Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks (2015 salary: $22.9 million)
The actual dollar amount of Anthony's contract, especially with the aforementioned incoming cap increase, is actually pretty tolerable, even if you question whether 'Melo can lead a team to a title. It's everything else about the deal that should have Knicks fans squeamish. Anthony has four long years left on his deal, and with the way his body has been wearing down, there's every chance that his best days are behind him. His contract, in turn, prevents the Knicks from fully rebuilding -- because even if they wanted to send him elsewhere, he has a 15-percent trade kicker and no-trade clause, the latter of which he'd have to waive. Although he is still capable of performing like a star, Anthony's deal is trending more toward albatross than asset.
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Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (2015 salary: $25 million)
A distinction must be made with Bryant's contract. In terms of overall value to the Lakers franchise, Kobe is worth every penny. The amount of revenue the Black Mamba's brand generates for the Lakers is unfathomable. But he is simply no longer an elite player -- or even a good one, frankly -- and should not be paid as such. While contemporaries such as Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett took significant pay cuts in recent deals, Bryant commanded the maximum. That's fine; he's certainly earned the money. But his contract has significantly hampered the Lakers' ability to be active in free agency. This might not be the worst contract in the league, but it's the most damaging.
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Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls (2015 salary: $20.1 million)
This almost seems like unfair piling on, but Rose's presence on this list was inevitable. He's no longer the player who won the league MVP award in 2011, which would be bad enough, given how much he's being paid. But the fact that he's unable to stay on the court due to suffering injury after injury is an even stronger indictment of his current contract, which will pay him more than $41 million over the next two seasons. Rose could probably use a change of scenery at this point, and he has said that he's already thinking about free agency in 2017. We hope Rose bounces back, but there's no way his next contract will be anything close to his current deal.
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Omer Asik, New Orleans Pelicans (2015 salary: $9.2 million)
Asik is not a bad basketball player, although each time he's asked to catch a pass is an adventure, to say the least. But beyond his yearly salary, locking Asik into a four-year deal (reportedly with an option on the fifth) makes very little sense for a team also paying Anthony Davis -- a transcendent star in the making who might be better served playing at center long-term if the Pelicans jump on the small-ball bandwagon. Asik's value ostensibly comes on defense, but New Orleans really wasn't a whole lot better on that end when he played last season. Even worse, any defensive improvement was erased by Asik's offensive struggles.
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Enes Kanter, Oklahoma City Thunder (2015 salary: $16.4 million)
We've all had an entire offseason to digest it, but the contract the Thunder gave to Kanter still makes zero sense. Heck, the trade that brought the big man to Oklahoma from the Utah Jazz is still a head-scratcher. Consider the following: The Jazz were 27th in defensive efficiency when they traded Kanter last year. The Thunder were 10th. From that point forward, Utah had by far the league's best defense. Oklahoma City, meanwhile, ranked 27th over that span -- which was apparently enough to convince Thunder GM Sam Presti to match a $70 million offer sheet for his prized midseason acquisition. Kanter puts up decent box-score numbers on offense, but it's not clear he actually helps a team on that end overall. Add it all up, and you have the NBA's worst contract.