Joakim Noah: 4 years, $72 million (2016)
Sometimes, there’s a reason why basketball professionals are paid to do a job, and why NBA fans aren’t. In many other cases, it’s amazing how basketball professionals are completely oblivious to what most NBA fans can see. Take Joakim Noah, for instance.
When Noah became a free agent at the end of 2016, he was already 31 years old, and missed almost 40% of the games over his past two seasons in Chicago. Almost everyone could see he was totally washed up.
But that didn’t stop the New York Knicks from signing Noah to a four-year, $72 million contract. Unsurprisingly, Noah has only played in 53 of a possible 164 games for New York over the past two seasons.