Two years ago
$4m gap between Kings and Sixers: Wright
In this tweet by Lachy Reid https://twitter.com/Lachy_Reid/status/1194135824637427713 he mentions that Joey Wright, when asked how to close the gap on the Kings, responded: "$4 million, anyone got $4 million?"
I started to think about the Kings' potential salaries, and Joey might actually not be too far off the mark.
Of course this is not fact and based on heresay, but I think I've read that Bogut is on something close to $1m. Ware was on big money at Melbourne United and then got a raise that they couldn't match to go to Sydney. So he is on huge money. Lisch, whilst older now and probably on reduced money, I recall when he joined Sydney it was for a significant amount. So I'd imagine that relatively speaking he is still on fairly big money. Newley and Kickert are also older now so I would imagine would be on reduced wages, but are two guys who have been well paid during their careers so unlikely to be on chump change.
Then you have Louzada, an NBA draftee who could've probably got decent coin to be stashed in Europe. I think I read that Hampton was on something like $400K? so Louzada might be in the same bracket (notwithstanding that the league foots the bill). Having said that, maybe the league was willing to pay Hampton more because the team that drafts him will need to pay a contract break fee. Not sure if Louzada signed a similar 2-year deal or not?
Does anyone else think Joey's estimate of $4m is not too far fetched?