Unmovable contract? There's no such thing

Updated: September 8, 2004, 9:23 AM ET
By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
FOR SALE: Injured Shooting Guard with limited passing and rebounding skills and even worse defensive abilities for only $15.9 million.

That was last year.

This year, the asking price for Allan Houston is even higher and, believe it or not, he will become an even hotter commodity next year at this time when his six-year contract worth a total of $100.4 million will have only two years left on it.

That's right.

The best thing Houston has going for him is his expiration date that reads Summer of 2007, when the team paying his salary gets to wipe him off its books to clear space for another shot at the next great 3-point shooter or low-post threat with unbelievable potential and expanding wingspan.

But if you think Houston or any other NBA player with a bloated contract and diminishing skills is untradeable until that final year of his contract, then you are wrong.