Perhaps Brandon Marshall should have taken his own advice and done a bit more research before launching into this rant.
On the latest “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 heated up when Marshall declared that most NBA players don’t have fully guaranteed contracts. Marshall’s co-hosts tried to cut him off, but he was already in too deep.
“Not everybody that’s on an NBA roster has a guaranteed contract,” Marshall said. “There’s four guys on an NBA team that got guaranteed contracts, and everybody else can be cut today and don’t got nothing. Look it up!”
Just a small problem here. Uh, Marshall is wrong.
As Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus noted, the vast majority of NBA contracts are guaranteed. Yes, certain contracts can be non-guaranteed depending on how a player and team negotiate the deal, but those are not common cases.
I mean, I think most people know that NBA contracts are guaranteed. Some (maybe 5-8% typically, haven’t counted) can start the season non-guaranteed by by Jan 10 each year (non-pandemic) – all of them are after that point
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) April 5, 2021
And if that’s not enough for Marshall, he can simply ask Hawks guard Lou Williams or Lakers forward Jared Dudley about how NBA contracts work. The two veterans have signed a few of them.
🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️ This man can’t be serious??? 95% of players have guaraenteed contracts… Sometimes 1 person per roster will sign a partial with a later date to either being cut or signed for the remainder of the season.. Only top Elite QBs have similar NBA deals https://t.co/9K9j1Mwlzg
— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) April 6, 2021
Marshall’s energy was terrific. He just needs better information.