I have no idea what’s going on.
I’m well aware that the cap went up. I’m well aware that means you have to take these contracts with a grain of salt.
I’m also well aware that the smart GM’s are being smart and dumb GM’s are being, well, dumb. There are guys getting $40M+ that I didn’t think would even be in the league in the next couple of years. Seriously, if you would’ve told me a few of these guys were playing overseas next year, I wouldn’t of batted an eye.
I’ll break down the 10 craziest deals so far. And trust me, it was hard to narrow it down to 10.
Timofey Mozgov – 4 Years / $64 Million
This dude didn’t even play for the Cavs. I mean, seriously, a team that wasn’t exactly long on depth couldn’t even find a way to get this guy on the floor and he’ll make over $60M over the next four years. I don’t care of the cap is a billion dollars and your owner is Bill Gates*, it doesn’t make sense.
Austin Rivers – 3 Years / $35 Million
Have you guys seen Austin Rivers play basketball? At the midway point of last season, he was all but guaranteed to be playing in Turkey next season. By the end of the season, he was a Twitter punchline. Now, his dad gives him over $10M per season the next three years. Nepotism is alive and well, my friends.
Al Hordford – 4 Years / $113 Million
He’s a nice player, by far the best of this list. This is just too much money.
Player A, Per 48: 23 PPG, 11 RPG & 5 APG, Age 30. Player B, Per 48: 25 PPG, 13 RPG & 3 APG, Age 31. One signed for $30M, the other $113M.
— Kyle O'Connor (@oconnorkyle) July 3, 2016
Give me Big Al at $10M per every day of the week.
Ryan Anderson – 4 Years / $80 Million
Again, he’s a nice player. But we’re talking about $20M. Twenty. Million. No thanks.
Jon Leuer – 4 Years / $42 Million
This may be breaking news but the Suns were not good last year. Still, Leuer was able to end up at 18 minutes per game and averages of 8 and 5. He parlayed that into over $10M per over the next four years. Good for him.
Kent Bazemore – 4 Years / $70 Million
He’s a guy I’d like to have as my sixth or seventh man on a title team. Solid shooter, can defend. But I’d only be willing to give him $7M or $8M a year to do that. He’s making well over double that.
E’Twaun Moore – 4 Years / $34 Million
Again, if you told me that he signed a 2 Year / $14 Million deal in Greece, I wouldn’t have batted an eye. I actually would’ve thought they overpaid.
Matthew Delladova – 4 Years / $39 Million
Yet another player that couldn’t see the floor for the Cavs. A team with very little depth and a team that needed fresh guards to run around and guard while giving Kyrie a break. He still couldn’t see the floor. And when he did, it was basically six on four. He’ll now make $10M per season.
Evan Turner – 4 Years / $70 Million
Turner is another one that is a nice player but little more. I always assumed that he would end up being a nice rotation guy on a good team but instead he’s getting paid nearly $20M a season.
Solomon Hill – 4 Years / $48 Million
I wanted to end with Hill because I’m a Pacers fan. I can tell you, without a doubt, that he’s not a good basketball player. I really wanted him to be. But he’s not. He averaged 4 points and 2 rebounds for the not very good Pacers last season. Those are numbers that usually leave you fighting for a roster spot the following season. Instead, he’ll make $12M per season over the next four.
A couple of these deals were given by GM’s that have seemed competent at one time or another. But for the most part, dumb deals from dumb GM’s. The world keeps spinning.
This much is obvious. The NBA superstars are grossly underpaid. And the ‘guys’ are grossly overpaid. I’m not sure what can be done to fix that moving forward but it’s comical that LeBron James will make max money at $30M and Al freaking Horford will be right behind him at $28M.
Now we wait and see on Kevin Durant. But I’ll be shocked if he ends up anywhere other than Oklahoma City. A starting five of Westbrook, Oladipo, Durant, Kanter and Adams gives you a solid shot at a title.
- You can copy and paste this into all 10 of the above deals.