The Utah Jazz Paid Salary To Their 1993 First Round Draft Pick Until July 1st, 2019

File photo courtesy of Luther Wright

The Utah Jazz Paid Salary To Their 1993 First Round Draft Pick Until July 1st, 2019

 

I don’t know how many of you are familiar with Luther Wright?! Wright was a former first round pick. He was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 18th pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.

However, Wright only played 15 games over the course of his rookie year, averaging 1.3 points. These 15 games also were the last games of his professional career.

Playing only 15 games wasn’t because he was lacking talent, but because of his mental issues. In January of 1994, police found Wright at a highway rest area, banging garbage cans and smashing in car windows. Wright entered a mental institution, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and left the team.

A sad story indeed, but not a story of relevance for the NBA today? Well, it’s not that easy. You see, the 7’2 big man, was still under contract with the Jazz until the end of this past season.

Under the terms of his contract settlement with the Jazz, Wright was going to be paid $153,000 a year for 25 years. These 25 years ended on July 1st, meaning that Wright’s employer still was the Utah Jazz franchise until just recently.

Today, Wright is putting his life back together and has earned a job at his alma mater, Seton Hall.

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