worst Contract On Every NBA Team
Bad contracts are what can plague a team for years.
Some teams choose to offer deals out of frustration and the desire to win now, while others think a player will develop into a star down the line.
There’s also the classic case of an injury prone player that fails to get out on the court consistently but hey, at least in some cases you don’t have to shell out all of that money.
So without further ado here it is, the worst contracts every NBA team has to deal with right now.
Atlanta Hawks: Elton Brand 1 year, $4,000,000
There’s not any horrible deals on this roster, but Brand shouldn’t be making this much money for his lackluster production off the bench.
Boston Celtics: Gerald Wallace 3 years, $30,317,565
Wallace really needs to stop constantly criticizing his teammates and focus on himself. He’s making starters money but only averaging 4 points a game.
Brooklyn Nets: Joe Johnson 3 years, $69,542,371
No debate here. PERIOD.
Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets: Ben Gordon 1 year, $13,200,000
Okay so acquiring Ben Gordon for Corey Maggette wasn’t the worst idea in the world, but you know Michael Jordan is counting down the days until this contract is gone.
Chicago Bulls: Carlos Boozer 2 years, $32,100,000
Bulls management already has a game plan set for this offseason and one key move will be amnestying Boozer. There’s no doubt he’s a decent power forward on the offensive end but his horrendous defense makes this contract atrocious.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Anderson Varejao 2 years, $18,900,000 (team option)
Varejao’s a decent center but his injury plagued career separates him from the rest of the pack. The number of games he’s played this season is already more than the totals in the last four years.
Dallas Mavericks: No one
I was tempted to list Shawn Marion here but he’s still quite valuable to the team, providing tremendous defense on the wing every night.
Denver Nuggets: JaVale McGee 3 years, $34,000,000
It was a tight race between the oft injured Danillo Gallinari and McGee, but I opted to choose the Shaqtin A Fool King from last year since he’s yet to live up to his contract and got coach George Karl fired.
Detroit Pistons: Josh Smith 4 years, $56,000,000
Who thought the Pistons using Josh Smith as a small forward was a good idea? A. Clueless Detroit Pistons fans, B. Joe Dumars. Get rid of Greg Monroe already and put this guy at his natural position so he can at least post some modest offensive numbers!!!
Golden State Warriors: Andrew Bogut 3 years, $36,000,000
Even though this contract has incentives, I think the Warriors are paying a little too much for a strictly defensive minded center in Andrew Bogut. Keep in mind this guy hasn’t had a injury free season since his rookie days, so to think he can pull of 3 healthy years in a row seems pretty doubtful.
Houston Rockets: Jeremy Lin 2 years, $20,123,938
I could nitpick at Omer Asik’s deal, but quality defensive centers don’t grow on trees and are becoming more of a necessity in this league. Jeremy Lin’s stats don’t match the $15 million he’ll be making next season so this is the one contract Houston definitely could do without.
Indiana Pacers: Danny Granger 1 year, $14,021,788
In his prime Danny Granger lived up to his contract, but nagging injuries have put a huge dent in his playing time and stats. Quite frankly there’s no player that should make this much money coming off the bench as a sixth man.
Los Angeles Clippers: None
Last season this title would have easily gone to DeAndre Jordan, but his excellent work on the defensive end keeps his name off the list.
Los Angeles Lakers: Pau Gasol 1 year, $19,285,850
Gasol is a great big man that any team would love to have… but not at nearly $20 million. After the season ends it’s safe to say he’ll be signing a contract with far less money involved.
Memphis Grizzlies: Tayshaun Prince 2 years, $14,943,820
Tayshaun Prince has become a shell of the player he once was in his Motor City days, posting career lows in shooting percentages and the lowest points average since his rookie year.
Miami Heat: None
Many would argue Dwyane Wade deserves to be on this list but I’m not giving up on him just yet. If he can get back on the floor and remain healthy during the postseason he’s definitely a vital part to this Miami franchise despite his hefty price tag. Sorry Wade haters, no contracts to mention here.
Milwaukee Bucks: Zaza Pachulia 3 years, $15,600,000
It’s sad to say but there are numerous bad contracts on this roster. Veteran center Zaza Pachulia stands out as the worst of the bunch earning big bucks (no pun intended) despite his small role as a backup big man.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Luc Mbah a Moute 2 years, $8,970,960
The former Bucks defensive specialist finds himself buried on the bench for the Wolves, averaging the lowest number of minutes in his career.
New Orleans Pelicans: Eric Gordon 3 years, $44,696,813
If it weren’t for his albatross contract Gordon probably would have been on a different team by now. His mediocre stats and injury riddled career make him virtually untradeable to any team.
New York Knicks: Amare Stoudemire 2 years, $45,090,881
Stat just isn’t the same player he once was compared to his Phoenix days. Despite manning a designated bench role he currently makes more money than Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Chris Paul.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Kendrick Perkins 2 years, $17,631,779
It’s about time the Thunder put rookie Steven Adams in the starting lineup over the newest Shaqtin’ A Fool regular. This guy averages identical numbers to Perkins even though he plays 5 minutes less a game and still makes roughly $6 million less a year.
Orlando Magic: Glen Davis 2 years, $13,000,000
Big Baby is a decent starter, but still overpaid. With rumors swirling the Magic are actively trying to move him he’s bound to become more of a high energy bench player that makes too much cash for his services.
Philadelphia 76ers: Jason Richardson 2 years, $12,805,375
What in the world happened to Jason Richardson? Ever since moving to Philadelphia his career has turned into an injury riddled mess and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better.
Phoenix Suns: Emeka Okafor 1 year, $14,544,687
Okafor is a phenomenal defensive anchor, but a price tag of nearly $15 million is way too much for a guy that has relatively no offensive game at all.
Portland Trail Blazers: None
Sacramento Kings: Rudy Gay 2 years, $37,206,258
The MIP (most inefficient player) champion has somewhat resurrected his career in Sacramento but it remains to be seen if he can continue this stellar play through the remainder of the regular season. Until I’m convinced this is for real, Gay still gets the nod.
San Antonio Spurs: Tiago Splitter 4 years, $36,000,000
For a team that’s notorious at dealing out smart contracts, I think the Spurs slightly overpaid Splitter despite his aspiring play in the playoffs. He’s a highly skilled big man with the ability to play either power forward or center, but not worth the amount of dough he’ll receive for years to come.
Toronto Raptors: John Salmons 2 years, $14,580,000 (team option)
No way the Raptors pick up Salmons team option after this season. He averages less points than the nearly $7 million he makes this year.
Utah Jazz: Andris Biedrins 1 year, $9,000,000
This guy is a walking contract, plain and simple. The only reason Utah acquired this guy is to dump his salary immediately after the season ends.
Washington Wizards: Otto Porter 4 years, $19,305,421 (team option)
So far it’s been a tough go for Porter and it doesn’t appear to be getting any better with Webster and Ariza receiving more minutes in the rotation. It’s too early to call the No. 3 pick a bust, but the rookie needs to increase his production before he becomes the next Jan Vesley (draft bust still on Wizards).
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