Team: Brooklyn Nets
2017-18 salary: $15.3 million
Stats: 4.2 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG
Timofey Mozgov should be paying royalties to LeBron James. With Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving sidelined during the 2015 Finals, he became the Cavs’ second most reliable player. In those Finals versus Golden State, he averaged 14.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Congrats to my brother Big fella Mozzie on the deal with the Lakers!! Enjoy LA. Dinner on you— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 1, 2016
The Lakers rewarded Mozgov’s performance with a four-year, $64 million deal that they almost immediately regretted, in a deal that made many belly laugh: L.A. eventually had to package DeAngelo Russell with the Russian big man to get his contract off its hands. Brooklyn is now saddled with two more years of paying top-flight figures to a below-average big man who will soon turn 32. He played in just 31 games this season.