The 5 most overpaid athletes in Cleveland sports – cleveland.com
So this list isn’t easy.
When we compiled the most underpaid athletes in Cleveland, it wasn’t hard to get a list of 10 together. The intent was to get to 10 for this list of the most overpaid athletes as well. Who’s going to pass up a chance to tell a millionaire he’s not earning his keep?
But it couldn’t be done.
This list isn’t 10 players long. And as a heads up, there are no Cavs here.
From LeBron James ($30.9 million) to Kevin Love ($21.1 million) to Kyrie Irving ($17.6 million) to Tristan Thompson ($15.3 million) to J.R. Smith ($12.8 million), the Cavs pay their most important players the right amount of money.
Irving is obviously more valuable than Love. And Iman Shumpert, next on the team in salary this season at $9.6 million, is questionable when he’s not in the rotation. But when he’s playing solid defense for 20 minutes per playoff game, as he’s been doing since sitting out Game 1 vs. Indiana, he’s earning that money.
So Shumpert didn’t deserve to be on a list like this. Neither did Love.
Meanwhile, the Browns are so young and have dumped so many veterans, they don’t have a lot of fat contracts on the roster for guys who aren’t doing much. But they have a couple.
So which Cleveland athletes did make this overpaid list? Here we go.
By Doug Lesmerises
May 12, 2017