Top Seven Contracts From The First Weekend Of Free Agency
The salary cap rising this offseason have led to plenty of absurd contracts. I don't know who else thinks Timothy Mozgov is worth 4 years for 64 million dollars other than the lakers. Maybe they know something I don't know... but I doubt it.
But if you sort through all the mess, there are some contracts that make a lot of sense. These are the contracts that prove that there are still some smart general managers out there.
7. Jordan Clarkson, 4 Years 50 Million Dollars (Los Angeles Lakers)
The Lakers have made some head scratching moves but this was a good one. Locking up Clarkson before anyone could get their hands on him was huge and is important to the young core they are building on in Los Angeles.
6. Jeremy Lin, 3 Years 36 Million Dollars (Brooklyn Nets)
Make no mistake about it, the Nets are going to be awful next year. It's going to be a tight race between them and the 76ers for the worst team in the league. But to get your starting point guard for only 12 million a year in this market is impressive, even if he is better served as a bench player. This contract will probably be one of the few wins the nets get all year.
5. Courtney Lee, 4 Years 50 Million Dollars (New York Knicks)
Obviously Dwayne Wade would of been the flashy name and the better player. However, Lee is probably the better player for this team. He provides good shooting and defense for the Knicks, and they clearly needed both. Want to hear something weird? The Knicks might actually be relevant this year.
4. Al Horford, 4 years 113 Million Dollars (Boston Celtics)
This is one of the more splashy contracts from this past weekend. Between the intangibles Horford brings and his offensive ability, he will dramatically improve that Celtics team. Danny Ainge put together a hell of a team, and he has the Nets' future first round picks. He looks like an evil genius right now.
3. Al Jefferson, 3 Years 30 Million Dollars (Indiana Pacers)
Jefferson has struggled with injuries and a slight decline in production. However, to bring an offensively skilled big man like Jefferson off the bench makes the Pacers a scary team. The Pacers have the pieces to challenge the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference.
2. Hassan Whiteside, 4 Years 98 Million Dollars (Miami Heat)
Whiteside possesses attributes that you can't teach. He is still young and he only seems to improve each year. If the Heat would have lost Whiteside to the Mavericks, their offseason would of been a complete failure. Now they need stop sitting on their hands and pay Dwayne Wade the money that man deserves.
1. Kevin Durant, 2 Years 54.3 Million Dollars (Golden State Warriors)
Do I really need to break this one down? We should just skip to June 2017 when the Warriors are the champions, the 76ers are still a sad excuse for an organization, and we get to do free agency all over again.
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