Il nostro Andrea Bargnani è finito in una top 10 non troppo gradita ai giocatori Nba. Il “mago“, che milita nei Toronto Raptors è ottavo nella classifica dei contratti più “tossici”, che riguarda in pratica i giocatori sopravvalutati (contratti alti senza un rendimento all’altezza sul campo).
Even as Turkoglu’s dud deal is on the wane, there are still no teams that want to go near the final two years and $23.8 million Turkoglu is owed. Orlando tried desperately to shed Turkoglu’s salary as part of the Dwight Howard trade, but couldn’t find a taker. Little wonder — Turkoglu is 32 now and began his decline almost immediately after signing the five-year, $50 million contract with the Raptors in 2009. He was coming off years in which he averaged 19.5 and 16.8 points, but in three seasons since, he posted just 11.0 points per game on 42.5 percent shooting.
2. Andris Biedrins, Golden State Warriors.
It started with an abdominal injury suffered soon after he signed a six-year, $54 million extension with the Warriors, and was compounded by public frustration expressed by coach Don Nelson and some of the worst free-throw shooting the league has ever seen. The end result is that Biedrins has, for the last three years, been a shell of the player who averaged 11.9 points and 11.2 rebounds in 2008-09. With his confidence utterly shot, Biedrins will likely be behind rookie Festus Ezeli on the depth chart, and with two years and $18 million on his contract, that’s a big part of the reason the Warriors are in luxury-tax territory.
3. Tyrus Thomas, Charlotte Bobcats.
Charlotte has not been particularly generous to its own free agents over the years, but Thomas was an exception, getting a five-year, $40 million contract in that fateful summer of ’10. He actually played pretty well over a year-and-a-half, but he was injured and, last year, fell deep into coach Paul Silas’ doghouse, playing only 18.8 minutes per game and averaging 5.6 points on 36.7 percent shooting. He has three years and $26 million left on his contract, and the Bobcats were so eager to move that money off the books that they made the No. 2 pick available for a team willing to take on Thomas’ deal.
4. Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks.
The Phoenix Suns willingly let Stoudemire walk back in the summer of 2010, in large part because they were afraid that Stoudemire’s troublesome knees — he had microfracture surgery in 2005 — would catch up with him. He dealt with a handful of injuries last year, including his back and ankle, but it was an overall loss of explosiveness that seemed to contribute most to some pretty disappointing output (17.5 points, 7.8 rebounds). Most likely, that loss of explosiveness goes back to the knees. Stoudemire insists his knees are fine and that he will have a bounce-back season coming up, and because he is only 29, that is possible. But if last year was indicative of the beginning of a slide, the remaining three years and $65 million on his contract will be a big problem for the Knicks.
5. Carlos Boozer, Chicago Bulls.
Like Stoudemire, Boozer is a beneficiary of the giddy summer of 2010, with the Bulls giving him a hefty five-year deal once they missed out on LeBron James. After a disappointing first season in Chicago, Boozer was fairly effective last year, playing all 66 games and averaging 15.0 points and 8.5 rebounds. But his defensive shortcomings limited him to 29.5 minutes per game, and for a guy slated to make $47.1 million over the next three years, that’s just not enough.
6. Gerald Wallace, Brooklyn Nets.
Wallace made out well thanks to the Nets’ anxiety over potentially losing Williams, landing a four-year, $40 million contract at the start of the summer. That is not a terribly unreasonable contract, but considering Wallace just turned 30 and seemed to take a step back last year, this is not a contract other teams would be eager to acquire.
7. Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies.
Gay is only 26, consistently posts good numbers and his team is winning. The only reason he lands on this list is because the Grizzlies decided to pay him like an MVP candidate back in — you guessed it — 2010, and Gay is just not that good. At three years and $53.6 million remaining (on what was a five-year, $82 million deal), Gay is scheduled to be paid just about $1 million less than Kevin Durant and LeBron James, and he is obviously nowhere close to that level. His name has come up in trade rumors, but the Grizzlies have denied that he has been shopped. Which works out well, because there are not many teams that want this contract anyway.
8. Andrea Bargnani, Toronto Raptors.
It is hard to win with a high-scoring, perimeter-oriented, 7-footer who does not defend or rebound. It’s even harder when that guy takes 15.6 shots per game and makes just 43.2 percent of them, 29.2 percent on 3-pointers. Efforts to rehabilitate Bargnani as a more traditional big man earlier in his career showed some promise, but he has regressed — he averaged 6.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks three years ago, but was down to 5.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks last year. He does not fit at all with coach Dwane Casey’s defense, but the Raptors will have to find a role for him, because he still has three years and $33 million left on his contract.
9. Charlie Villanueva, Detroit Pistons.
Detroit was able to move the Ben Gordon mistake to Charlotte for Corey Maggette this offseason, but Villanueva remains on the books for two years and $16.6 million. He was hurt for much of last year (with an ankle injury that was dubious to some in Detroit), but even when healthy, coach Lawrence Frank wasn’t very keen on playing Villanueva, who averaged just 7.0 points in 13 games.
10. Metta World Peace, Los Angeles Lakers.
He will turn 33 in November, and that does not bode well for a guy already well into his decline. Following up a bad year in which he averaged 8.5 points and shot 39.7 percent from the field, MWP was even worse last year, averaging 7.7 points and shooting 39.4 percent — his 3-point shooting fell off the cliff, as he made just 29.6 percent from the arc. It’s probably time for the Lakers to pull way back on his role, which means absorbing the two years and $15 million he is owed without much return.