2. Allan Houston's nine-figure deal

Allan Houston was a fan favorite during his playing days in New York. But the team was much-criticized for handing him a six-year, $100 million contract in 2001, when he was on the downside of his career. Houston was severely limited by knee problems for the bulk of those years, and the contract crippled the team's salary cap. (Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty Images)