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John Salmons
SG/SF - 6'6, 207lbs - 44 years old - 13 years of NBA experience
Retired - Retired after 2015 season
  • Birthdate: 12/12/1979
  • Drafted (NBA): 26th pick, 2002
  • Pre-draft team: Miami (FL)
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
9th April, 2002USBLDrafted 35th overall in the 2002 USBL Draft by Florida Sea Dragons.
2002 NBA DraftNBADrafted 26th overall by San Antonio Spurs.
2002 NBA DraftNBADraft rights traded by San Antonio, along with Mark Bryant and the draft rights to Randy Holcomb (#57), to Philadelphia in exchange for Speedy Claxton.
12th July, 2002NBASigned four year, $4,264,961 rookie scale contract with Philadelphia. Included team option for 2005/06.
28th October, 2004NBAPhiladelphia exercised 2005/06 team option.
24th July, 2006NBASigned five year, $25.52 million contract with Sacramento. Included early termination option after 2009/10 season.
18th February, 2009NBATraded by Sacramento, along with Brad Miller, to Chicago in exchange for Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Michael Ruffin and Cedric Simmons.
18th February, 2010NBATraded by Chicago, along with the right to swap 2010 first round picks (exercised; Milwaukee moved from #17 and Kevin Seraphin to #15 and Larry Sanders), a 2011 second round pick (#60, Isaiah Thomas) and a 2012 second round pick pick (#60, Robert Sacre), to Milwaukee in exchange for Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander.
22nd June, 2010NBAExercised early termination option.
8th July, 2010NBARe-signed by Milwaukee to a partially guaranteed five year, $39,166,000 contract.
2011 NBA DraftNBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by Milwaukee to Sacramento, along with the draft rights to Jimmer Fredette (#10), and along with Corey Maggette to Charlotte, in exchange for Beno Udrih from Sacramento, and Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the draft rights to Tobias Harris (#19) from Charlotte.
9th December, 2013NBATraded by Sacramento, along with Patrick Patterson, Greivis Vasquez and Chuck Hayes, to Toronto in exchange for Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray.
30th June, 2014NBATraded by Toronto, along with a 2015 second round pick (#50, Marcus Eriksson), to Atlanta in exchange for Lou Williams and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira (#16, 2013).
10th July, 2014NBAWaived by Atlanta.
22nd August, 2014NBASigned a one year, $2 million contract with New Orleans.
19th February, 2015NBAAs a part of a three team deal, traded by New Orleans to Phoenix in exchange for Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from Miami.
21st February, 2015NBAWaived by Phoenix.
Career Moves
1998 - 2002Miami FL (NCAA)
June 2002 - June 2006Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
July 2006 - February 2009Sacramento Kings (NBA)
February 2009 - February 2010Chicago Bulls (NBA)
February 2010 - June 2011Milwaukee Bucks (NBA)
June 2011 - December 2013Sacramento Kings (NBA)
December 2013 - June 2014Toronto Raptors (NBA)
June 2014 - July 2014Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
August 2014 - February 2015New Orleans Pelicans (NBA)
February 2015Phoenix Suns (NBA)
Articles about John Salmons

June 25, 2011

Ric Bucher kicks the night off with the announcement of a three team trade between Charlotte, Sacramento and Milwaukee, one which highlights the futility of ever trying to predict trades. [No one alive predicted this. No one even predicted the framework of it.] Bucher tells of how Charlotte will trade Stephen Jackson, Shaun Livingston and the #19 pick to Milwaukee, in exchange for Corey Maggette from Milwaukee and the #7 pick from Sacramento, thereby ending my own Stephen Jackson-based aspirations.

The trade also includes John Salmons and the #10 pick being sent from Milwaukee to Sacramento, in addition to Beno Udrih going the other way, thereby making the deal from the Kings perspective a swap of Salmons for Udrih, and a trading down of three spots. Salmons was a King between July 2006 and February 2009, when he was traded to Chicago along with Brad Miller in exchange for Andres Nocioni's lengthy contract, Drew Gooden's expiring contract, and some peripheries. Sacramento's motivation to deal was to save short term money by taking on long term money. They then did the opposite, taking on short term money to open up long term cap space, when they traded Nocioni and Spencer Hawes last summer for Samuel Dalembert. And now they have used that cap space.......on John Salmons. It is, needless to say, a baffling trade, and one that could have been avoided had the Kings done more than 5 seconds of Googling and checked to see if Salmons had gotten much worse since he left.

The rest of the deal is fairly simple to comprehend. Charlotte moves up big by giving up two decent but excess guards, and accelerates a long moribund rebuilding process. Milwaukee beings the long process of undoing their own expensive mistakes, gaining some contributors in the process. But as for Sacramento........what was the point? What was the aim? What does this deal hope to achieve? The answers get no clearer throughout the evening.

(Stephen Jackson is reported to be unhappy about being traded to Milwaukee. Him and a thousand others. Wait until the day comes that he's traded to somewhere where he's not allowed to wear a headband. It's going to kick off.)

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June 9, 2011

[T]he amnesty clause (that we're having to pretend will exist here, but which almost certainly will exist in some form) will further expand the range of available talents. A lot of decent players are going to become available, not because they can't play the game, but because they can't justify their contract. A lot of the candidates are obvious and inevitable, some perhaps less so. Here's a potential list:

- Milwaukee: John Salmons, Corey Maggette and Drew Gooden - Pretty much every dollar Milwaukee gave out last summer is one they would like back. Salmons put up his worst season since his Philadelphia days, while Maggette proved to yet another team who hoped to convert his numbers into production that it wasn't possible. Meanwhile, Drew Gooden barely played, and shot every time down when he did, hitting only 43% of said chucks.

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July 2, 2010

Later in the day, it was announced that the Bucks have also tentatively re-signed swingman John Salmons to a 5 year, $39 million deal, that may increase in value with incentives.

Salmons was always likely to re-sign, and now - although no deal can be completely finalised for we are in the July Moratorium - it seems as though he will. The $39 million figure means a contract of about $1.4 million annually more than the value of the mid-level exception, which is a significant paycheck for a decent but not great player. It does mean, however, that Salmons made the right decision to opt out.

Milwaukee needs a scorer more than ever, particularly from the perimeter. Michael Redd will never play for Milwaukee again, and the only consistent half-court scorer is centre Andrew Bogut. Even then, Bogut is better defensively. (Note: Drew Gooden doesn't count as a consistent half-court scorer.) In this regard, Salmons carried the Bucks down the stretch of last season, when Bogut was injured and Brandon Jennings stuck in reverse. He saved their season.

Now, they'll be hoping he can carry them in a similar fashion for the next five years.

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February 21, 2010

The Bulls and Bucks both did two trades, including one with each other. Chicago was determined to find some more 2010 free agency money, as well they should be, so they dumped two average players for four mediocre-to-bad ones to ensure it. They first traded John Salmons to the Bucks for the expiring contracts of Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander. And later they followed that up by trading Tyrus Thomas to Charlotte for Ronald Murray, Acie Law and a future first round draft pick. One that won't get until at least 2012 due to the outstanding first that Charlotte already owes Minnesota (Ty Lawson deal) via Denver (Alexis Ajinca deal).

In both instances, the outgoing Bulls player was the best player in the deal. And you never like to see that. Yet both of those players were only average; fringe starters and quality backups, useful but far from integral, and not the kind of player you jeopardise the possibility of a big free agency run for. Salmons would probably have opted into his contract next season, which would have been debilitating to the Bulls free agency hopes. So for the cost of two second rounders (the pick swap will not be relevant), the Bulls removed this risk. Thomas was going to be a free agent anyway, who would inevitably have to have been renounced; his stay in Chicago was well and truly worn out.

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