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9 Players who are still on the payroll of NBA teams even after being out of the league

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#7 Monta Ellis

Indiana Pacers owed Monta Ellis $11.2 million till 2022.
Indiana Pacers owed Monta Ellis $11.2 million till 2022.

Monta Ellis is an example of a player who looked like a great prospect for the future but faded away with time. Ellis was offered a justified, four-year, $44 million deal by the Indiana Pacers in 2015. He was averaging nearly 20 points a game for the past eight seasons and the Pacers thought he still has got the fuel to be a great player besides Paul George and George Hill.

However, as a season passed by, his numbers started taking a toll. He averaged 13.8 points in his first season with the Pacers, which reduced to 8.5 points in the second one. His playing time decreased from there on, and Indiana had to let him go in 2017 - stretching his remaining $11.2 million till 2022.

#6 Matt Barnes

Matt Barnes (left)
Matt Barnes (left)

Matt Barnes was in the conclusion of his career back in 2016, when the Sacramento Kings gave him a 2-year, $12.5 million offer. The deal was a big surprise because Barnes was 35 years old and averaged career-low shooting percentages.

From there on, the Kings played him for 54 games and then waived him off, stretching his salary for the next few years.

He landed up with the Golden State Warriors after that, where he not only won a championship but announced his retirement as well. Having played his last game in 2017, the Kings still owe Barnes the final installment of $2.1 million this season.

Published 11 Feb 2020, 17:10 IST
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