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Worst NBA Contracts 2023–24: Most Overpaid NBA Players

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Worst NBA Contracts 2023–24: Most Overpaid NBA Players

It’s no coincidence that some teams that struggled to keep up last year have multiple players on the 2023-24 NBA Worst Contracts list. Teams that don’t spend wisely rarely do well, and sometimes they even have to ditch valuable draft assets just to take those salaries off their books.

Ranking of worst NBA contracts in 2023–24

The new CBA pretty much penalizes teams trying to combine multiple Superstars, so now teams will think twice or thrice before spending big bucks on players who might not be worth those contracts.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at the players who have already managed to convince their respective teams to give them way more money than they should have been getting.

10. Deandre Ayton – $30.2 million

There’s a big chance that Deandre Ayton will keep his contract, which is why he’s at number 10 on this list. Put simply, it’s up to him to be the Phoenix Suns’ X-factor, embrace his role as a potential defensive anchor, and put in some effort on both ends of the glass.

Ayton has the potential to be a real two-way star and Frank Vogel has often brought out the best in his big men. The big question is whether he’ll be motivated enough after it was all too clear he didn’t want to play there, at least not for coach Monty Williams.

9. Evan Fournier – $18.7 million

It’s crazy to think that a player who should make the veteran minimum actually makes $18.7 million to sit at the end of the bank, but that’s the case with Evan Fournier. To be honest, it was hard to blame Tom Thibodeau for getting him out of the rotation.

Fournier makes a lot of money but doesn’t play in defense, doesn’t play for others, and isn’t an efficient goalscorer. His contract has been a liability for the New York Knicks for so long, and they may need to include a valuable draft pick to move him at this point.

8. Mike Conley – $24.3 million

Mike Conley was a borderline All-Star for most of his career, a respected veteran who made his teammates better every time he was on the floor. But that doesn’t mean he should be making $24.3 million at this point in his career.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will have some tough decisions to make as they reach the halfway point in the season and underperform again. This could result in a trade or a buyout as other teams may be interested in him at the right price.

7. Jerami Grant – $27.5 million

Jerami Grant just signed one of the most confusing and mind-blowing contracts in recent NBA history. The Portland Trail Blazers signed him to a five-year, $160 million extension after turning down a four-year, $112 million contract.

There’s just no way Grant can honor that contract, and nobody’s going to take that deal if the Blazers want to trade him at some point at some point. It’s not that he’s a bad player, but that’s a superstar’s money.

6. Kyle Lowry – $29.6 million

Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat were a great match on paper, but he’s mostly struggled since arriving in South Beach. Father Time may have already caught up with him as he is struggling with multiple injuries and is also no longer a prolific goalscorer.

Lowry is a veteran and he could and should still have a place and a role in this league. But that huge contract has been more of a liability than an actual benefit for Pat Riley and the Heat since his arrival, and they have attempted to move him on a number of occasions.

5. Tobias Harris – $39.2 million

There’s a strong chance Tobias Harris’ deal will be considered one of the worst deals ever. Too many times have Philadelphia 76ers fans urged the team to try to break away from him, but it has been impossible.

Harris is by no means a chump or a bad player. He is durable and has played some big games, and he can also contribute as a rebounder. But someone making that much money should be a consistent All-Star, All-NBA player, and never has been.

4. Gordon Hayward – $31.5 million

It’s becoming more and more common to see the name Gordon Hayward when we talk about bad contracts. Once again, he has one of the worst NBA contracts of the 2023-24 season and was signed for the next season for a whopping $31.5 million despite constantly missing time due to a never-ending string of injuries.

Hayward was one of the league’s rising stars before all the injuries hit him. It’s a shame that his promising career has been dashed by things he just can’t control. Then again, he’s made more than a decent amount of money over the years, so he might not have anything to complain about.

3. Ben Simmons – $37.8 million

There is absolutely no doubt that Ben Simmons could be worth almost $38 million and even more. He has the potential to be a two-way superstar, one of the best defenders and playmakers in the world and he’s still young and could have a long and prosperous career ahead of him.

However, we are talking about a man whose love of the game has been questioned on numerous occasions. He doesn’t appear to be staying healthy and has years left under contract so his deal could prove to be a huge liability rather than an asset if he doesn’t get back on the scene soon.

2. Fred VanVleet – $40.8 million

If we’re talking about overpaid NBA players in 2024, then we have to be talking about Fred VanVleet. Yes, he’s put up solid numbers over the past few years, but he’s done it while taking many shots at an underperforming team. He Plays Defense, But Is He Worth Nearly $41M A Year?

The Houston Rockets know he may not be well for much longer, so they have suggested a way to get rid of him soon if things don’t work out in his first season. That alone speaks volumes about how bad his contract could possibly be. No hate for VanVleet who is a good player but $41M should get you more than good.

1. Rudy Gobert – $41 million

The Minnesota Timberwolves will spend a lot of luxury tax dollars and may not even make the playoffs next season. The pairing of Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns was a questionable gamble and didn’t exactly pay off in their first season together.

Gobert is the 13th highest-paid player in the league, but cannot defend on the outside edge or score from more than 1.50 meters. He’s an elite rim protector and rebounder, but the league is built on the perimeter and he’s been unmasked in the playoffs every year he’s been in the league.

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