Year: 2003
Contract: 7 years, $126 million

Another case of a deserved contract gone awry. O'Neal was one of the league's most productive and versatile forwards when he re-committed to Indiana and things went swimmingly; another All-Star berth and his first Defensive Player of the Year award came shortly after. Then Ron Armetta World War happened. The Malice at the Palace derailed the Pacers best shot at title contention and O'Neal was never the same. A separated shoulder gave host to a litany of other injuries and O'Neal missed more than 120 games over the following four seasons.