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The Contract Every NBA Team Wishes It Could Void

Elton Brand

Elton Brand (photo. Converse)

On Twitter a couple weeks ago, WFAN Radio’s (New York) Evan Roberts tweeted a suggestion that as part of the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, each team should be allowed to void one bad contract. I thought that was an interesting idea, and did some research, and here is one contract each NBA team would probably like to void:

Note: Contracts that expire after this season were not included on this list. All contracts listed here have at least one year remaining on them.


New Jersey Nets: Travis Outlaw

After the Nets missed out on all the major 2010 free agents, they were left scrambling for the remains of the 2010 free agent class. Their first “splash” was giving Travis Outlaw a five-year, $35 million contract. Everyone knew the team overpaid at the time, and Outlaw’s first season with the Nets has just reinforced that belief as he has averaged just over nine points while losing his starting job to rookie Damion James.

Philadelphia 76ers: Elton Brand

Brand has played well this season, leading the Sixers in scoring and rebounding as they look to be headed to the playoffs after missing them last year. Despite that, he is owed nearly $35 million over the next two years, which is near maximum money for a non-max player – especially one who has been so inconsistent and injury prone over his tenure in Philly.

Toronto Raptors: Jose Calderon

Calderon is a solid NBA point guard, and is averaging over nine assists per game for the Raptors, but for a team that is embarking on a serious rebuilding project, I don’t see him staying with the team longterm. He is owed an average of $10 million each of the next two years, and that money could be better spent by Toronto on younger, cheaper talent.

Boston Celtics: Jermaine O’Neal

The Celtics have O’Neal signed for over $6 million next season, and while he provides depth for them, the Celtics need money to re-sign Glen Davis. Plus, O’Neal has only played in 17 games this season. Finding a healthier, more productive alternative is something the Celtics would probably be interested in.

New York Knicks: Renaldo Balkman

The Knicks have an interesting salary situation. All of their salary is essentially concentrated in three players – Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire – none of whose contracts the Knicks would be interested in voiding. Balkman is slated for a $1.6 million salary in 2012-13 which means his salary would hinder the cap room the Knicks would have in the summer of 2012, making his the contract the one the Knicks would like to void.

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  • yoda

    first, knicks should void carmelo’s contract. he’s overpaid bum who will ruin that team.
    as for lakers, are you crazy? ron? i know he has his issues, but he keeps playing better and better. if you said luke, then i’d say maybe. but ron…? i don’t think so.

  • 1-2

    how is luke walton not the contract the lakers want to shed?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9RJbLV98fI Showtime

    The Lakers want to shred Artest’s contract because he sprayed cologne on a reporter? That’s like the worst incident he was involved since Sacramento as he was a relatively good soldier in Houston and LA last year.

    U sure they don’t want to get rid of Luke Walton’s useless ass who makes 5 or 6 million?

    Also please stop stop mentioning Lance Stephenson and talent in the same sentence right now. Dude is a bum. It’s not a shame, we’ve all believed in players were we thought they would make an impact in the league but at some point you just have to admit you were WRONG

  • uqk

    Artest is the reason lakers win last championship with his clutch play…

  • uqk

    @4-5 million/year for Milicic is a bargain price for starting center…compared to cuban contract for center

  • ctkennedy

    i think memphis would pick rudy gay
    atlanta would pick josh smith

  • http://www.dynastybasketball.net/ sean.dynastybball

    I would like to shed this article from Dime’s salary cap. Somewhere between 75 and 85% of this article is garbage and the reasons for voiding a player’s contract are mind numbing. The Al Jefferson argument is puzzling.

  • Diggity Dave

    Bosh being overpaid is funny. He’s the THIRD option on a team with Wade and Lebron. Otherwise he’d be scoring a ton more. Biased journalism ftl.

  • http://deleted dagwaller

    Ugh I had a big comment that got erased, and now I’m salty about it.

    The gist of the comment was, “Great article, big balls for attempting such a sweeping commentary, I agree with most and disagree with others, and here they are…”

  • uqk

    and btw…vince carter made 17 million this year

  • King

    why would i click on 7 links to continue reading this. put the shit one one page and stop the BS

  • jmg

    ARTEST?? Dime is retarded and you never go full retard!! It should definitely be Luke Walton!!!

  • NTstateOFmind

    LOL @sean.dynastybball

    thats the truth

  • Daniel Marks

    Artest was chosen over Walton because Kupchak thought about trading him earlier this year, and if things go wrong I think he’s the first to go. Eventually he is going to wear out his welcome in LA.

    Also, re: the Jefferson argument. The Jazz are not going to be a playoff team over the next two seasons in the West without Williams. Why pay Jefferson 2 years at $29 million when it won’t help team make the playoffs

  • neoy

    this article is so stupid, aside from all the points peeps have pointed out
    NICK COLLION has the BEST contract in the NBA, it is one of the most cleverly designed contracts ever

    if a team doesnt really have a bad contract then dont mention anything

  • yoda

    who said mitch wanted to trade artest? as far as i know, he said just after lost few bad games that he might consider a trade, but never said for what player ( common rumor was bynum and lamar for melo).

  • the truth

    @ showtime
    lance is a rookie, you’re an idiot for judging a player during his rookie year, nice insight lol