Michael Redd was part of Redeem Team two years ago. He'll be lucky to play at all in 2010-11.These aren’t the players with the largest contracts or the best players with expiring contracts, rather they’re the players whose expiring contract in 2010-11 constitutes the largest amount of the player’s worth. For example, Tracy McGrady’s $23 million expiring deal last year was approximately 99% of the reason New York traded for him. This year, Troy Murphy’s $12 million expiring contract is nice, but any team that trades for him is also getting a banger who is one of the top rebounding and shooting PF’s in the league.
Here is your All-Expiring Contracts Team:
Eddy Curry, C, New York Knicks
2010-11 Salary: $11.3 million
Curry has played 10 games over the past two seasons, so you think he’d be busting his rear to get back in shape and earn another contract after 2010-11. Lucky for Curry, if this indeed was his plan, many of his Knick teammates are already training together in the Big Apple, so he decided…what’s that? He’s in Jersey training on his own? Nice one. This guy is utterly worthless. He’s never been much of a rebounder considering he’s a humongous center. His defense is whatever happens when the other team has the ball, and his exploits of laziness and ending up fat every offseason are well known. Anyone who trades for him during the season is doing so purely for the salary cap relief because they certainly won’t benefit from him getting off the end of the bench (unless they have to pay to reinforce the chairs).
Yao Ming, C, Houston Rockets
2010-11 Salary: $17.7 million
Not only did Yao miss all of last season because of that foot injury, but it’s not looking real good that he’ll be more than a hobbled mess with whatever minutes he gets this year. Injuries have been the story with this big man for a while; his games played per season over the last five years were 57, 48, 55, 77, and 0. His stats have bounced around between nice and very good for most of his career, chiefly because he keeps missing time and is unable to build any rhythm from year to year. I’d like to say that he’d be a good player again if he gets healthy, but we all kind of know that’s not happening for someone this big with his history of injuries. Yao probably won’t get traded because of what he means financially to the team, but he really is little more than an expiring contract at this point.
Peja Stojakovic, SF, New Orleans Hornets
2010-11 Salary: $14.3 million
Stojakovic is far past his prime, has lost quite a bit of his shot (career 45% FG, 40% 3FG; last two years it’s been 40% and 38%), once averaged more than 6 rebounds per game (literally just once) but is down to 3.7, and his defense has gone from labored and poor to some combination of a little girl, a scarecrow, rusty machinery, and a scared cat. And he’s good for 20 missed games each year since he seems to always have one injury or another. Picking up Peja means picking up cap relief in 2011-12, that’s it.
Michael Redd, SG, Milwaukee Bucks
2010-11 Salary: $18.3 million
As recently as two summers ago, Redd was on the gold medal-winning Redeem Team because of his 3-point shooting exploits. Since then? He’s played 51 games over two seasons (and he missed 39 the previous two seasons), watched his scoring average drop from 23 to 12 ppg, lost his outside shot (bad 30% last year, nice-but-not-special 37% the year before), and the Bucks look like a team that’s letting a guy play a little so he can break some record before promptly getting dumped. It’s just awkward and embarrassing. He started some games in December and January and even scored 32, 27, 25, and 24 points in four of those contests, but it took 24, 23, 21, and 16 shots. The team has gone with youth and defense, which makes one honestly wonder if he’ll see the court at all this year.
T.J. Ford, PG, Indiana Pacers
2010-11 Salary: $8.5 million
The Pacers tried to buy the point guard out for $5 million, but it was so clear that Ford had zero percent chance of making $3.5 million with any club next year (which isn’t much by NBA standards), he quickly turned it down. He’s little, has never been much of a shooter, has missed 74 games over the past three years, and his apg over the past four seasons declined as follows: 7.9, 6.1, 5.3, 3.8. His defense is in the bad-to-horrible neighborhood, so there aren’t many reasons Darren Collison shouldn’t become the first player ever to play 48 minutes every game. Completely washed up at 27 – ouch!