John Rashall Salmons (born December 12, 1979) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the University of Miami. Salmons was drafted out of the University of Miami, with the 26th overall selection by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2002 NBA draft. He was then immediately traded with Mark Bryant and the rights to Randy Holcomb to the Philadelphia 76ers for Speedy Claxton for whom he played through the 2006 season, averaging 4.1 points per game.
Salmons was set to be acquired by the Toronto Raptors on July 13, 2006, in a sign-and-trade deal with Philadelphia. On July 21, 2006, however, there were reports that Salmons was having second thoughts about going to Toronto, and the sign and trade to Toronto was canceled.
On July 24, 2006, Salmons signed a multi-year contract with the Sacramento Kings. On December 22, 2006, he recorded his first triple-double of his NBA career against the Denver Nuggets with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Salmons was traded to the Chicago Bulls along with former Bull Brad Miller on February 18, 2009 in exchange for four players. He proved to be a key contributor in the Bulls making the 2009 NBA Playoffs, continuing to average over 18 points per game for the season. Salmons also logged a whopping 44.7 minutes per game in the playoffs, as there were a combined 7 overtime periods in the Bulls’ first round series against the Boston Celtics. The Bulls were eventually eliminated in game seven of that series.
On August 26, 2014, Salmons signed with the New Orleans Pelicans.
On February 19, 2015, Salmons was traded to the Phoenix Suns as a part of a three-team deal that also involved the Miami Heat. He was subsequently waived by the Suns two days later alongside former Suns player Kendall Marshall.
Career highlights and awards
Second-team All-Big East (2002)
Third-team All-Big East (2001)