The Absurdity of Signing Bonuses

Absurd NBA Contract Clauses

What are Some of the Strangest Signing Bonuses in NBA Contracts?

In his first two minutes of action on Wednesday night, Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk cashed in big.

As he elapsed 1,700 minutes played for the season, as per his contract, Olynyk received a $1-million signing bonus. The Canadian would go on to put up 19-points in a blow out victory against the Atlanta Hawks to celebrate the occasion. Olynyk also had eight-rebounds and five-assists to round out his night.

“Dinner, drinks, beers, all that is on him,” Head Coach Eric Spoelstra said. “I’m going to see if I can get tickets to a play. All that is on him. I’m going to bill his account for everything.”

Olynyk’s interesting signing bonus made us think – what have been the most bizarre clauses in NBA contacts?

Let’s take a look!

5. Bulls? White Sox? What’s the Difference?

In case you didn’t know, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf also owns the Chicago White Sox, so when arguably one of the greatest players in NBA history wished to switch sports, Reinsdorf paid Michael Jordan the $4-million dollars that he was going to make with the Bulls, while he played baseball.

Baseball, basketball, they’re all sports at the end of the day.

4. Easy Math

Former fan favourite Matt Bonner was known for his ability to play the role of a stretch-four.

Well, the San Antonio Spurs wanted to give him an extra burst of motivation going into the 2010 season – all it took is some quick math. If Bonner would should a combined 169-percent on the year (three-point percentage + free throw percentage + field goal percentage), he would receive a $100,000 signing bonus.

Unfortunately for The Red Rocket, he went on to put up a 157-percent season.

3. Just Show Up

For Baron Davis, all he had to do was show up and lead the Los Angeles Clippers to a mediocre season.

This was prior to when the Clippers became pretty good in the Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin era, so one could say the organization was slightly desperate. The incentive for Davis was to at least suit up for 70-games and help the Clippers win 30-games. If both tasks were to be accomplished, he would receive a $1-million signing bonus.

Davis would go onto play a grand total of 75-games that season, but in a tragic turn of events, the Clippers were able to only muster up 29-wins.

2. High Hopes

Nick Collison is a Seattle Supersonics-Oklahoma City Thunder lifer and over his tenure with the franchise, he has received some rather hilarious contract perks.

For instances, if Collison was to win an MVP award, he would receive a $100,000 signing bonus.

He is not the only player to get these sort of incentives. Rafer Alston once had a $325,000 clause if he would crack an All-Star team, Luke Ridnour would receive an extra $1.5-million if he won a Defensive Player of the Year award, while Adonal Foyle would have received $500,000 for winning an MVP and an extra $500,000 for winning the NBA Finals MVP.

1. Don’t be Fat

You can’t ball if you’re overweight and have to put too much effort running up and down the court.

That is why NBA teams have given the likes of Boris Diaw and Glen Davis extra dough to stay at a certain weight. Davis himself received an extra $500,000 if he stayed under an unspecified weight at certain points in the NBA season. This is most definitely a contract clause that Eddy Curry once needed.



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