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For some it's a springboard. For some it's an opportunity lost. And for some it's a lifestyle. Here are five of the more intriguing 10-days
"I just take things one 10-day at a time," the peripatetic guard said in 2004, upon signing his sixth 10-day deal. He wasn't kidding. When Goldwire (above) last played in the NBA in 2005, the count was 11.
Nearly two years after his last NBA game, Perry signed with the Suns on Jan. 22, 1994. That night he started and had 11 assists in a one-point win over Portland. The Suns eventually signed him for the rest of the season, and Perry lasted in the league until 2002.
Easily the most successful pitcher among 10-days, Hendrickson gave up on basketball in 2000 after a four-year career in which he signed five 10-day contracts. The southpaw has since won 57 major league games.
With only seven healthy players for their Jan. 24, 1978, game, the Washington Bullets decided to pick up Johnson, who was choppered to the Capital Centre 20 minutes before tip-off and signed a 10-day in the training room. He had six points in 13 minutes that night, and it wasn't long before Washington signed him to a multiyear contract. It paid off: Johnson had 36 points in the final two games of the 1978 Finals, as the Bullets overcame a 3--2 deficit to beat Seattle.