Big contracts aren’t always rewarded with big performances, and teams constantly tend to overpay players that have a pretty decent skill set but just doesn’t seem to fit in their scheme, having to be dealt in order to acquire better talents that can make the system work.
Or sometimes, teams tend to pay a lot of money to some guys that don’t have much help and with the franchise looking to tank with their season already down the toilet, they need to move these veterans to in exchange for some young assets to help hem in the future.
This situation is precisely what was happening with Timofey Mozgov, a very talented center that can still help a lot of teams but that didn’t fit in the Lakers despite Los Angeles signing him on a very lucrative deal earlier in the season, and it’s very likely that it also happens with the 10 other guys that we’re about to name in this list.
10. Evan Turner
The Blazers got Turner until 2020. on a 70 million $ contract, but RIP City is not getting nearly as they expected out of the guard/forward, who merely averaged 9 points with 3.8 boards and 3.2 dimes per contest in 28 minutes per game on a horrid 23.6% from beyond the arc with 1.9 turnovers per game, making him a primary trade target for the Blazers as they could definitely use way more help off the bench.
9. Moe Harkless
The 4 year power forward was yet another disappointing addition for the Portland Trail Blazers, although his contract is way cheaper than Turner’s signing him through the 2020 season on a 4 year 42 million deal, but his averages of 10 points and 4.4 boards hasn’t been quite impressive and his defense has been subpar at best, and his lack of range is definitely a huge concern due to some spacing problems.
8. Joakim Noah
The former Defensive Player of the Year was one of the biggest busts of the season and one of the biggest mistakes committed by Phil Jackson this year, as Noah struggled mightily in every single aspect of the game while also being constantly injured and if that wasn’t bad enough, he got a suspension for PED use. With the Knicks owning his rights until 2020 on a 4 year 75 million deal, he’s a primary buyout candidate for this upcoming season.
7. Luol Deng
Another former Bull makes our list, as Deng was one of the most talented two-way players in the league and used to lead Chicago’s offense, but his prime is far behind him and he’s actually not needed in the young Lakers whatsoever. His 4 year 72 million contract will be a huge issue when it comes to a trade, but he’s not expected to be in the rotation as long as Brandon Ingram stays healthy and Paul George stays as their primary target for the next offseason, so expect Los Angeles to buy him out pretty soon.
6. Ian Mahinmi
The Washington Wizards signed the French big man through the 2020 season on a 4 year 64 million contract, but they haven’t got much in return for their substitute center, whose averages of 5.6 points and 4.8 boards per games have been less than impressive, and his development has stalled and even regressed after a very nice season the prior year with the Indiana Pacers, and with the Wizards keen to go small to try and matchup with the Celtics and Cavs, expect them to try to get rid of Mahinmi.
5. Marvin Williams
Williams wasn’t nearly as productive as Charlotte’s front office expected, averaging 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds at both forward spots but mightily struggling on the defensive end of the floor and being a very mediocre shooter from beyond the arc. Still, he could be a nice addition to a contending team off the bench, but the biggest concern about him right now is the fact that he’s already turned 31 and the Hornets still owe him nearly 30 million dollars.
4. Solomon Hill
With the current lack of talented small forwards, Hill seems like a cheap and decent option for the New Orleans Pelicans, signing him through 4 years for 48 million dollars, but his struggles in both ends of the court, especially on offense, have raised a lot of concerns regarding his ability to produce in Alvin Gentry’s team, and with New Orleans entering win-now mode, expect them to try to trade Hill during this offseason.
3. John Henson
Henson was one of the most exciting prospects during the Larry Sanders era in Milwaukee, but he never got much time to prove his worth. Still, after Sanders left the team he overplayed Greg Monroe and got to play with the team’s first unit. Sadly, he’s struggled with foul trouble and hasn’t produced much despite being a great rim protector with his impressionable wingspan and athleticism, so he could be a very intriguing asset for a team in need of a big man to lock down the paint, as he’s still owed almost 30 millions and has a couple of years left on his contract.
2. Jon Leuer
Leuer is currently in the 2nd season of his 4-year 42 million contract with the Detroit Pistons, but with Detroit reportedly looking to rebuild, expect them to try and clear some cap space sending this big guy away, as he hasn’t been the most consistent player in Van Gundy’s squad as a horrid three point shooter and mediocre rebounder, failing to thrive either as a power forward or a center and averaging just over 10 points and 5 boards per game on 48% from the field and under 30% from beyond the arc.
1. Jerryd Bayless
Bayless is a more than capable second point guard, and he could definitely provide some significant help for a team that needs help in their second unit, but with the Sixers currently having Markelle Fultz and TJ McConnell as well as Ben Simmons on the squad, Philly doesn’t need another ball handler in their squad, so they should try to move him and his 2-year deal that already has 18 million dollars left as well.