Big money, high expectations and disappointment. Throughout NBA history you can spot the corpses of teams whose demise was linked to a free agent signing that never panned out.

Signing the right guy can send a struggling team to the NBA Finals while acquiring the wrong guy can cripple a franchise for years. In this new era of $100-plus million contracts, teams are betting their future on the ability to discern the valuable assets from the pretenders. The guys below fall into the latter category, and a few of them have become the most vilified athletes in the history of basketball, leaving fired general managers, broken franchises and rampant regret in their expensive wake.

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