Every NBA Team’s Worst Signing Since 1998

Atlanta Hawks — Speedy Claxton

Contract: $25 million over four years

Coming off a solid season with New Orleans in which Claxton averaged 12.3 points and 4.8 assists per game in only 28.4 minutes, the Hawks brought the speedster in to stabilize their backcourt. Over three years Claxton played in 44 total games — averaging an awful 5.1 PPG on 32.6 percent shooting. After appearing in two games in the third year of his deal, Claxton was traded to Golden State. He never appeared in another NBA game.

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Boston Celtics — Jermaine O’Neal

Contract: $12 million over two years

O’Neal was a perennial All-Star earlier in his career while playing for Indiana. A six-time All-Star, O’Neal remained a viable option for the Miami Heat as the big man entered his 30s. After averaging 13.6 poubts and 6.9 rebounds as a 31-year-old, Boston rewarded O’Neal with $12 million over two years. O’Neal’s play plummeted after joining Boston — averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds in 49 games during his brief stint in green.

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Brooklyn Nets — Todd MacCulloch

Contract: $34 million over six years

Over the first two years of his career, MacCulloch averaged 3.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. If any franchise not named the Sacramento Kings would value that kind of production, it would be the Nets. For some reason that still escapes any realm of rational thinking, the Nets paid MacCulloch $34 million over six years. The big man put up better numbers with the Nets — 9.7 points and 6.1 rebounds — but was sent back to Philly after one season, and saw his NBA career end following his fourth year in the league.

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