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Who’s a Big Winner? Keith’s a Big Winner!


Keith Bogans, in my mind one of the three most underrated players in modern UK history (along with Ed Davender and Gerald Fitch), just had the best week imaginable. Over the last 2 seasons, Keith was paid just a little under 1 million dollars a year to play (often sparingly) for the New Jersey Nets. Bogans has played for nearly everyone in the league and even still being in the NBA is a blessing for the former UK star. But the Celtics-Nets trade last week turned Bogans into the biggest winner imaginable. As part of that trade, the Celtics had to give Bogans a HUGE raise to make it work, giving him $5 million a year for three years. Now only one of those three years is guaranteed, so it is likely Bogans only gets $5 million for one season in Boston. But when you consider he had made $4.6 million his last FOUR YEARS COMBINED, it was a big win. And why did it happen…because the Nets and Celtics had to make the salaries work and the only player eligible for the bump under the collective bargaining act was Keith Bogans. So he fell into a $4 million dollar a year raise.

Sometimes it is good to be the Keith…

Article written by Matt Jones

12 Comments for Who’s a Big Winner? Keith’s a Big Winner!

  1. Keith Bogans
    1:27 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Hell yea!!!!

  2. bcat
    1:31 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    And now we have two Wildcats here in Boston! booyeah!

  3. Sheeeeeiiit
    1:37 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Great news! He is a great guy I think. But I wonder if he still smokes them tweeds?

  4. pharcyde
    1:39 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    I’d pay time-warner extra to watch a Rondo/Bogans guard tandem.

  5. UKBlue
    1:41 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    This is awesome for Keith, too bad Rondo more than likely won’t be in Boston long. This trade shows why the Nets have no idea what they are doing: they give up 3 years of first round draft picks, have to pay $55 million in luxury tax, to gain 2 old players that maybe have if they’re lucky 3 good years left.

  6. bigbluetrue
    2:06 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats Keith!!!

  7. Barry Soetoro
    2:49 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    BTW, It is the BROOKLYN Nets not New Jersey Nets!

  8. Nets
    2:58 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    5) Are you serious? The Nets have a owner who sees the luxury tax as pocket change, the team is now in New York so he isn’t concerned about the draft he will get his players threw free agents. I like owners who put the money on the court for their fans!

  9. Coach Lampsteen
    3:08 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Now that is what I call the #kentuckyeffect

  10. Han
    3:28 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Heh, good for him. I still wonder what might have been if he didn’t mess up his ankle.

    I just hope Rondo can get out of Boston now that they’re looking toward being in the lottery to rebuild again. (Lakers won’t be far off when Howard leaves and Kobe eventually breaks.)

  11. Jonathan Tinsley
    8:23 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    As a Celtics fan I think well that destroys our salary cap space. But as a UK fan Good for Keith finally something is headed your way

  12. Ky_Tom
    9:23 pm June 30, 2013 Permalink

    Are YOU kidding me, the man should be able to retire today and never want for anything, EVER.. Making 4.6 million is the last 4 years, and now he will make that and more in just 1 season….That’s just short of 10 million in 5 years, or 2 mill a year. Hell I have worked for over 40 years, and have just barley made 1 million in that time span.. What is wrong with this world we live in today. Kids who refuse to grow up, play sports, and make millions, Kids who go to school, learn to be something other than a basketball player end up in debt to their eye balls with ton of debt for college tuition. Even the real smart ones, like Doctors, spend every dime they make, on liability insurance to keep from being sued for everything own…Yes our world is up side down with pro sports and how much money they can make………… jmho