Rashad McCants
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Following a controversial but successful college campaign, Rashad McCants entered the NBA in 2005, when he was selected 14th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Though he showed a lot of promise, he never broke out as the star some believed he could’ve been.

What happened? If you ask McCants, he blames his NBA failures on his high-profile relationship with Khloe Kardashian.

In a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, the former lottery pick said the relationship made people doubt his commitment in the NBA, leading to the end of his career… and potentially big-money contracts.

“Without that situation in play, I’m a $60-70 million player. Easily,” McCants told the paper, when asked what his biggest regret was.

McCants played nearly four seasons in Minnesota, before he was shipped to Sacramento in 2009. After that, teams stopped calling. Around the same time, he and Khloe called it quits.

Since then, he’s had two failed stints in the NBA D-League and a handful of contracts overseas.

Today, McCants is hoping for a fresh start, with Ice Cube’s new three-on-three league, the BIG3, which he was recently the top pick in the eight-team league’s draft. Its 10-city tour starts in Brooklyn, NY in June.

“At 32 years old, with seven years being unacknowledged at all, it’s not gonna be my fight to get back to a place that doesn’t want me,” he told the Charlotte Observer. “To be picked No. 1 in the BIG3, it feels like home.”