Josh Smith has said he is not happy with his $6.9 million salary according to reports.
The forward signed with the Los Angeles Clippers this off-season after being a free-agent bust with the Detroit Pistons, finishing with the Houston Rockets.
When he signed his four-year deal with the Pistons before the 2013-14 season, he was on a $54 million contract. When the Pistons cut him though, they were obligated to give him $5.4 million a year till the 2019-20 season.
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Alongside the $1.5 million he will earn during his one-year contract with the Clippers, Smith will be earning $6.9 million this season.
According to the Detroit News, Smith has said this isn’t enough.
He said: “At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family. So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it and, you know, try to do something long term after this year.
“But I think this year focusing on doing something special with this group of guys."
Before being cut by the Pistons last season, the 29-year-old averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds in 28 games. He shot 39.1 percent from the field and had a career-low 46.8 percent from the free-throw line.
This isn’t the only time Smith has thought he deserves more money. He once had a $30 million offer, three-year contract from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but turned it down as he felt it was insulting.
Since joining the NBA, the forward has banked $91 million in salary, obviously that isn’t enough to feed his family.
No wonder so many Piston fans were happy to see him go.