Salaries are getting out of hand in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors recently signed Stephen Curry to a 5-year, $201 million, making him the highest paid player in NBA history, and now the Warriors have turned to Kevin Durant. It appears the deal is finalized and Durant will make $53 over the next two years. Both these salaries, the way they are divided up, takes up a lot of the teams salary cap.
While Durant and Stephen Curry were the core of the Golden State Warriors, there were other players who were key to the teams success, like Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala. With a salary cap, teams are limited to how much they can devote to one or two players before they are struggling to fill out a roster that can win a title. According to Bleacher Report, Durant is eligible to sign for only 35 percent of the $99 million dollar salary cap, which will work out to about $34.7 million for next season. Durant even wanted to take a larger discount so that the team could go after Rudy Gay after Iguodala left the team, but these salaries are just getting out of hand.
Back in the Jordan era, his “Airness” constantly wanted parts of his salary to signing a good team around him. One year Gary Payton and Karl Malone both signed with the Los Angeles Lakers to play along with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal and make a run for an NBA championship, offering to play for a lot less than either one of them were worth, so they could afford the rest of the team. That failed when all but Payton went down with injury, but for them it was not about the money. They had endorsements and loved the game enough to play for a little as a team was allowed to pay them.
These sky high contracts do nothing but hurt the game and the fan. When ticket prices are so high that only the elite and well off fan can afford them, and team stores are selling jerseys and t-shirts for much more than they should, the average fan suffers. It happens in all sports, but the greed seems more apparent in the NBA, and many hoped that after Commissioner Adam Silver took over, things would settle down and maybe a restructuring of the league would happen, but greed is where it is at. Greed by owners, greed by the league, greed by the players, and for those players who have these eight figure salaries, and $200 athletic shoes, take the time to sign an autograph, pose for a picture with fans, because they are who support the large salaries. If one day the fans of the NBA say it is just too much, and do not come to the games, or by fan ware, or shoes, what will happen then?
So the question really boils down to, is Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry really worth the salaries they just signed for? No, they are not, but as long as someone is willing to pay that salary, no matter what it takes to come up with the money, these players are not going to turn it down.
What do you CDA fans think? Are NBA or sports salaries in general, just getting out of hand? How do you thing the Golden State Warriors will be next season with two of the highest paid players in the league on the roster? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cletus Dillwood