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Stephen L. Carter

In Praise of Sports Stars Leaving Money on the Table

Pro athletes who accept sub-market-value contracts aren't subsidizing greedy owners. They're making a business judgment.
All the way to the bank.

All the way to the bank.

Photographer: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Lots of big salary news out of the National Basketball Association the past couple of weeks:

Stephen Curry of the league-champion Golden State Warriors just signed a deal that will pay him $40 million a year for the next five seasons. James Harden of the Houston Rockets is guaranteed $228 million over the next six years. Everybody’s getting paid. Otto Porter Jr., the third-best player for the good-but-not-great Washington Wizards, will make $25 million a year.