Sometimes, NBA GM’s make mistakes. It’s human nature. Sometimes they are hypnotized by players having a career year before they hit free agency, and proceed to lock them up for multiple years, paying them insane amounts of money per year, only for said player to fall off the cliff and become a negative for the organization, both on the court and in the books.

Usually, general managers can redeem themselves by trading away these players so other teams have to take on their huge contracts, but other times, they just have to bite the bullet and take a risk waiving the player in hopes of another team signing them. If not, then a franchise could be paying millions of dollars for several years for a player who isn’t even on the roster anymore, as we’re about to find out — hint: there’s a lot of them.

Reddit user Perksofthesewalls has gone to the effort of listing every one of these players who are being paid by teams they don’t even play for anymore, either via waives, retirements, or other contract shenanigans. Just a warning: Atlanta and Portland fans should look away now.


Atlanta Hawks

Former TeamPlayerGuaranteed Money OwedLast Season of Pay
 ATLDeAndre Liggins$26,7732017-18
 ATLMike Dunleavy$1,662,5002017-18
 ATLRichard Jefferson$2,500,002017-18
 ATLNicolas Brussino$1,312,6112017-18
 ATLJamal Crawford$13,246,9882018-19
 ATLJeremy Evans$50,0002017-18
 ATLDiamond Stone$1,312,6112017-18
 ATLQuinn Cook$100,0002017-18


Brooklyn Nets

 BKNSean Kilpatrick$1,524,3052017-18
 BKNDeron Williams$16,500,0002019-20


Boston Celtics

 BOSDemetrius Jackson$650,0002022-23


Chicago Bulls

 CHIJarell Eddie$17,2242017-18
 CHIDwyane Wade$15,550,0002017-18
 CHIDiamond Stone$50,0002017-18
 CHIIsaiah Canaan$200,0002017-18
 CHIRajon Rondo$3,000,0002017-18
 CHIKay Felder$456,5292018-19


Dallas Mavericks

 DALGal Mekel$315,7602017-18
 DALJeff Withey$350,0002018-19


Denver Nuggets

DENJameer Nelson$4,736,0502017-18


Detroit Pistons

 DETMichael Gbinjie$500,0002017-18
 DETBeen Udrih$25,0002017-18
 DETAaron Gray$452,0592017-18
 DETJosh Smith$16,200,0002019-20


Golden State Warriors

GSWJason Thompson$1,890,2522018-19


Houston Rockets

 HOUChris Johnson$25,0002017-18
 HOUCameron Oliver$300,0002017-18
 HOUIsaiah Canaan$53,4652017-18


Indiana Pacers

INDGeorges Niang$100,0002017-18
 INDRakeem Christmas$172,5222017-18
 INDMonta Ellis$11,227,0002021-22


Los Angeles Clippers

 LACPaul Pierce$1,096,0802017-18
 LACCarlos Delfino$1,300,0002018-19
 LACMiroslav Raduljica$600,0002018-19
 LACJordan Farmar$510,9212017-18


Los Angeles Lakers

 LALV.J. Beachem$50,0002017-18
 LALBriante Weber$50,0002017-18


Memphis Grizzlies

MEMRade Zagorac$2,328,2422018-19
 MEMWade Baldwin$1,874,4002017-18


Milwaukee Bucks

 MILGary Payton II$50,0002017-18
 MILSpencer Hawes$6,021,1752017-18
 MILJalen Moore$50,0002017-18
 MILLarry Sanders$9,327,7352021-22


Minnesota Timberwolves

 MINKevin Martin$2,720,6102018-19
 MINNikola Pekovic$50,0002017-18


New Orleans Pelicans

NOPQuinn Cook$25,0002017-18
 NOPJordan Crawford$250,0002017-18
 NOPAlex Toupane$25,0002017-18


New York Knicks

 NYKMarshall Plumlee$100,0002017-18
 NYKNigel Hayes$50,0002017-18
 NYKMindaugas Kuzminskas$3,025,0352017-18


Oklahoma City Thunder

OKCRonnie Price$2,442,4552017-18


Orlando Magic

 ORLC.J. Watson$1,000,0002019-20


Philadelphia 76ers

 PHITIbor Pleiss$500,0002017-18
 PHIGerald Henderson$1,000,0002017-18


Phoenix Suns

 PHXLeandro Barbosa$500,0002017-18
 PHXMike James$50,0002017-18


Portland Trail Blazers

PORAnderson Varejao$7,653,3802020-21
 PORFestus Ezeli$1,000,0002019-20
 PORAndrew Nicholson$19,911,0032023-24


Sacramento Kings

 SACCaron Butler$1,034,4402018-19
 SACArron Afflalo$1,500,0002017-18
 SACAnthony Tolliver$2,000,0002017-18
 SACMatt Barnes$6,400,6252019-20


San Antonio Spurs

SASLivio Jean-Charles$1,035,2002017-18
 SASTim Duncan$3,762,5002018-19


Toronto Raptors

TORK.J. McDaniels$100,0002017-18
 TORJustin Hamilton$3,000,0002019-20


Utah Jazz

 UTAJoel Bolomboy$1,312,6112017-18
 UTAEric Griffin$50,0002017-18


Washington Wizards

WASCarrick Felix$140,9022017-18
 WASDaniel Ochefu$50,0002017-18
 WASMartell Webster$1,660,0002018-19


The Atlanta Hawks are paying a whopping eight players for their services even though those eight players aren’t even with the team anymore. Portland will be forking out over $28 million until 2024 for three players who will never play for them again, and the Trail Blazers also are paying Andrew Nicholson almost $20 million alone for the next six years.

Portland fans, we have you in our thoughts.

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