Over the course of the years, and with the salary cap rising so quickly, teams GMs have made a dozen of questionable deals they just wind up regretting after a handful of games, overpaying for washed out players.
Either because ballers age and they’re just not able to live up to their deal, or because young players surgeon cheaper deals and become more productive or just because of injuries, there are a lot of bad deals in the NBA nowadays.
Those deals are terrible because the player becomes pretty much untradeable, with no one willing to absorb that kind of contract and pay a lot of money to a guy that can contribute, unless the trading team also sends away a lot of assets to make it interesting.
For most cases, those contracts just wind up being bought out, something that represents a huge expense for the franchises. Today, we’re going to name you the top 10 most untradeable players in the league right now.
10. Iman Shumpert – $10,337,079
Besides the 10 million dollars the Cleveland Cavaliers owe Shumpert this year, they also owe them over 11 million for the upcoming season, something quite unexplainable considering they’ve been trying to get rid of him for years now.
Shumpert’s offensive game has become nonexistent, he’s struggled with injuries and he’s failed to keep up on the defensive end as well, his lone strong point. Also, he’s only been able to make 14 appearances so far this season.
9. JR Smith – $13,760,000
After being one of their key elements during their Championship run, JR Smith’s performances have become horrid in both ends of the floor, struggling to get his shot falling and being constantly lost in defensive assignments.
To make things even worse, the Cavs still owe him 14.7 million next year and 15.6 the one after that and considering his partying history and undisciplined behavior, no big market would risk that kind of money on a 32-year-old shooting 38%.
8. Ian Mahinmi – $16,000,000
Ian Mahinmi is quite a solid rotation player, but he’s never going to be something more than that, so the kind of deal he signed made absolutely no sense considering he’s set to make 48 million over the next three seasons.
The Wizards could definitely do better than a tweener big man with no range that averages 4.3 points and 3.8 boards on barely 15 minutes per game, especially considering he’s set to turn 32 years old.
7. Tristan Thompson – $16,400,000
Well, the Cleveland Cavaliers are pretty much on a mess right now with three players on this list, but LeBron James has to take the whole blame for this deal as he pushed for Thompson to stay and get paid a lot from the Front Office.
Over the course of seasons, Dan Gilbert has been right with the lack of confidence he had on TT, and he’s even lost most of his feel for the offensive board, the main reason why they signed him. Also, they owe him almost 36 million dollars for the next two seasons.
6. Bismack Biyombo – $17,000,000
Bismack Biyombo did just about enough during his last couple of months as a member of the Raptors to get paid big time by the Orlando Magic, who still owe him 34 million over the next couple of campaigns.
Biyombo was set to become the Magic’s main go down low with his rim protection abilities, but his averages of 5.7 points, 5.9 boards in just under 20 minutes per game have been far from impressive.
5. Luol Deng – $17,190,000
Luol Deng has only made one appearance this year, and he only played for 13 minutes, but he’s still making 17.190.000 million dollars this year, something like 1.3 million dollars per minute played.
Deng is no part of the Lakers future, yet he refuses to be bought out, and nobody’s going to trade for a 32-year-old veteran with little left on the tank, especially considering they’d have to pay him 18 and 18.8 million dollars over the next two seasons.
4. Joakim Noah – $17,765,000
Joakim Noah’s career has taken a major downfall ever since becoming a perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate, and even leading the Bulls’ offense at times with his crafty playmaking abilities.
Now, the New York Knicks haven’t been able to trade him, yet they refuse to use him following an injury-plagued season that ended up on a suspension. To make things worse, they still owe him 18.5 million and 19.2 million respectively, but the team rejected the possibility of a buyout.
3. Allen Crabbe – $18,500,000
Allen Crabbe has been a major disappointment for the Brooklyn Nets this season after posting averages of 11.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 0.6 steals per game on a horrid 38% shooting, and he’s looking way more like a fluke than a snubbed talented player.
The Portland Trail Blazers decided to match the offer the Nets had made while he was an unrestricted free agent, but it didn’t take them much to realize it was a huge mistake. Also, Brooklyn has to pay them 19.3 and 18.5 million dollars for the upcoming campaigns.
2. Chandler Parsons – $23,112,004
Chandler Parsons has been struggling to stay healthy and actually help for the sluggish Memphis Grizzlies, with injuries making his performances take a huge toll and not even being able to suit up for most of the time.
Parsons doesn’t look like the kind of player he was prior to this signing, and the fans booing him hasn’t made much to fix this situation. Also, the Grizzlies owe him almost 50 million dollars beyond this season, and nobody’s going to absorb that deal unless he breaks out aggressively the next year.
1. Mike Conley – $28,530,608
Mike Conley’s deal has never made any sense, and even though we believe he’s one of the most underrated players in the league, he’s not the kind of top-tier scorer, defender or playmaker worthy of this kind of dough.
Also, he’s barely been able to play this year with an Achilles injury, and the Grizzlies still have to pay him almost 100 million dollars over the next three years beyond this season, and let’s not forget the fact that he’s already 30 years old. Yikes.