The All “We Now Make More Than Steph Curry” Team
Who wants to be a multi-millionaire?
If you're a free agent in this year's NBA free agent class, you definitely do, judging by the at-times eye popping amount of money handed out during the very first day of acquisitions. Take, for example, Jeremy Lin. You remember that whole Linsanity thing that lasted like two weeks, right? Well, he's become a solid role player, someone who contributed to the modest success of the Charlotte Hornets 2015-16 season, one that ended in a 1st round playoff exit.
Jeremy Lin and Stephen Curry will make almost the same amount of money next season.
Yes, it'll be the only time you'll hear the words "Linsanity" and "unanimous MVP" in the same sentence, but it's true. Lin's $36 million deal with the Brooklyn Nets, returning him to the New York City area, will go over 3 years, affording the 27-year-old journeyman $12 million per year. In comparison, Curry, who is in the final year of his first pro contract, signed when the salary cap was 60% lower, will make $12.1 million next year.
While Curry, whose deal expires after next season, will no doubt get a big fat cut of gravy train during next summer's free agency period, the fact remains that some not-so-superstars are making wayyyy more than superstar money, with that superstar in question being Curry, whose just over $12 million salary seems like pocket change in comparison to some of these deals made on Friday. In fact, we're able to form a bit of a team of these guys that....let's face it, probably wouldn't win 73 games together. Let's take a look at the starting five....
C-Timofey Mosgov (LA Lakers)
The Deal: 4 years, $64 million ($16 million/year)
Curry and the Warriors had a tough time guarding Mosgov, formerly of the Cavs, during the recently concluded NBA Finals...mostly because it's hard to guard a guy who doesn't enter the game that often, as he played just 25 minutes in the 7 game set. That's also a lot of money being paid to a guy who has his own Urban Dictionary entry.
PF Jeff Green (Orlando)
The Deal: 1 year, $15 million
Poor, poor Jeff Green. From the minute he was drafted in 2007, he was involved in transactions, sent to Seattle in what became known as the Ray Allen trade for Boston, the team that drafted him. Orlando, who ponied up the dough for one year of the veteran, who will now be playing for his 4th team in as many seasons.
SF-Solomon Hill (New Orleans)
The Deal: 4 years, $52 million ($13 million/year)
Though he did miss 23 games due to injury, Hill, a 3rd-year players, still suffered in his stats this season, dropping from 8.9 PPG to 4.2 for example. The ex-Pacer did pick his numbers up in the postseason, but still, $13 million per year is a lot for a 7.7 PPG in a lone seven game playoff set.
SG-Mike Conley (Memphis)
The Deal: 5 years, $153 million ($30.6 million/year)
There's no denying that Conley is a diamond in the rough in the NBA circles, one of the most underappreciated players in the Association today. But ponying over (*Dr. Evil pinkie to lip motion*) 30 million dollars, currently an NBA record, to a guy who has NEVER made an All-Star Game is kinda sorta preposterous, no?
PG-Evan Turner (Portland)
The Deal: 4 years, $70 million ($17.5 million/year)
Turner was once one of the many saviors in Philadelphia's famous "process", but he was soon shipped off to Indiana in 2014, four years after the 76ers made him the #2 pick in the 2010 Draft. He migrates to Portland from Boston, where his most famous moment in green comes from LeBron James telling him "you tried".
Bench: G Evan Fournier, Orlando (5 years, $85 million); SF Kent Bazemore, Atlanta (4 years, $70 million); PG Jordan Clarkson, LA Lakers (4 years, $50 million); SG Nicolas Batum, Charlotte (5 years, $120 million; C Dwight Howard, Atlanta (3 years, $70.5 million); F Joakim Noah, New York (4 years, $72 million)
Now, if you can fit these guys under the salary cap...you might have an 8th place team to work with here....money well spent!
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