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Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Utah Jazz Are Still Paying A Player Who Played Only 15 Games For Them In 1993

This isn't your run of the mill insane athlete contract, like Bobby Bonilla's.  But it is interesting nonetheless.

The Utah Jazz are paying their former first round draft pick from 1993 over $150,000 A year until the year 2021.  His name is Luther Wright and he played a total of 15 games for the Jazz, via Fadeaway World:

Luther Wright was a 7’2 center out of Seton Hall who was drafted with the 18th pick in the 1993 NBA draft, a draft which included the likes of Chris Webber, Penny Hardaway, and Sam Cassell.

After playing in only 15 games for the Jazz and only averaging 1.3 points and 0.7 rebounds across those games, Wright would be found by Salt Lake City police destroying property and causing a disturbance at a rest area just outside Salt Lake City in late January.

Luther would be diagnosed with bipolar disorder — A disorder associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs — during his NBA career, and after the 1993-94 NBA season had finished for the Jazz, Wright would be admitted into a mental institution for a 30-day stay.

Because Wright never completed his rookie season, let alone the length of his contract due to pretty rare circumstances, the Utah Jazz front office decided to do the right thing and beginning in 1996, elected to pay Wright the remainder of his owed earnings from his NBA career over a 25-year period, equalling out to $153,000 a year up until 2021.

Not a bad paycheck for 25 years for only playing 15 games in the NBA.