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Which players have the most to lose with a long lockout?

Oct 21, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

Vince Carter,

Kick off your shoes, grab a drink, put your feet up and make yourself comfortable. It looks like we could be at this lockout thing for a long, long time now.

The longer this drags out, players are going to get hurt.

The question is, which players get hurt the most?

The conventional wisdom is guys like Kevin Garnett — set to make $21.2 million in the last year of his deal, plus the Celtics have one more season before they enter a rebuilding mode. Or maybe Kobe Bryant because of his age (plus the $25 million he is owed, that much money doesn’t suck even if you are rich). Maybe Dirk Nowitzki because he doesn’t get to bask in the glow of his accomplishment and defend the title. Maybe the Miami Heat trio because they want a ring and who knows how long ownership can keep that team together under the new system.

Matt Steinmetz over at CSNBayArea.com tackled that question and put together an interesting list with some unusual names. Here are a few highlights.

Vince Carter, Phoenix Suns: Yes, he’s made a ton of money during his career, but it still would hurt to go without the $18.3 million he is due in 2011-12. Especially since it’s the last year of his deal and he’ll never sniff that financial neighborhood again.

Charlie Bell, Warriors: Bell has never been a big-money guy, and that’s why losing out on his $4.1 million this year would hurt. He’s also on the last year of his deal and the very real possibility exists that Bell’s career could be over.

Mehmet Okur, Utah Jazz: He played only 13 games last season because of injury and 2011-12 is the last year of his deal. He’s scheduled to earn $10.9 million. Okur is getting up there (32) and doesn’t look to be a part of the Jazz’ long-term future. Otherwise, why would they have drafted Enes Kanter?

James Posey, Indiana Pacers: He will turn 35 years old in January, and while he was once a valuable role player, his play has slipped the past couple of years. Posey was set to earn $7.6 million in 2011-12, which would have been the biggest payday of his career.

Who would be on your list?

  1. worldbfree4me - Oct 21, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    That’s what Stern is banking on “Financial Pain or Hardship” to make a deal. If these guys did not take of their cash oh well.

  2. cordellgc - Oct 21, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Steve bash

  3. goforthanddie - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    The ones Kobe/Garnett don’t give a piss about. The ones who don’t have journalists crowded around them 24/7.

  4. mogogo1 - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    My list would consist completely of guys just out of college and bench warmers. The guys just out of school are probably living at home right now when they were expecting to have a penthouse. With the average career being over in 2-3 years, the guys buried on the bench could see their career cut in half if this season never happens and their career earnings were already only going to be a fraction of what the guys listed in the article make in a single season.

  5. florida727 - Oct 21, 2011 at 6:52 PM

    Maybe some of these guys should have finished college so they’d have something to fall back on. Just kidding… all these clowns have more money than they can spend if they’ve been in the league that long. I have absolutely ZERO sympathy for any of them. Maybe they’ll finally realize they’re nothing more than EMPLOYEES, and as such have NO LEVERAGE.

  6. jbraxton3rd - Oct 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Wow. What a shame….maybe those of us who earn an average American income can give them a loan……

  7. vstyle23 - Oct 22, 2011 at 1:30 AM

    The Orlando Magic because they are about to lose Dwight Howard to free agency without even being able to shop him. Dare I say a Cleveland type senario.
    I wonder if D Howard will do a decision show on his way out……. Naa!

  8. blueleader59 - Oct 22, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    I own a small business in Alaska. A fishing lodge with up to ten employees….guides, house staff, etc. Part of my success comes from their service, popularity, and production. I pay them what the market dictates and more importantly what I can afford, based on the year and the bookings. I could not imagine, my employees demanding a certain percentage of my earned revenue! They have nothing invested. Don’t have the payments to make, etc. I will sorely miss the season if we don’t have one, and I am sure there is some greed on both sides. But I completely side with the owners.

  9. dondada10 - Oct 22, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    The most to lose? Easy: the concession stand workers, the parking attendees, the ticket collectors, and all the other men and women who earned a living working during the NBA season.

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