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John Wall has opted to stay in Houston and is set to make $47 million this year: These are the worst deals ever in the NBA

John Wall has opted to stay in Houston, leaving the Rockets with a big problem and bigger hole in their pocket. Here are the worst deals in NBA history.

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John Wall has opted to stay in Houston, leaving the Rockets with a big problem and bigger hole in their pocket. Here are the worst deals in NBA history.
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John Wall is still a member of the Houston Rockets which means he is still on the Rockets’ payroll. He hasn’t played in over a year, but has still received over 40 million dollars since then.

The Rockets have had and will have trouble trading him because of his astronomical contract, but it seems like they would rather pay him not to play then have him on the floor.

This has to go down as one of the worst deals in the NBA, but the Rockets aren’t the only ones who have lost out on a blockbuster investment.

John Wall

Back in 2020 the Houston Rockets dealt Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for Wall and a future draft pick taking on the whopping four-year $170 million contract he signed in 2017. The five time All-Star played just forty games in the 2020-21 season, and then fell out of favor last season sitting the entire year while Houston had to eat his $40+ million dollar contract. He has opted into in $47.3 million option for next season meaning the Rockets will either sit him, trade him, or buy him out. Houston indeed has a problem.

Deron Williams

After six years in Utah distinguishing himself as one of the best point guards in the league the then New Jersey Nets signed the All-Star string puller and gave him a $98 million contract in 2012. His production slumped drastically over the next few years and the Nets waived him after he averaged 13 points and 6 rebounds a game in the 2014-15 season. He was still owed $43 million dollars for the remaining two years. The two parties agreed to a buyout that would pay the guard $5.5 million over the next five years, which meant the Nets were paying $15,000 a day for a half decade.

Timofey Mozgov

The Russian played an important part in the Cleveland Cavaliers title run in 2016 and was handsomely rewarded afterwards. He attracted the eyes of the Los Angeles Lakers who threw big money at him that offseason. He would sing a four-year $64 million dollar contract but lasted just one season in LA. He played 54 games that year and averaged 7.4 points and 5 rebounds a game before being traded to the Nets where he averaged under 5 points and 3.2 rebound in what would be his final season. He was finally traded to the Magic, but waved without playing a game and the Magic won their petition to have his contract wiped off their books because of Mosgov’s knee injury.

Joakim Noah

For years Joakim Noah was one of the best defenders in the league and the heart and soul for the Chicago Bulls. He was named to the Defensive First team twice in his time with the Bulls, and the New York Knicks came calling for his services. By this time he was in his 30′s and people around the league knew his best days were behind him. NY there a four-year $72 million contract at the two time All-Star, but found out the hard way that Noah’s NBA career was coming to a quick close. He stayed in New York just two seasons, and played only 7 games in the second season. The Knicks released him in 2018, and he was bought out by the Knicks who would pay his $6.4 million over the next three years.

Gilbert Arenas

There was a time in Gilbert Arenas’ career where he was playing like a nine figure man. After two seasons with the Warriors, he went to Washington and his career exploded. In 2008 the Wizards offered the then 26 year old a six-year deal worth $111 million. The signs of trouble were immediate as Arenas played just two games the season after signing the contract. He would return, but never return to the level of play he was at before getting the contract. He stayed with Washington for two years, playing a total of 53 games and in that span was charged for a felony for firing a gun in the Wizards locker room and was consequently suspended the rest of the 2009-10 season. He was traded to the Orland Magic the next year, and then to the Memphis Grizzlies. He would not average double digits scoring in either of those years.

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