NBA: Calderon given $415K for being with Warriors for just 2 hours
Minimum wage workers in the United States earn a measly $7.25 (P366) per hour. Now imagine NBA role player Jose Calderon earning $415,000 (over P20 million) just for spending two hours with the Golden State Warriors.
After being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, the 35-year-old Spaniard was on the verge of suiting up for the Dubs and serving as a third-string guard for the Western Conference powerhouse, Sports Illustrated reported.
However, after superstar Kevin Durant went down with a knee injury, the San Francisco-based franchise decided to tread a different path instead.
To fill in for his spot, the Warriors opted to use their remaining player slot to sign veteran forward Matt Barnes.
They paid the man $415k for a two-hour stay, AND cut the check for his jersey. The Calderon chapter… https://t.co/5oPr1vGUPA
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 2, 2017
But in a move that showed a great deal of class, the Dubs signed Calderon as promised, and waived him two hours later.
For his troubles, the team also paid him the full $415,000—the salary he would have earned if he stayed with the team for the rest of the season.
The team was keen on signing him, so much so that they already had his jersey prepared before their game against the Chicago Bulls.
Warriors sign Matt Barnes, waive Jose Calderon. But there was still this jersey outside of the visiting locker room in Chicago: pic.twitter.com/EKUFUlMUZM
— Michael Singer (@msinger) March 2, 2017
Calderon is on his 12th season in the NBA and has been a steady floor general for the five teams he has suited up for. Khristian Ibarrola /ra