The NBA’s five highest paid teams
Thursday , Nov , 15 , 2012 Matt Formica

The NBA’s five highest paid teams

The following is a list of the NBA's top five highest salaried teams.  (And thanks to for providing the data).

Hoopsvibe's quick call:  This list proves that the best team isn't always the one that spends the most money.

1.)  The Los Angeles Lakers - $102,256,438

Point and case.  The Lakers may have the largest payroll in the league but their current record is the worst on this list.  The organization kept busy this offseason and when they acquired both Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, it was looking like the purple and gold were the team to beat.  And indeed, they have been the team to beat.  Yes, it's still early in the season, but having won only three games with their expensive lineup is pretty embarrassing. Let's hope the recent hiring of Mike D'Antoni turns things around.

2.)  The Miami Heat - $87,595,822

It shouldn't come as much of a shock that the Heat are number 2 on this list.  They pretty much cleared out their books a few years ago to make sure there was enough cap space for Lebron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to be on the roster.  And as it turns out, that was a good idea.  Micky Arison, Pat Riley and company made a good decision in doing so seeing that the Heat are the defending NBA Champions and are currently sitting at the top of their division.

3.)  The New York Knicks - $82,010,527

The Knicks could quite possibly be the surprise of the season so far.  J.R. Smith is posting career numbers, averaging 18.2 points per game.  Raymond Felton is averaging 14 points and 6.2 assists while Carmelo Anthony's 26.8 ppg leads the league in scoring.  As a result, they're 5-0; all the while Amare Staudemire has been on the bench with knee injury.  Who knows if they'll keep it up, but it will certainly be interesting to see how they play with Amare back in the lineup.

4.)  The Brookyln Nets - $83,511,726

The NBA's newest team are 4-2 to start the season.  They have a new stadium in the Barclays Center and with Deron Williams, Brooks Lopez, Kris Humphries and Joe Johnson on their payroll, they certainly have a few expenses.  But if they continue to win games, those expenses most likely won't be much of an issue.

5.)  The Memphis Grizzlies - $77,098,154

I was pretty surprised when Memphis came in at #5 on this list.  I would have thought Boston, or San Antonio, or even Oklahoma City would have been ahead of the Grizz.  Then again, they do have Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on their roster.  Those three guys alone take up about $47 million of the payroll.  And for good reason; they combine for over 51 points per game.

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Wednesday , Nov , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Blazers to cut Brandon Roy?

Here's hoping Allen does. And that the longest look is into Roy's eyes. Brandon's out," a league executive told me Monday. "Don't know the exact details, but everyone around the league knows it's way, way done. Paul and Bert (Kolde) are calling the shots on this one."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Oh how the mighty has fallen.

Not long ago Brandon Roy was heading up a basketball renaissance for the Portland Trail Blazers. Zach Randolph and The Jail Blazer era was out, while Roy, the perimeter version of Tim Duncan, was in.

And the basketball-mad Rose City rejoiced, qualifying for the playoffs with a young crew  that was almost as talented as the upstart Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Blazers, who knew Roy had knee troubles, went ahead and signed him to a lucrative six-year contract for the league maximum.

At the time, it was the right move.

Knee surgeries have hampered Roy’s play. He fell out of favour with the coaching staff, lost his starting position, and spouted off to the media about his minutes during last year’s playoff.
Some inspired play during those same playoffs won’t be enough to save him.

The Blazers will likely take advantage of the amnesty clause in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and cut ties with their one-time franchise face.

This will be especially painful for Roy, a Northwest native. The talented swing will dust himself off and salvage his career, though.

He just won’t do it earning max’ money. Welcome to the new and cost-effective NBA.

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Monday , Sep , 05 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Billups, Randolph, Wall, and other NBA-ers to play in ‘Lockout League’

The site will be the Impact Basketball gymnasium, about two miles from the Strip. The unofficial commissioner will be Joe Abunassar, a longtime trainer of N.B.A. players. More than 40 players, locked out of N.B.A. facilities because of a labor standoff, have committed to play. Chauncey Billups, John Wall, Zach Randolph and Stephen Jackson will be among the headliners.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You want basketball. You got it. Well, sort of.

Reports indicate up to forty NBA players will suit up for the Impact Basketball League which is set to begin in Las Vegas in mid September.

The big names include Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Zach Randolph, and John Wall, who will use the Vegas run to prepare for training camp and the upcoming NBA season.

And there’s the catch.

Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee we’ll have a season in 2012. So this, ‘the lockout league’ as some have dubbed it, may be the best we can hope for.

--Oly Sandor.

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Tuesday , Aug , 23 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Zach Randolph invited drug dealer to house

Police say Zach Randolph met a man dealing marijuana aboard a charter cruise ship in Portland on Friday and invited him to his mansion later in order to sell weed to the 20 or so guests at Randolph's after-cruise party.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Zach Randolph has a problem.

Yesterday, HoopsVibe News reported that Randolph was not directly involved in an assualt at his residence between 'The Hoop Posse' and a drug dealer.

Well, it turns out the power forward (allegedly) invited the man into his home to sell weed to guests after a boat cruise in Portland.

This changes things. There are now legal ramifications.

I have two thoughts. First, Randolph has to cut ties with the infamous entourage that keeps getting him in trouble. He’s no longer a rookie with the Trail Blazers. He’s a man, and should take greater responsibility for the company he keeps.

Second, if Randolph can’t cut ties then he should avoid The Rose City. Nothing good happens for him in Portland; fans, residents, and police don't like him and his friends.

Randolph has disposable income. He can live where he likes. Why not reside in another city and avoid the trappings of Portland?

--Oly Sandor.

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How Did We All Forget About Zach Randolph?
Wednesday , May , 04 , 2011 Paul Eide

How Did We All Forget About Zach Randolph?


All Zach Randolph does is produce. Sure he’s sort of an enigma, but no matter where he goes, and no matter what auspicious circumstances surround him, at the end of the day he puts up numbers. And this year he’s doing more than that; he’s leading an unheralded Memphis team into uncharted waters compared to most of the eighth seeds in NBA history.
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Monday , Mar , 21 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Grizzlies and Randolph close on four-year extension

The Griz initiated and held serious contract negotiations with Zach Randolph over the past week, and both sides continue to discuss the framework of a four-year extension that could be finalized soon. Randolph, who leads the Grizzlies with 20.1 points and 12.6 rebounds per game, would become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season if no deal is reached.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Say what you like about The Hoop Posse. Say what you like about Zach Randolph’s past, especially in Portland, New York, and Los Angeles.

This is all fair game: the strippers, the bad press, the questionable behaviour. Randolph has a past. We all know it.

However, he’s been a professional on-and-off court with the Memphis Grizzlies. There have been few, if any, run-ins with the law or the locals.

Of course, Randolph’s play has never suffered. Not one bit. Simply put, he’s a double-double machine, averaging well over 20 points and 10 rebounds per night.

And Randolph’s size and skill-set next to Marc Gasol gives the Grizzlies a formidable inside presence that opponents are hard pressed to match.
The fact that the Grizzlies are negotiating with Randolph before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is a sign of their faith in the veteran left-hander.

Now the Grizzlies won't meet Randolph's past demand of Pau Gasol money: three-years, $60 million. He does, however, deserve a nice extension. And he’ll get it.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Dec , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amar’e Stoudemire and Ray Felton saving New York Knicks

After a difficult start to the 10-11 season, Amar'e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton took control of the Knicks' locker room and the team responded with a five-game winning streak.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Talent matters. So does chemistry.

For instance, the New York Knicks once spent a fortune amassing a roster of fantasy players. These players were individually talented, but never made those around them better.

Stephon Marbury was worried about his brand. Zach Randolph was worried about his statistics, while Eddy Curry was worried about, well, something other than basketball.

Other Knicks were also guilty of me-disease. They played basketball like it was an individual sport. The four other guys wearing the same uniform were a nuisance to achieving their goal.

Much of this goes back to the Isiah Thomas era. Zeke’s get-mine approach in the executive suite trickled directly down to the players.

It has taken years to rid Madison Square Gardens of this dysfunction. Now the Knicks are flying high, though. They’re playing team-first basketball. They’ve won 8 of 9.

Their recent success is due to the leadership of two players: Ray Felton and Amar’e Stoudemire.

Not long ago, the Knicks were struggling. They weren’t together. They were disjointed. And they were 3-9.

The media was circling. Executive Donnie Walsh and Coach Mike D’Antoni were on shaky ground. And Stoudemire, who signed a $100 million free agent contract this summer, seemed like a mistake.

Felton and Stoudemire stepped up on-and off court. They took control of the locker room by challenging others to improve their play. They started using the pick-and-roll to terrorize opponents.

It’s ironic that the change started with these two.

Before signing with New York this July, Felton had a mostly mixed run in Charlotte. He wasn’t a bust; however, he was behind other point guards from the 2005 draft like Deron Williams and Chris Paul.

Fair or not, Stoudemire also had a mixed reputation. He gave himself the nickname Standing Tall and Talented, and has been known to call himself Black Jesus.

Individually great, Stoudemire never made those around him better. His gaudy numbers were seen as a result of Phoenix teammate Steve Nash.

Well, Felton has taken a giant step. As has Stoudemire. Together, they're creating a new era of Knick basketball.

--Oly Sandor.

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Wednesday , Jun , 02 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Amen to ‘Team Tyreke’

"He said, 'I didn't know how fast I was going. I didn't know this or that.' I said, 'I'm sure you didn't know, but you've got to be smarter than that. You're 20 years old, you're independent, and you've got to make better decisions. What if you hurt somebody, or what if you hurt yourself? I don't care how late you were. You call and say you're going to be even later.' He's sorry he did it."

Julius, who is also known as "Doc," wasn't done with the phone call. He posted a message on his Twitter account Tuesday morning (approximately 11 a.m. Pacific time) saying he had told Evans he must apologize
to the Kings and their fans. Evans, who could not be reached by FanHouse for comment, responded to his brother's demand less than an hour later, with the message on his account reading, "Apologies to fans, the Kings and my fam for bad decision making. Driving is a privilege & speeding was a mistake. I've def learned my lesson."

Which is exactly why "Team Tyreke" exists in the first place.

While many NBA players have entourages or extensive networks of family and friends, few -- if any -- are like the Evans bunch. They've been helping him learn lessons, and avoid these types of mistakes, from the time he was a rising young talent back in Chester, Pa. While he was dominating AAU tournaments, putting on a four-year show at American Christian Academy in Aston, Pa. and later starring in one season at the University of Memphis, they were creating a structure that was geared toward maximizing his talent and helping him avoid missteps on the path to prominence.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: This is what more young NBA stars need.

Instead of having a team of yes men who give into his every whim, Evans has legitimate mentors. There's a difference. Yes men won't say no because they're afraid of upsetting their meal ticket, while mentors have lives, life experience, and always serve the best interests of the person they work with.

Evans should be thankful for 'Team Tyreke'. After all, how many talented players have faltered because they had a posse of yes men instead of mentors?

Consider that Eddy Curry, Zach Randolph, and Antoine Walker have recently been in the headlines for off-court transgressions. This wasn't their first time in the news. And perhaps their fates would be different if a team of advisors were in place. 

With his mentors, Evans, the reigning Rookie of the Year, will learn from this incident and be better for it.

Got thoughts on Evans' speeding ticket and Team Tyreke? Let us know in the comment box below.

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Friday , May , 28 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Zach Randolph and The Hoop Posse Strike Again

A longtime friend of Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph faces drug dealing charges after he was stopped in Indianapolis driving an SUV owned by the NBA player.

Court documents say the 32-year-old man was arrested May 11 after officers who stopped him for a traffic infraction found more than three ounces of marijuana in a cooler inside the Cadillac Escalade.


HoopsVibe's Call: Just when Randolph thought he was out, The Hoop Posse pulls him back into the headlines.

The veteran supposedly cut ties with his old entourage that was notorious for breaking the law. And this was why Randolph supposedly had such a banner campaign for Memphis: posting 20-10 numbers, making the Western Conference All-Star team, and helping the Grizzlies crawl closer and closer to respectability.

Apparently not.

To be fair, Randolph isn't yet guilty of anything except poor judgement. But it's never wise to lend/give a friend your car, who happens to roll with three ounces of the 'icky-icky'.   

Randolph, it seems, isn't quite out The Hoop Posse. However, he may want to re-think this relationship, especially heading into a contract year.

Got thoughts on Randolph's boys once again making news? 

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Monday , Apr , 05 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Zach Randolph: I Want to Play

The Grizzlies entered Sunday having been officially eliminated from the postseason. But Randolph logged 43 minutes, posting 24 points and 18 rebounds.

Randolph said he's not looking to start his vacation early.

"I definitely want to play," Randolph said. "We want to finish with a winning record and I want to be a part of that."

The Griz are 39-37 with six games left to play. Randolph has appeared in all but one game this season. And even though the Griz began a five-games-in-seven-day stretch Sunday, Griz coach Lionel Hollins said he won't make any radical changes.

"I'm going to still try to play the guys who are playing the best. The other night our bench guys came in and did a good job. They got significant minutes. It's just a matter of finding the right time for them."