With the trade deadline coming up, and a lot of talk about salary cap space, I wanted to look into some of the best and worst deals in the NBA.
5. Mehmet Okur (Utah): $8.5 million
A pure shooter and a very versatile big man, Okur has really played big for the Jazz in the past few years, and will surely be receiving a pay increase when his contract expires.
4. Devin Harris (New Jersey): $7.8 million
His team may not be in first place, but the kid has been playing phenomenal and could really be headed for some bank when his contract expires.
3. Manu Ginobili (San Antonio): $9.9 million
A top 15-20 player in the league, Ginobili has been dominate at times in his career, and should easily be making $12-15 million a year easy.
2. Luis Scola (Houston): $3.1 million
Scola has really translated his game well into the NBA, and has become a really solid role player, and one hell of a steal at only $3 million a year.
1. Hedo Turkoglu (Orlando): $6.84 million
This one shocked me a little. The Magic’s go-to-guy, Mr. 4th quarter himself, is earning under $7 million a year. He has been huge for them and earns less than half of Rashard Lewis' contract. That's the definition of bargain.
Honorable Mention: Jameer Nelson, John Salmons, Caron Butler, David West
5. Ben Wallace (Cleveland): $14.5 million
I like Wallace, but the fact of the matter is he just doesn't produce on the offensive end. He is a dismal shooter, especially at the free throw line, and only averages three points and six rebounds a game. At $14.5 million, that's just theft.
4. Kenyon Martin (Denver): $14.4 million
Kenyon is a solid big man and shoots at a high percentage, so he does make for a good role player, but he is set to make almost $50 million over the next three years, and that's just not role player money.
3. Eddy Curry (New York): $9.8 million
I was hesitant to include him because of his injuries, but I looked back on how he played prior to his injury, and making over $30 million in three years at his level of play is just unfair.
2. Andrei Kirilenko (Utah): $15.1 million
I'm a Kirilenko fan and have been disappointed at his steady decline after 2005. He is a defensive machine and a smart player, but he just hasn't been playing to his full abilities, and certainly not to his paycheck.
1. Zach Randolph (Los Angeles): $14.7 million
I won't argue that the man can score, but he is a bad passer and a turnover machine (2.1 assists and 2.6 turnovers a game). He is also known to be a bad teammate and disrupt a team’s chemistry, so at $50 million over three years, Zach Randolph is the ultimate rip-off.
Honorable Mention: Erick Dampier, Jermaine O'Neal, Bobby Simmons
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