Four-time NBA All-Star Latrell Sprewell played 13 seasons with the Warriors, Knicks and Timberwolves. Over those years he earned $97,060,000 (around ($144 million adjusted for inflation).
Following the 2003-04 season where he averaged 12.8 points per game – his career-low, Minnesota offered him a three-year contract extension worth $21 million. (He had earned $14.6 million the previous year – left over from his contract with the Knicks.)
Sprewell infamously turned down the offer, saying, “Why would I want to help them win a title? They’re not doing anything for me. I’m at risk. I have a lot of risk here. I got my family to feed.”
He never played in the NBA again.
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After his NBA career came to an end, Sprewell was sued by his wife for $200 million, had his yacht named “Milwaukee’s Best” repossessed, defaulted on his $1.5 million mortgage, and had to pay over $3 million in back taxes.
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