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