Tyronn Lue may not have been paid much, but he didn’t contribute much.
Surprisingly this is the only free agency move on this list made by Michael Jordan. He mostly made mistakes in the draft and then solidified his bad reputation by playing on the team and holding back player development.
While Tyronn Lue may not have been an egregious signing, it is one of the worst signings in franchise history because he just didn’t do much. Once again circling back to the long history of mediocracy in free agency.
He was paid slightly more than the league minimum and was promise an increase in minutes to lure the guard out of Los Angeles where he could have kept competing for championships. He even managed to start 24 games in his second and final season with the Wizards.
During his time with the team, he averaged a whopping 8.2 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.9 rebounds per game in 23.6 minutes per game. He was a good shooter for the time but didn’t contribute much past that.
He was given $1.7 million in his first season and $1.8 million in his second with the team. For reference, Michael Jordan made almost a million dollars less than him per game in those two seasons.
The league minimum in 2002 for a player with Lue’s experience was $612,000. Over a million less than what he ended up receiving. With contracts the way they were 20 years ago, this is just not the greatest signing for them.