Maybe Brandon Marshall should have taken his own advice and done a little more research before embarking on this rant.
On the last “I Am Athlete” show, the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver discussed the differences in contract structures for NBA and NFL players with Channing Crowder, Chad Johnson and Fred Taylor. The conversation ignited when Marshall said most NBA players don’t have fully guaranteed contracts. Marshall’s co-hosts tried to cut him off, but he was already too deep.
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“Not everyone who’s on an NBA roster has a guaranteed contract,” Marshall said. “There are four guys on an NBA team who have guaranteed contracts, and anyone can be cut today and have nothing.
Just a little problem here. Uh, Marshall is wrong.
As Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus noted, the vast majority of NBA contracts are guaranteed. Yes, some contracts may be unsecured depending on how a player and team negotiate the deal, but these are not common cases.
I mean, I think most people know NBA contracts are guaranteed. Some (maybe 5-8% typically didn’t count) may start the season without a guarantee on January 10 of each year (non-pandemic) – all are after this point
– Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) April 5, 2021
And if that’s not enough for Marshall, he can simply ask Hawks goalie Lou Williams or Lakers forward Jared Dudley how NBA contracts work. The two veterans signed a few.
🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ Can’t this man be serious ??? 95% of players have guaranteed contracts … Sometimes 1 person per roster will sign a partial with a later date to be cut or signed for the rest of the season. Only the best Elite QBs have similar NBA deals https: / / t .co / 9K9j1Mwlzg
– Jared Dudley (@ JaredDudley619) April 6, 2021
Marshall’s energy was tremendous. He just needs better information.