How much did it cost former Cal star Allen Crabbe when the Warriors passed on him with the No. 30 pick of Thursday’s NBA draft and he dropped to the Portland Trail Blazers with the first pick of the second round?
How about three-quarters of a million dollars over the next two years!
We won’t know for sure until Crabbe signs with the Portland Trail Blazers and makes their roster.
But using last year’s No. 31 pick — Jeffrey Taylor — as a guide, the slide into the second round will be plenty costly to Crabbe.
In 2012, the Warriors had the final pick of the first round and used it to take big man Festus Ezeli, who earned $1,020,960 as a rookie. The Charlotte Bobcats took Taylor with the No. 31 pick — first in the second round — and signed him to a non-guaranteed contract of $575,000.
This season, Ezeli will earn $1,066,920, Taylor $788,872. Again, Ezeli’s money is guaranteed, Taylor’s is not, meaning he could be cut by the team and lose his salary.
Even assuming Taylor plays the full season, the salary difference over two years is $750,952.
The Warriors passed on Crabbe to select Serbian guard Nemanja Nedovic with the No. 30 pick on Thursday. Nedovic could remain in Europe for now, but if he signs with the the Warriors, he’s likely to earn $1,056,720 as an NBA rookie.
Crabbe’s rookie salary?
Probably more than sufficient for any of us to survive on, but it won’t be as much as Nedovic could earn, and it won’t be guaranteed.