Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 8/25/14
The strangest thing Marcus Smart said when he announced he would forego the NBA draft and take his talents back to Stillwater was at the end of his explanation. "I'm aware of how much money I'm giving up," he said. A strange business decision for a guy whose business is basketball. Assuming Smart, who won Big 12 player of the year honors as a freshman at Oklahoma State, leaves after his sophomore season, he will have cost himself around 2 million. He was projected as a high lottery pick, and the NBA's rookie pay scale pays pays the No. 5 pick 2.9 million and slides down to 1.8 million for the 10th pick, 1.4 million for the 15th pick, and so on. Any sports agent alive would have advised Smart to declare, and most players in his position would already be fitted for their weird NBA draft suit. But there is another consideration too, one that's is often difficult for teenage basketball stars to see. The first NBA contract will make you rich, but it's the second and third contrac...
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