Why Lakers’ Jared Dudley and NBA Twitter Lost Cool Over Brandon Marshall Comments on Guaranteed NBA Contracts?

Published 04/08/2021, 11:25 PM EDT
Dec 13, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Jared Dudley (10) shoots against Los Angeles Clippers center Ivica Zubac (40) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


Former NFL superstar Brandon Marshall recently caused a stir in the NBA community with a pretty intense rant about the contracts given to the players in the league.

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In an appearance on his podcast, I am Athlete, Marshall, while arguing with co-hosts Channing Crowder and Chad Johnson, about the difference between the contracts in the NFL and NBA, had a pretty bold take.

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Speaking about contracts in the NBA, Marshall explained how only a handful of players in the league have guaranteed contracts. “Not everybody that’s on an NBA roster has a guaranteed contract…There’s four guys on an NBA team that got guaranteed contracts and everybody else can be cut today and don’t got nothing.” 

Given how passionately the 37-year-old spoke about the same, one might be swayed away by the former NFL superstar, but is he correct with this latest take?

Is Brandon Marshall right about NBA contracts?

While Marshall’s conviction to his take is commendable upon simple research, it is clear that his latest take about contracts might not be the complete truth.

According to the latest edition of the Collective Bargaining Agreement of the NBA, which was decided in the year 2017, the NBA has majority of its players under guaranteed contracts.

Mar 7, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Team Durant guard Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets (11) handles the ball against Team LeBron guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30) during the 2021 NBA All-Star Game at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The only players who are under non-guaranteed contracts are players who have signed two-way contracts or 10-day contracts. These are generally the players who are either at the end of their long careers or inexperienced players with minimal experience at the highest level.

If these players can impress the teams, they can guarantee themselves with better contracts.

Lakers’ Jared Dudley reacts to Marshall’s contract

Given how viral Marshall’s latest take became, NBA twitter was at its best to troll the 37-year-old. Players like Jared Dudley, D’Angelo Russell, and Lou Williams also reacted to the same.

The NBA community also reacted to the former Bears wide-receiver.

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The latest take by Marshall certainly disturbed the hornet’s nest. What according to you is the most outrageous take about the NBA ever?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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