Have you ever wondered how a player who’s been inconsistent and nothing more than potential became a multi-millionaire? In the third installment of #HowDidHeGetPaid, we examine the case of Tyrus Thomas.
Tyrus Thomas is due to receive $8 million dollars this season from the Charlotte Bobcats. This despite having played in only 18 games this season and averaging slightly less than 5 PPG, 3 RBG and 1 BPG. So how did he get paid?
Thomas was part on LSU team that made an improbable run to 2006 NCAA Final Four. His dominating and athletic performance during that year’s NCAA Tournament led the Portland TrailBlazers to drafting him 4th overall that summer. The Blazers then traded him to the Chicago Bulls for LaMarcus Aldridge. He showed some promise, more athleticism and potential in limited playing time with the Bulls, but not enough as Chicago traded him to the Charlotte Bobcats during the 2010 season. For the remainder of that year his 10 PPG, 6 RBG and blossoming potential were enough for the Bobcats to ink to a 5 year, $40 million contract. The hope from the Bobcats was that his athleticism would grow into a corner piece for the franchise.
Coach Mike Dunlap has called Tyrus’ effort this season inconsistent. Thomas is at risk of being amnestied this off-season and the Bobcats have gotten little return on their investment into his potential. And that’s how got paid.
Are you curious about how a player who’s never made an All-Star team became a multi-millionaire? In the second installment of #HowDidHeGetPaid, we examine the weird case of Hedo Turkoglu.
For the 2013 season, injuries have limited Hedo Turkoglu to just 6 games during which he’s only averaging 4.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and 2.3 apg. Still, he is due to receive a shade over $11 million from the Orlando Magic. So, how did he get paid? Turkoglu began his career in the 2000-01 season with the upstart Sacramento Kings. He was then traded to the Orlando Magic where, statistically, he had his best seasons. This culminated in 2009, when when his all around game and play making abilities were arguably the 2nd biggest reason that Magic team reached the NBA Finals. His averages of 16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, and 4.9 apg made the impeding free agent a player in demand. A combination of the Magic’s unwillingness to meet Hedo’s contract and their decision to make changes to that roster sealed his departure. A complex 4 team sign and trade deal saw Turkoglu land in Toronto with a $52.8 million, 5 year contract. Continue reading →
Have you ever wondered how a middling reserve became a multi-millionaire? In #HowDidHeGetPaid, we explore how these players attained their inflated salaries, and what has transpired since.
In 2012-13, Luke Walton is averaging 2 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist per game, yet he stands to make nearly $6.1 million this season. So, how did he get paid? In 2005-06, Luke helped the 8th seeded Lakers push the Suns to 7 games. The next season, he posted career highs in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, and minutes played. In the 2007 off season, Luke was considered one of the best free agent small forwards available. The Lakers, hoping to lock up a key contributor for Phil Jackson’s triangle offense for years to come, inked Walton to a 6-year, $30 million dollar contract, in a classic case of overpaying your own free agent. Continue reading →