Upon news of the Houston Rockets buying out Derek Fisher's contract, eventual and immediate buyouts of other unnecessary contracts are likely to occur. The question is, who deserves such treatment?
While not every buyout will occur before season's end, there are quite a few names that should make the list of those who deserve to be gone. Whether their contracts are far too hefty or their play just doesn't merit the financial obligation, here are the names you should know that desperately need to go.
As much as I like Hakim Warrick, paying him $4.0 million is absolutely outrageous.
So is the fact that they're taking playing time away from rookie Markieff Morris to salvage the player they bet the bank on...and failed.
Cut him loose and let him start over elsewhere for a more reasonable deal.
Someone explain to me why Luke Walton is making $5.68 million this year. He might be a great teammate, but he hasn't averaged greater than 10 minutes since 2010.
Ronny Turiaf is making $4.36 million in 2012. Seriously.
As solid as Turiaf is on the defensive end, he's now on a depth chart that includes JaVale McGee, Chris Andersen, Al Harrington, Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, and Faried. The issue is, of the six players listed, he's behind all of them.
Also of the six players listed, he's making more money than all but Harrington.
Buy him out.
For the simple sake of decency, buy out Toney Douglas' contract.
The 26-year-old guard started the season off as the Knicks' starting point guard. Today? He has played in one game since a three minute appearance against the Utah Jazz on February 8th.
Don't ruin his career, cut him loose and let him attempt to salvage something elsewhere.
A few years ago, Andres Nocioni was one of the most promising players in the NBA. He could shoot as well as anyone, and for the Chicago Bulls, was valuable a player as any.
In 2012, Nocioni is averaging 5.1 minutes per contest and has failed to appear in 32 games. He's also making $6.65 million.
Buy him out.