The Los Angeles Clippers used to be bad. Really bad. Going into the 2009-2010 season, the franchise had enjoyed only one winning season in the previous 18 years. It's safe to say expectations were low, which is how one of the most depressing performance bonuses in sports history came about. When Baron Davis signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Clippers, a performance bonus of a million dollars was to be added to his 2009-2010 earnings if he could meet two simple benchmarks: play in at least 70 games and help the Clippers win at least 30 games. Davis achieved the first one by playing in 75 games, but the Clippers won only 29 games. That extra "L" cost Davis a million bucks.
The 7 Craziest Performance Bonuses in Sports History
Performance bonus provisions in pro athlete contracts can get pretty outlandish. STACK looks at seven of the wildest contract clauses in sports history.