Rank 'Em: Worst NBA Contracts

Created: February 12, 2009, 9:59 AM

The Knicks paid how much for Allan Houston?

We've learned that sports executives were hardly alone in throwing money at questionable investment opportunities, but that hardly makes any of these financial gems from the NBA look any better.

How do you size up this list of the worst deals, SportsNation?

For sheer volume, Juwan Howard's nine-figure deal with the Bullets-turned-Wizards shoots up the charts. But at least Howard put up a few numbers. How can the Knicks explain away all the money they paid Larry Brown not to coach?

Check out the details below and rank the worst of the worst. No bailouts allowed.

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  • Six-year extension worth $100 million with Knicks in 2001.
  • Four-year extension worth $76 million with Suns in 2003.
  • Seven-year deal worth $92.5 million with the Nets in 2004.
  • Seven-year deal worth $126 million with Pacers in 2003.
  • Contract extension as president/GM/coach of Knicks in 2007.
  • Six-year extension worth $73 million with Nets in 1999 and one-year, $4.3 million deal with Mavericks in 2008.
  • Five-year deal worth approximately $50 million to coach Knicks in 2005.
  • Seven-year deal worth $86 million with Sonics in 1999.
  • Seven-year deal worth $105 million with Bullets in 1996.
  • Six-year deal worth $60 million with Nuggets in 2006.