I found a great Dallas Mavericks fan site that lists all future contractual obligations for the team, showing how much owner Mark Cuban has to pay for a few underperforming players:
- $7.9 million for Tariq Abdul-Wahad in 2006
- $7.8 million for Shawn Bradley in 2008
- $13.1 million for Erick Dampier in 2010
Cuban's surprisingly candid about this stuff on his weblog, so I sent him an e-mail inviting his comment on the strange basketkabalistic world of salary capology.
As I told him, I don't see how an NBA owner can afford a playoff-caliber team when he's committed to paying someone like Abdul Wahad, a player yet to start a single game for the Mavericks, almost $8 million five years after he was acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets.