NBA Trade Speculation: 10 Current Contracts That May Prove Impossible to Move
The NBA is all aflutter with the potential amnesty provision in the new collective bargaining agreement, but what if it becomes one of the concessions made, or better yet, what if it isn't as beneficial as originally believed?
There are a variety of player contracts out there that would be certainties under such a provision, causing certain fans and owners, and perhaps even players, to rejoice.
That being said, these certainties under the amnesty clause become not-so-certain if we put them on the trade block.
These are the contracts that may be easily fixed under an amnesty agreement, but near-impossible to shake via trade.
Drew Gooden of Milwaukee Bucks
The $26 million plus that Drew Gooden is due over the next four seasons is completely unreasonable.
Gooden put up 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season. His career has been a roller coaster of a ride for the past few seasons and now that he is over 30, the oft injured power forward is a major liability for any team, including the Bucks.
Milwaukee's best option would be to waive him via proposed amnesty clause, but if that falls through, they are stuck with him for at least another three-years, when his contract nears expiration and he holds actual trade value.
There were plenty of lucrative contracts signed list summer, and Gooden's was arguably one of the most ill-advised of them all.
Andris Biedrins of Golden State Warriors
Andris Biedrins is slated to make $9 million per year over the next three seasons, and will not be able to be moved until the final year of the contract.
Biedrins, in terms of height, is the largest culprit on the docket, putting up an average of five points and 7.2 rebounds per game last season. For his career, Biedrins is only a 7.7 points and eight rebounds per game guy, and apparently that is worth nearly $10 million a season.
As the Warriors look to upgrade their defense and establish a team identity, Biedrins is a major hindrance. He is not especially athletic nor a great shot blocker like someone his size should be.
Biedrins has a player option for 2013-2014 season, one you can bet he is going to exercise. It is at that time, as his conract approaches expiration that he becomes movable.
Travis Outlaw of New Jersey Nets
Travis Outlaw is due $7 million per year over the next four seasons, a contract that the New Jersey Nets may find impossible to deal.
Outlaw averaged 9.2 points and four rebounds in nearly 30 minutes per game for the lowly Nets last season. While he is only 27, he has never blossomed into the player the Porltand Trail Blazers thought he would be when they originally drafted him eight-years ago.
While Outlaw's stats are not the worst of the bunch, he was getting substantial minutes on a young and inexperienced team. It will be interesting to see how he fairs with Deron Williams this season, as he is likely to get easy buckets, but there are younger players New Jersey could favor.
Unless the Nets plan to deal Williams, and pair him with Outlaw's bolstered contract, his chances of being moved outside of the amnesty clause is slim to none.
Joe Johnson of Atlanta Hawks
Joe Johnson signed a fat contract with the Atlanta Hawks last summer, one that made outsiders cringe and one he has five-years and over $107 million left on.
After averaging 21.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game the season before, Johnson followed up with averages of 18.2 points and four rebounds per game this past season. The numbers are solid, but not worth the check he cuts, especially considering at 30, it is unlikely he gets any better.
Johnson still has the ability to be effective, so out of fear of another team signing him on the cheap and wasting their investment, Atlanta is probably not going to use the amnesty clause on him given the opportunity. That being said, it is unlikely they find a team willing to take on the shooting guards contract.
Until about four-years from now when his deal is about to expire that is.
It seems the Hawks are just going to have to suck it up for the time being and hope for the best from Johnson.
Darko Milicic of Minnesota Timberwolves
Darko Milicic's contract is not one of the more lucrative deals, but he is one of the biggest busts of all-time that we can only guess no one would want to take on for the next three-years and nearly $11 million left on his contract.
Last season, Milicic had his best season over his eight-year career, averaging 8.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and two blocks per game. Those numbers seem solid, but for an athlete who has made a name for himself by being a major disappointment. acquiring him is too much of a risk for all teams involved.
Will he be cut by the amnesty clause? Who knows, but the trade market for him is likely to prove nonexistent.
And that means that he may prove near impossible to move, unless of course the Timberwolves pair him with Kevin Love.
Josh Childress of Phoenix Suns
Josh Childress' contract is a straight up disaster.
Despite averaging only five points and 2.9 rebounds per game last season, Childress is slated to make over $26.5 million over the next four-years, assuming he picks up his team option on the last one, which how could he not?
Childress is basically a non-factor on both ends of the floor, and let his numbers slip substantially last season, only his fifth in the league.
Aside from the amnesty clause, the Phoenix Suns' best bet is too attach him to Steve Nash and move him out that way. That being said, even that may not prove to be possible as Nash is at the tail end of his career.
For the time being at least, Childress' contract is surely near immovable in trade negotiations. Unless of course Isiah Thomas is setting up shop with another organization sometime soon.
Rahsard Lewis of Washington Wizards
Rashard Lewis is due over $45 million over the next two years, an average of about $22.5 million per season.
Last season, spending time with both the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards, Lewis put up a combined 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Not exactly worth every penny of his salary is he?
Lewis signed for six-years and $128 million back in 2006, a contract the Magic have lived to regret. Ever since he signed the deal his production has been in a steady decline and he is a shell of the former all-star sharp shooter we came to embrace.
If Orlando wants to rid themselves of this deal before next season, they better hope everything goes according to plan in terms of the amnesty clause, because right now, Lewis' contract is unmovabole.
Richard Jefferson of San Antonio Spurs
Richard Jefferson is due over $30 million the next three season, despite becoming one of the least effective players the Spurs currently boast.
Last season, in over 30 minutes per game, Jefferson put up a meager 11 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. The high-flying tendencies that sparked his claim to fame are not as evident, and he is a major liability on the defensive end.
San Antonio's best chance of moving Jefferson would be to attach him with a caliber player like Tony Parker, but since he is making big dollars himself, San Antonio would be hard pressed to find a team willing to take on both.
If Jefferson isn't waived under the amnesty clause, the Spurs are most likely going to have hold onto him for another two seasons, and wait for his contract to near its expiration.
Elton Brand of Philadelphia 76ers
Until Elton Brand enters the final year of his contract in 2012-2013, his trade value is near nonexistent as he is owed over $35 million the next two seasons.
Brand averaged 15 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game last season, not terrible numbers but not worth the amount of money he is being paid. Brand is 32, and while he can still be effective, he is an injury risk, one that few teams, if any, want to have on the payroll for the next two years.
The five-year nearly $80 million contract Brand inked is a near bust. He has not averaged 20 or more points per game since signing and has failed to rebound 10 or more a game as well.
If Philly wants to rid themselves of Brand, its best bet is the potential amnesty provision, as Brand holds little or no trade value until the final year of his deal.
Gilbert Arenas of Orlando Magic
Gilbert Arenas is far removed from his days as a dominant player on both ends of the ball. That being said, he is still paid like he is; Arenas is due over $42 million the next three seasons.
Arenas is sure to be a strong candidate for the Magic to waive, and one cannot blame them because his contract is the most unmovable of them all. Despite making the big bucks, Arenas averaged a mere 10.8 points and 3.9 assists per game.
Inconsistency is something that Arenas has become accustomed to, and it seems no fresh start can help him regain his former composure. He is nowhere near the athlete he used to be, and is a non-factor in trade negotiations as it is more than unlikely anyone is willing to take him on.
Unless the Wizards and Magic want to call a redo and flip Rashard Lewis and Arenas once again.
Undoubtedly such a turn of a events will not happen, making the amnesty clause Orlando's last shot to rid themselves of this ghastly contract before the 2013-2014 campaign.
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