Mike Conley signed an outlandish contract with the Memphis Grizzlies Friday: $153 million over five years. Read that one more time: one hundred and fifty-three million dollars.
The NBA salary cap has increased by about $24 million over last season because of a massive TV rights deal. As a result, Conley, 28, and many other NBA free agents have absolutely flourished today.
Conley's deal stands out from the rest because it made history. It is the largest contract in NBA history, and Conley is now the highest-paid player in the league. Which begs the question: wait, Mike Conley?
He is a fine point guard, but he has never made an All-Star team. So if he garners $153 million, how much is Kevin Durant or LeBron James worth?
Naturally, Twitter was somewhat in disbelief.
Mike Conley is going to make over $30 million a year?! MIKE CONLEY?! Is he even a top 40 NBA player? Biggest contract in league history.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) July 1, 2016
MORE THAN ANYONE EVER HAHAHAHA I LOVE THE NBA SO MUCH DO YOUR DANCE MIKE CONLEY DO YOUR DANCE https://t.co/GgHiVmYdjp— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) July 1, 2016
GM: what will it take to keep you in memphis— Ethan Booker (@Ethan_Booker) July 1, 2016
MIKE CONLEY: the inability to sign anyone else to help us win
GM: $153 million it is, then
@HPbasketball Hello. I am from the future. Mike Conley just received the biggest contract in league history (and GSW just won 73 games)— Contrarian Barbarian (@basquiatball) July 1, 2016
What if on Draft Day 2007 I told you in less than 10 years Greg Oden would be out of the league and Mike Conley would sign for $150 million?— RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) July 1, 2016
Mike Conley currently has the largest deal in NBA history! Helps make up for never making an All-Star team, I guess. https://t.co/kwYbHOgGd5— Yaya Dubin (@JADubin5) July 1, 2016
Also the richest contract in nba history goes to........................mike conley. Wait, what?— Nino Olivier (@NinoOlivier15) July 1, 2016
There isn't an economics course in the world that makes Mike Conley worth more than Kobe Bryant ever made. https://t.co/1iOD9VBOFn— Burgundy N Gold (@ForeverBNG) July 1, 2016
Can't wait until next July when we're all like "can you believe Mike Conley only got $30m a year, what a dumbass, lol."— RUSS BENGT$ON (@russbengtson) July 1, 2016
IS THERE MORE THAN ONE MIKE CONLEY?!?!?! https://t.co/AwB5np6E5B— Mortgage Freeman (@inf) July 1, 2016
We can almost definitely expect some shady tweets from envious players around the league.
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