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#1 Posted on 21.8.02 1458.45 Reposted on: 21.8.09 1459.02
The story on ESPN says that Shawn Kemp had a two year contract worth around $45 million. The last couple years he sucked on the court and the Portland Trail Blazers wanted to get under the salary cap to avoid paying a luxury tax. So, they agreed with Kemp to pay him $10 million deferred and cancel his contract. My question is this;
Why would Kemp agree to take $10 million instead of $45 million?
Is this true, or is he getting paid more under the table?
And will any other team offer him as much as $3 million per year?
#3 Posted on 21.8.02 1731.23 Reposted on: 21.8.09 1743.37
Actually he gave up $25 million, not $45 million. He's deferring the $20 million over the next 10 years. I don't think it's that big of a deal, since he could sign for the mid-level exception and get $4.5 million then sign another contract after that. I saw on ESPN Insider that he might become Samaki Walker's backup in LA, which would make me totally SICK.
"Shawn Kemp. You bitched and moaned until you got a huge contract. Got fat. Sucked on the court. A team paid you $20 million to go away. Here's your championship ring. You got some ketchup on your lip. More donuts?"
My boss, a Blazers' season ticket holder, thinks they must have some drug stuff or something on him to get him to take the deal, but I'm not so sure. If I were Kemp, and you told me I could stay in Portland and get $45 million, or I could have $20 million, leave Portland, still be able to hook on and get paid by another team (possibly the Lakers), I'd definitely take the $20 million and take off.
He *does* have a bunch of kids, though. I think it's nine by eight different women.