One thing that is for certain is that Ibaka will make $49 million over four years after the 2012-2013 campaign is finished. What is still up in the air is $2.5 million which Ibaka could get if he is awarded with the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and is named a part of the NBA All-Defensive First Team (thats $51.5 million total if you didn’t want to do the math by the way. You’re welcome).
You’ll be happy to hear that there have been some ridiculous incentives in the NBA over the years and here they are, courtesy of the Bleacher Report:
- The Clippers were ready to give Baron $1 million if he played in at least 70 games and the team won 30 games. That’s right—Los Angeles was willing to pay an extra million bucks for a 30-52 record. The best part about that incentive is that Davis beat the odds and played in 75 games, but the Clippers finished with just a 29-53 record.
- (Tony) Battie, then on the Nets, had a base salary of just over $6 million, but he was owed an extra $100,000 if he played in 50 games and averaged eight rebounds, another $100,000 if he averaged five free-throw attempts in those games and an extra $100,000 if he was active for 50 games and his team made the playoffs. By the way, Battie played in just 15 games in the 2009-10 season, so he ended up getting none of that extra dough.
- The most bizarre of these incentives was given to Nick Collison, who would be given an extra $100,000 if he were to win an MVP award.
To be honest the incentives given to Ibaka are very good ones. But bad news for Ibaka is that a man called Dwight Howard should be playing for most of next season and will have a new skip in his step. But who knows? After all it is the NBA and crazier stuff has certainly happened.