As an NBA fan, it`s always exciting to see your team sign a big-name player to a massive contract. However, as we`ve seen time and time again, not all contracts are created equal. In fact, some are downright disastrous. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the worst NBA contracts ever.

Number 5: Joakim Noah – 4 years, $72 million (New York Knicks)

For a player who had been a two-time All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year in his prime, the New York Knicks thought they were getting a steal when they signed Joakim Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract in 2016. Unfortunately, Noah`s time with the Knicks was plagued by injuries and a suspension for violating the NBA`s drug policy. He played in just 53 games over two seasons, averaging just 4.6 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.

Number 4: Gilbert Arenas – 6 years, $111 million (Washington Wizards)

In 2008, the Washington Wizards signed Gilbert Arenas to a six-year, $111 million contract extension. At the time, Arenas was coming off back-to-back All-Star appearances and was considered one of the best scoring guards in the league. However, injuries and off-court issues derailed his career and the Wizards were left paying him an absurd amount of money to sit on the bench. He played just 47 games over the final three years of his contract, averaging 10.7 points per game.

Number 3: Eddy Curry – 6 years, $60 million (New York Knicks)

Eddy Curry was a highly-touted high school prospect who was selected fourth overall in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls. He was traded to the New York Knicks in 2005 and signed a six-year, $60 million contract extension shortly after. Curry had a decent first season with the Knicks, averaging 19.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. However, injuries and poor conditioning derailed his career and he played in just 10 games over the final three years of his contract.

Number 2: Allan Houston – 6 years, $100 million (New York Knicks)

In 2001, the New York Knicks signed Allan Houston to a six-year, $100 million contract extension. At the time, Houston was one of the best shooting guards in the league and had just led the Knicks to the Eastern Conference Finals. However, injuries began to take their toll and Houston played in just 70 games over the final three years of his contract. He retired in 2005, but the Knicks were still on the hook for the remaining $40 million on his contract.

Number 1: Jerome James – 5 years, $30 million (New York Knicks)

It`s hard to imagine a worse contract than the one the New York Knicks gave Jerome James in 2005. James was coming off a strong playoff performance with the Seattle SuperSonics and the Knicks thought they were getting a solid backup center. Instead, James played in just 90 games over four seasons, averaging 2.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. The Knicks waived him in 2009, but still had to pay him the remaining $18.5 million on his contract.

In conclusion, while these five contracts may have seemed like a good idea at the time, they have gone down in history as some of the worst in NBA history. It just goes to show that even the best teams and executives can make mistakes.

by November 16, 2021