Sports agents get paid a lot of money for getting their players the best deal they can. More often than not, teams end up overpaying or agreeing to weird clauses to get the best players in the world to join their squads. However, that’s not always the case.
In fact, some subpar or below the average players have signed incredibly weird clauses throughout the course of NBA history. Superstars, on the other hand, make some bizarre demands that teams have no other choice but to meet if they want them to sign.
With that in mind, today we’re going to put together the ultimate list of the weirdest and most ridiculous contract clauses the NBA has ever seen. So, if you’re trying to make it in sports business, you better take note of the following paragraphs:
Matt Bonner’s Shooting Clause
Matt Bonner earned a reputation for being lights out shooter from beyond the arc. He didn’t bring anything to the table but his veteran leadership and that was just about enough for the San Antonio Spurs to keep him around for a very long time.
So, Bonner had a bit of an incentive during the 2010-11 season to keep his numbers up. Apparently, if the combined total of his three-point shooting percentage, free-throw shooting percentage, and field-goal percentage added up to 169, he’d end up getting a $100,000 bonus. Sadly, the total added up to just 157.
Nick Collison For MVP
Nick Collison was never known for being much of an impactful player. He spent his entire career with the Seattle Supersonics / Oklahoma City Thunder organization as their locker room leader and little more but still, they had plenty of faith in his talents.
That’s why Collison and the Thunder agreed upon a clause that was pretty reasonable for other players but somewhat odd for him. Thing is, the team would have to pay him an extra $100,000 if he were to win an MVP award. That’s a great deal for the team.