Mason Plumlee: 3 years, $41 million (2017)
In all fairness, the enormous salary cap spike seen by the NBA in the summer of 2016 made salaries of “only” $14 million seemingly a bargain in today’s NBA landscape. That being said, it’s still hard to justify a player like Mason Plumlee making nearly that much (on average) per season.
Sure, Plumlee was a player whom the Denver Nuggets acquired via trade, so they were effectively forced into a position of re-signing him or having made that trade and getting nothing in return. Although in hindsight, that deal looks terrible regardless, considering the Nuggets got Plumlee in exchange for a pick that would turn out to be Jusuf Nurkic.