Alright everyone, it’s time to get jealous. That’s right, we’re going to have some fun with current Warriors’ salaries. Check them out here.
For starters, it’s a little surprising that the Warriors only have a couple of glaringly terrible contracts on the books. In years past, we’d be looking at the likes of Erick Dampier:
But now, there are only a couple of obvious albatrosses. Clearly, Biedrins is overpaid for what he’s become: a timid third-stringer. But even he comes off the books after a player option (gee, wonder if he’ll exercise that one…) in 2013-2014.
Richard Jefferson’s deal is indefensible, and really strange, considering the usually-prudent Spurs awarded him with so much money. Of course, since they’re the Spurs, they wisely found a way to offload Jefferson and his contract to the Warriors. At $10 million this year and $11 million next year, Jefferson is a major ledger bummer.
On the other hand, the bulk of the Warriors’ core have pretty reasonable agreements. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry are still under their rookie agreements, both of which are manageable numbers. Andrew Bogut is the team’s new centerpiece, and although he’s making the most money on the team, he’s probably being fairly compensated. Plus, his deal comes off the books in two years, so if he never gets healthy, there’s a pretty minimal risk.
And, all three rookies from this year’s draft are on their initial deals. So none of their salaries are at all burdensome.
But then there’s David Lee. He’ll be around until 2015-2016 with a contract that escalates all the way up to nearly $15.5 million per year by the time it ends. And while Lee is a proven scorer, his defense is abysmal, making him an average NBA player on balance. He’s not worth the deal he’s got right now, and his skills will erode over the duration of the contract, making its escalating annual salary even more undeserved.
If Thompson and Curry’s deals are “the good,” and Jefferson and Biedrins’ are “the bad,” David Lee’s is definitely “the ugly.”
What say you, Warrior fans?