Andrew Goudelock made $475,000 last season as a second round pick with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Goudelock was cut by the Lakers before the season opener this season and went on to play in the D-League, ultimately winning MVP honors.
The Lakers signed Goudelock for the final two games of the regular season and playoffs following Kobe Bryant's season-ending injury.
“I’m broke,” Goudelock said. “I’m cool. Nobody would know that I’m broke. I just come here with a smile on my face.”
Goudelock averaged 21.4 points in the D-League and is now starting for the Lakers int he playoffs.
“This business just keeps getting crazier,” Goudelock said. “I wouldn’t think I’d be here two weeks ago. Nothing happens the way it’s supposed to happen. This is a great opportunity, going from the D-League a week and a half ago to starting in the playoffs. It shows you the nature of the business.”
Goudelock was living paycheck to paycheck after finishing up his rookie salary.
“I was so broke I had to borrow money,” he said. “I’ve had the same girlfriend since college, and I had to call her to give me money and she’s still in college, but I didn’t have any other choice. I didn’t want to call my parents. I’m too old for that. Some days I couldn’t even eat, and she sent me money. It’s definitely an experience I’m going to tell my kids about.”
Goudelock made about $1,200 every two weeks while he was in the D-League, while his per diem was $40.