This NBA offseason has been as nearly as entertaining as the playoffs were. NBA owners and GM’s have seen a jump in the league’s salary cap and have been throwing money around like a Powerball winner. I understand that there is an amount that every team has to spend but what has me scratching my head is not the fact that the money was spent but who the money was spent on. Let’s just take a look at the contracts that made me say… Why?
5. Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies – Conley was viewed as the most underrated point guard in the NBA until he recently agreed to a five-year contract for $153 million. The Grizz paid an awful lot of money for a guy that has never made an All-Star team.
4. Harrison Barnes, Dallas Mavericks – The Mavs have agreed to sign Harrison Barnes to a max deal for four years and worth $94 million. We all knew that Barnes would get close to a max deal but many believed that he lost money due to his performance during the NBA Finals this past season.
3. Chandler Parsons, Memphis Grizzlies – Memphis needed a scorer and agreed to sign Parsons for four years and $94.8 million. Parsons has played just over 60 games in each of his past two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks due to knee injuries. Chandler Parsons must help Memphis get to the Western Conference Finals to justify his max contract.
2. Evan Turner, Portland Trail Blazers – It appears that the Trail Blazers were looking to add some depth to their backcourt and will get help from Evan Turner to the tune of $70 million for four years. Why is this a bad deal? This is a lot of money to invest in a guy who is likely to come off of the bench, dominate the basketball and may not help anyone get better.
1. Timofey Mozgov, Los Angeles Lakers – The Lakers needed a lot of help, especially at the center position and went to pull Mozgov away from the Cleveland Cavaliers. They agreed to pay him $64 million for four years. The only problem here is that Mozgov was not a major reason why Cleveland won the championship, in fact, he only averaged 5.6 minutes in the playoffs for the Cavaliers. The Lakers could have gotten an equally talented player for half of the money.
The free agent period is not over. These agreements are just the ones that made me shake my head so far. It has been an amazing offseason and I look forward to seeing how all of the team’s final rosters take shape to find out how the power balance of the league shakes out.
By Gordon Robinson