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 Team Player Guaranteed Money Owed Last Season of Pay
 ATL DeAndre Liggins $26,773 2017-18
 ATL Mike Dunleavy $1,662,500 2017-18
 ATL Richard Jefferson $2,500,00 2017-18
 ATL Nicolas Brussino $1,312,611 2017-18
 ATL Jamal Crawford $13,246,988 2018-19
 ATL Jeremy Evans $50,000 2017-18
 ATL Diamond Stone $1,312,611 2017-18
 ATL Quinn Cook $100,000 2017-18

 

Brooklyn Nets

 BKN Sean Kilpatrick $1,524,305 2017-18
 BKN Deron Williams $16,500,000 2019-20

 

Boston Celtics

 BOS Demetrius Jackson $650,000 2022-23

 

Chicago Bulls

 CHI Jarell Eddie $17,224 2017-18
 CHI Dwyane Wade $15,550,000 2017-18
 CHI Diamond Stone $50,000 2017-18
 CHI Isaiah Canaan $200,000 2017-18
 CHI Rajon Rondo $3,000,000 2017-18
 CHI Kay Felder $456,529 2018-19

 

Dallas Mavericks

 DAL Gal Mekel $315,760 2017-18
 DAL Jeff Withey $350,000 2018-19

 

Denver Nuggets

DEN Jameer Nelson $4,736,050 2017-18

 

Detroit Pistons

 DET Michael Gbinjie $500,000 2017-18
 DET Been Udrih $25,000 2017-18
 DET Aaron Gray $452,059 2017-18
 DET Josh Smith $16,200,000 2019-20

 

Golden State Warriors

GSW Jason Thompson $1,890,252 2018-19

 

Houston Rockets

 HOU Chris Johnson $25,000 2017-18
 HOU Cameron Oliver $300,000 2017-18
 HOU Isaiah Canaan $53,465 2017-18

 

Indiana Pacers

IND Georges Niang $100,000 2017-18
 IND Rakeem Christmas $172,522 2017-18
 IND Monta Ellis $11,227,000 2021-22

 

Los Angeles Clippers

 LAC Paul Pierce $1,096,080 2017-18
 LAC Carlos Delfino $1,300,000 2018-19
 LAC Miroslav Raduljica $600,000 2018-19
 LAC Jordan Farmar $510,921 2017-18

 

Los Angeles Lakers

 LAL V.J. Beachem $50,000 2017-18
 LAL Briante Weber $50,000 2017-18

 

Memphis Grizzlies

MEM Rade Zagorac $2,328,242 2018-19
 MEM Wade Baldwin $1,874,400 2017-18

 

Milwaukee Bucks

 MIL Gary Payton II $50,000 2017-18
 MIL Spencer Hawes $6,021,175 2017-18
 MIL Jalen Moore $50,000 2017-18
 MIL Larry Sanders $9,327,735 2021-22

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

 MIN Kevin Martin $2,720,610 2018-19
 MIN Nikola Pekovic $50,000 2017-18

 

New Orleans Pelicans

NOP Quinn Cook $25,000 2017-18
 NOP Jordan Crawford $250,000 2017-18
 NOP Alex Toupane $25,000 2017-18

 

New York Knicks

 NYK Marshall Plumlee $100,000 2017-18
 NYK Nigel Hayes $50,000 2017-18
 NYK Mindaugas Kuzminskas $3,025,035 2017-18

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

OKC Ronnie Price $2,442,455 2017-18

 

Orlando Magic

 ORL C.J. Watson $1,000,000 2019-20

 

Philadelphia 76ers

 PHI TIbor Pleiss $500,000 2017-18
 PHI Gerald Henderson $1,000,000 2017-18

 

Phoenix Suns

 PHX Leandro Barbosa $500,000 2017-18
 PHX Mike James $50,000 2017-18

 

Portland Trail Blazers

POR Anderson Varejao $7,653,380 2020-21
 POR Festus Ezeli $1,000,000 2019-20
 POR Andrew Nicholson $19,911,003 2023-24

 

Sacramento Kings

 SAC Caron Butler $1,034,440 2018-19
 SAC Arron Afflalo $1,500,000 2017-18
 SAC Anthony Tolliver $2,000,000 2017-18
 SAC Matt Barnes $6,400,625 2019-20

 

San Antonio Spurs

SAS Livio Jean-Charles $1,035,200 2017-18
 SAS Tim Duncan $3,762,500 2018-19

 

Toronto Raptors

TOR K.J. McDaniels $100,000 2017-18
 TOR Justin Hamilton $3,000,000 2019-20

 

Utah Jazz

 UTA Joel Bolomboy $1,312,611 2017-18
 UTA Eric Griffin $50,000 2017-18

 

Washington Wizards

WAS Carrick Felix $140,902 2017-18
 WAS Daniel Ochefu $50,000 2017-18
 WAS Martell Webster $1,660,000 2018-19

 

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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