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5 Worst Contracts in the NBA

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 30:  Referee Scott Foster #48 talks over a foul call made on Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets against the Golden State Warriors in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs at ORACLE Arena on April 30, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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With all the money thrown around in recent years in the NBA, there were bound to be some deals that went wrong. Of course, the organizations cannot always be blamed for contracts gone awry, especially considering the injury issues of several star players who made the cut.

5. Kevin Love

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 21: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Alex Poythress #22 and Kent Bazemore #24 of the Atlanta Hawks during the second half at Quicken Loans Arena on October 21, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Hawks defeated the Cavaliers 133-111. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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After losing LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers made a desperate pivot to lock up Kevin Love into a four-year, $120 million extension in 2018. Not only is Love no longer a star, but he has proven time and again to be injury prone, and he missed the majority of the 2018 season after toe surgery. Now, the team will be stuck paying the forward an average of more than $30 million per year until 2023 unless they can trade him.

4. Chris Paul

HOUSTON, TX - MAY 04:  Chris Paul #3 of the Houston Rockets reacts in the second quarter during Game Three of the Second Round of the 2019 NBA Western Conference Playoffs Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center on May 4, 2019 in Houston, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Chris Paul's terrible contract has been a well-documented point of contention for the Houston Rockets organization, and it could prevent them from winning a championship during their current window. The 33-year-old signed a four-year, $160 million contract in 2018. His numbers declined last season, and he will become less of an asset to the team while his salary balloons to $44 million by his age-36 season.

3. Andrew Wiggins

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 19: Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives to the basket against Rodney Hood #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 19, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Timberwolves defeated the Cavaliers 131-123. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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After a breakout 2016 season, the Minnesota Timberwolves inked the shooting guard to a massive five-year, $148 million contract. While Wiggins is still only 24, his offensive numbers have declined and he's been incredibly inefficient, as he shot just 41 percent from the field in 2018. Add to that his status as a defensive liability, and the T-Wolves will rue the decision to pay him like a star through the 2022-23 season.

2. Russell Westbrook

PORTLAND, OREGON - APRIL 23: CJ McCollum #3 of the Portland Trail Blazers drives to the basket on Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder during the second half of Game Five of the Western Conference quarterfinals during the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Moda Center on April 23, 2019 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 118-115.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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This is an example of a contract that both sides likely regret. It looks as though Westbrook's loyalty to the Thunder has finally crumbled following the departure of Paul George. He has four years and more than $170 million remaining on the five-year deal he signed in OKC, and that contract will prove to be difficult to match up salary-wise as the team looks to honor his request for a trade.

1. John Wall

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 18:  John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts after Markieff Morris #5 was charged with his sixth foul against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
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While extending John Wall seemed like a no-brainer for the Wizards in 2017, things could not have played out worse since. Wall's four-year, $170 million dollar extension will take effect in 2019, following a season in which the point guard tore his achilles less than halfway through. He's played in fewer than half his team's games in the last two seasons, and his injuries spell big trouble for the franchise which signed him to a max deal.