**I deliberately left out any contract signed by Isiah Thomas or Isiah Thomas Jr (aka David Kahn), otherwise it’ll have been too easy. Darko Milicic and Eddy Curry, you get a free pass
I don’t reckon even Jerry Buss realised he was paying Walton this much. Come to think of it, I don’t even reckon Buss knows who Luke Walton is.
Portland gave a 2nd year rookie, who went undrafted, $35 million. Why? (By 2014, Matthews would have earned over $10 million more then Blake Griffin, both of who where in the same draft. Wow)
Torontos off-season wasn’t a massive failure. They managed to find someone to take Hedo’s awful contract.
In 2013, the corpse of Desagano Diop will be earning over $7 million. Enough said…
$55 million for a bench player putting up 8/8. Could be the new Erik Dampier.
Some players invest in stocks, others in nice houses. Baron invested his $15 million into Chicken Wings.
Atlanta were in a tough position because if they didn’t give him this contract, someone else would have. But still, paying Johnson $25 million when he’s 35 years old? He’s not even worth that now. This contract has only just begun to hurt.
This contract still amazes me. The Magic offered Rashard this contract even though they weren’t competing with anyone. It’s not like they got into a bidding war, they basically just threw him a max-contract for the sake of it. We’ve seen his playoff failures, and it looks like these are translating into the regular season this year.
He’s injury prone and getting over $15 million a season. He’s had a bit of a resergence this season but he’ll have to be fully healthy and productive for a full season before this contract looks passable.
I’ll never say a contract is untradable, not since I witnessed Zach Randolph get traded three times in a 6 month period, but this is as close to untradable as any contract could be. 4 years left, $80 million, for a guy who is incredibly injury prone and doesn’t even seem like he wants to play basketball. Washington are stuck with him for a while yet. Unless they trade for Elton Brand…
David Lee – 6 years – $80
Emeka Okafor – 4 years – $52M
Mike Conley – 5 years – $50M
Josh Childress – 5 years – $35M
Travis Outlaw – 5 years – $35M
Shawn Marion – 4 years – $30M
Chris Anderson – 4 years – $21M
Best 5 contracts (I honestly couldn’t find 10. If you know of any, please feel free to enlighten me)
** Rookie contracts weren’t included
I know people are hating on LeBron, but he is by far the best player in the world, and as long as there is a ‘max-contract’, then any contract he signs is a bargain. Especially when you consider Chris Bosh got the same amount and Joe Johnson got $15 million MORE.
Remember when Jordan signed a deal for like $35 million 15 years ago? Factor in inflation, that’s probably about $50 million. And that’s about what LeBron deserves.
The best move the Celtics did last year was re-sign Rondo before he could test free agency. If Amir Johnson is getting $35 million, then Rondo probably would have got offered the max. $11 million for a top 5 point guard, bargain.
He won’t make the highlights very often (today excluded), but he is a hard worker and a starting forward on most teams. His deal he signed last off-season is looking like a steal for the Jazz, especially since the guy he replaced (Boozer) is earning twice as much.
He was the World Championships MVP until Argentina got eliminated, and he’s shown this year he’s a potential All-Star. For the Rockets to get him for under $10 million a season, that’s probably the only good news they’ve had for a while.
You can tell when a contract is good value by the amount of teams trying to trade for him, and reports are that Varejao is one of the most sought after players at the moment. I didn’t like this contract when he first signed it, but when you factor in his final year isn’t guaranteed, $8-10 million for a big man who hustles, rebounds and defends isn’t too bad.
Tony Parker – 4 years – $50M
Shannon Brown – 2 years – $4M