The NBA is slowly turning into a league where players will get paid a lot of money to just to wear a team’s uniform. Free agency now a days is to see which team will pay what player the most amount of money. Some players would like to remain loyal with their team and will take discounts to do so. While other players are all about their financial situation, and will go to a team that they know will pay them handsomely.
Some teams offer players expensive contracts due to one good season that they have. Those type of contracts are the contracts that screw teams up the most, because of the fact that you have to sit there and think are they one year wonders, or can they do this on a consistent basis. There have been fair share of bad signings over the last decade that you sit there and say to yourself how did they think that said player was worth that much money over that many years.
Plenty of examples of NBA franchises messing up on some free agent signings, but lately it has been absolutely horrendous some of these contracts these NBA players are getting. Role players now are getting paid very well, and that is surprising to myself. I understand that there are only thirteen spots on a roster, but at the same time should you really be paying a role player $10-$15 million to play limited minutes for you. With that being said here are 15 recent signings that already look terrible.
15. Miles Plumlee – Milwaukee Bucks (4 Years, $50 Million)
The Milwaukee Bucks and Miles Plumlee agreed to a 4 year, $50 million contract extension during the 2016 offseason. The 7’0 center is making $12.5 million a season to play less than 15 minutes per game. Since the signing, Plumlee has been traded to Charlotte for Roy Hibbert, and Spencer Hawes. Then in the 2017 offseason Plumlee and Marco Belinelli and a second round pick in 2017 for Dwight Howard and a second round pick in 2017.
This means that Plumlee will now be on his fifth team in six seasons. The Bucks had all the praise for Plumlee, but they could not find playing time for him. In Atlanta Plumlee has to either start or split time with Mike Muscala, or he will continue to be traded to different teams because nobody wants to pay his $12.5 million average salary every year.
14. Marvin Williams – Charlotte Hornets (4 Years, $54.5 Million)
Marvin Williams and the Charlotte Hornets agreed to a 4 year $54.5 million contract during the 2016 offseason. Williams has been a good starter in the league, but he has been inconsistent at times. Last season Marvin Williams played in 76 games while averaging 11.2 PPG to go along with 6.6 RPG. The former number two overall selection in the 2006 NBA Draft is worth a solid amount because he contributes, but the money he is making per season is not what Charlotte needs if they want to make it back to the playoffs.
This move is good on paper, but the Hornets should have been able to get Williams at a much more reasonable price. Looking forward, this move looks terrible because they are paying Williams top three on the team type money, when in reality the only reason he is starting is because they don’t have a quality player who could start at power forward for them.
13. Austin Rivers – L.A. Clippers (3 Years, $35.5 Million)
The Los Angeles Clippers and Austin Rivers agreed to a three year $35.5 million dollar contract in the 2016 off season after Rivers decline his player option. Austin Rivers had the best year of his career in 2016, but that is only because he is getting playing time with his dad being the head coach. Rivers showed that he can contribute when giving the minutes, but there is no way he should have made an average salary of $11.825 million before the 2016-17 season.
The Clippers are going to rely on Rivers more this season, but he will show that he is not worth the money that Los Angeles paid him. Looking forward this signing is terrible due to the fact that he is a role player who is getting paid more than $10 million a season because of who he is related to.
12. Al Jefferson – Indiana Pacers (3 Years, $30 Million)
The Indiana Pacers and Al Jefferson agreed to a 3 year $30 million contract in the 2016 offseason. This move made no sense due to the fact that Indiana already had their center of the future in Myles Turner, and Al Jefferson has been a good starting center during his NBA career. Having Jefferson to come in and mentor Turner is a smart move, but $10 million per season for a backup center is not what they should have done.
The signing is name based, and Jefferson deserves to be paid. At the same time though Indiana could of used some of that money on a position that they could have upgraded. Now looking at this signing a year later, with Paul George being traded is a bad one for Indiana. Mentoring Turner for a season to slowly become the face of the franchise is good and all, but long term this signing looks pretty bad.
11. Wesley Matthews – Dallas Mavericks (4 Years, $70 Million)
The Dallas Mavericks and Wesley Matthews agreed to a 4 year $70 million dollar contract in the 2015 off season. Now two years into the deal and looking at where the Mavericks are at the current state is not a good thing. Matthews has a player option after the 2017-18 season, and could very well opt out to ask for more money. Dallas decided that they were going to pay Matthews even though he tore his Achilles Tendon the season before.
Since signing with Dallas Matthews’ numbers have dropped enough to make you sit there and say, was it worth it? Looking forward, Dallas messed up because with Matthews tearing his Achilles Tendon the year before they could have signed him for less. A ‘prove it’ deal could have been established before Dallas agreeing with him long term, because it does not look like it has been worth it for both sides.
10. Matthew Dellavedova – Milwaukee Bucks (4 Years, $38.4 Million)
The Milwaukee Bucks and Matthew Dellavedova agreed to a 4 year $38.4 million contract in the 2016 offseason. Dellavedova did not perform like Milwaukee hoped in the 2016-17 campaign as he was outplayed by the rookie of the year Malcom Brogdon. Now Dellavedova is getting $9.6 million per season just to come off the bench. Dellavedova’s defense is the reason why he got paid the amount that he did, but even that should not be the reason he would get that kind of deal.
Looking forward the Bucks would like it if Dellavedova can contribute in a bench role, if not he will be traded to another team for something that could be of use to the Bucks. Milwaukee just has not had good luck with free agent signings over the past couple of seasons.
9. Ian Mahinmi – Washington Wizards (4 Years, $64 Million)
The Washington Wizards and Ian Mahinmi agreed to a four year $64 million dollar contract in the 2016 off season which made no sense then and it makes no sense now. Mahinmi made around $16 million last season only to appear in 31 games, and played just under 18 minutes per game. Not only were the Wizards just looking for a backup center, decided to over pay on Mahinmi who has not shown that he is worth a four year $64 million dollar contract.
Washington looking forward is really regretting paying Mahinmi the amount of money that they did. The Wizards will look to continue to see what happens with Mahinmi and see if it does not work out to move him and try to get something that could help them for the forseeable future.
8. Solomon Hill – New Orleans Pelicans (4 Years, $48 Million)
The New Orleans Pelicans and Solomon Hill agreed to a four year $48 million contract in the 2016 offseason. Hill started in the majority of games last season, but has not lived up to what the Pelicans thought he was going to be when they signed him. The Pelicans see something in Solomon Hill that not a lot of people see around the league, but that did not stop them from signing him to the contract that they did.
The average salary of $12 million per season for a guy that does not average over 10 PPG. They have a role player starting at the small forward position, which nine times out of ten does not end up well. Looking ahead the Pelicans will regret the signing of Solomon Hill more and more by the day.
7. Evan Turner – Portland Trail Blazers (4 Years, $70 Million)
The Portland Trail Blazers and Evan Turner agreed to a four year $70 million contract in the 2016 off season. Turner is a solid piece to have on your second unit, but he is not worth $17.5 million in average salary. He can come into the game and be effective, but at the same time should not be making that money while playing under 30 MPG. If Turner was a key piece for the Blazers I could understand it, but Portland is built around Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, while Turner is just a role player.
Moving forward Portland can realize that they did not really need Evan Turner like Evan Turner needed them. With that being said both sides should have never came together as one, and Portland should have gotten someone different to fill their small forward position.
6. Luol Deng – L.A. Lakers (4 Years, $72 Million)
The Los Angeles Lakers and Luol Deng agreed to a four year $72 million contract in the 2016 off season. Deng did not play well at all in his first season as a Laker, but he also doesn’t seem like a good fit for Los Angeles as well. He started over the rookie Brandon Ingram, but neither of them played good at all. Last season was the first time in Deng’s career that he averaged under 10 PPG, and really did not look like himself at all.
5. Joakim Noah – New York Knicks (4 Years, $72.59 Million)
The New York Knicks and Joakim Noah agreed to a four year $72.59 million contract in the 2016 offseason. This could be known as one of the worst signings over the past few seasons, but there are others that top it off. Noah only played in 46 games a season ago, and was not even effective when he was on the court. The signing took place after Noah missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury.
This move made absolutely no sense, and now it just looks like the biggest mistake. The Knicks are known for bad decisions, and this is one of the worst signings that they have had in a long time. Looking forward this could be one of the worst signings in recent memory, but there are still ones that are worse than Noah.
4. Allen Crabbe – Portland Trail Blazers (4 Years, $74.8 Million)
The Brooklyn Nets and Allen Crabbe agreed to a four year $74.8 million offer sheet in which Portland matched. Crabbe played alot for the Trailblazers, but did not have a spot on the team going into the 2017-2018 campaign. So oddly enough what did Portland do, yes you guessed it they traded him to Brooklyn. Now Crabbe will get playing time in Brooklyn, how does he play, which Crabbe shows up, etc.
Looking forward why did Portland match the offer only to trade him a year later to the team that you matched the offer for. Portland signing him long term is one mistake that Portland has seen and decided to not do ever again hopefully. Look to see worst signings then Allen Crabbe who seems to be nothing more than a role player.
3. Timofey Mozgov – Los Angeles Lakers (4 Years, $64 Million)
Timofey Mozgov and the Los Angeles Lakers signed a four year $64 million dollar contract in the 2016 off season. Mozgov has not been known for being a consistent scorer, and contributor in the NBA. The Lakers saw something that they liked in Mozgov and decided to sign him to that big contract. Looking at it now the Lakers decided to trade him and D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn for Brook Lopez. Now that he is in Brooklyn does he finally breakout.
No way that Mozgov will turn into a superstar in Brooklyn. The Nets took him in order to get rid of Brook Lopez, and the Nets will not be a contender for a while. Looking forward Mozgov will continue to struggle to contribute for the amount of money that he is getting paid.
2. Bismack Biyombo – Orlando Magic (4 Years, $72 Million)
The Orlando Magic and Bismack Biyombo agreed to a four year $72 million contract in the 2016 season. This signing made no sense since they have a good quality starting front court in Nikola Vucevic, and Aaron Gordon. The Magic had no reason to sign Biyombo for a contract worth $18 million a year, especially since they brought him in to be the backup. This move made no sense when it first happened and it still doesn’t make sense now.
Instead of holding on to Biyombo, they should move him to get something to help build a foundation for. Looking forward there is one signing that has been worse than this one, and it has strong reasons why it is going to top the list.
1. Chandler Parsons – Memphis Grizzlies (4 Years, $94.5 Million)
The Memphis Grizzlies and Chandler Parsons agreed to a four year $94.5 million contract in the 2016 offseason. Parsons had the worst year of his career in 2016-17 which was the first year of his brand new deal. Not only did he only play in 34 games, but he averaged a career low 6.2 PPG to go along with it. The Grizzlies thought that they had a good foundation in Parsons, Conley, and Gasol to build around, but now it looks like the Chandler Parsons’ signing has been the worst in the past three seasons.
Looking forward the Grizzlies have to pay Parsons a little over $23 million per season, and he has to be healthy in order for Memphis to want to keep him. If he is healthy he can be a good fit for the Grizzlies, but since he has struggled to stay healthy, this signing goes down as the worst in recent memory.
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