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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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Modified 01 Apr 2020, 17:29 IST
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#5 Joakim Noah

The New York Knicks have to pay Joakim Noah $19.3 million over three seasons,
The New York Knicks have to pay Joakim Noah $19.3 million over three seasons.

To be straight, the New York Knicks have made a lot of blunders in the history of their franchise. Offering Joakim Noah a $72 million, 4-year deal at the time when he was not looking like an elite player in the league is one of them. 

His journey with the Knicks was not as they had expected. In the first season, he got involved in a drug suspension, and missed games due to injuries. In the next one, Noah played just seven games for the season.

As expected, he was later waived by the Knicks in 2018, and they have to pay him $19.3 million over the next three seasons. 


#4 Josh Smith

The Detroit Pistons owe him $5.3 million every season till this one.
The Detroit Pistons owe him $5.3 million every season till this one.

The Detroit Pistons are not far behind when it comes to making blunders with contract signings. They got in Josh Smith- a 6'9" forward- in 2013 when they already had two other bigs in the name of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe in the squad. Josh was a career 28.3% shooter from behind the arc, and in current formation, he was forced to take the three-point shots. His natural game was hampered and the two other bigs being dominant in the paint, forced Josh to play more on the perimeter.

They say "too many cooks spoil the broth" and rightly so. The things never worked for the Bucks, and they eventually had to waive off Josh. The Pistons have owed him $5.3 million every season till this one.

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Published 11 Feb 2020, 17:10 IST
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