NBA free agency has cooled off. It’s time to analyze the best and the worst deals during this summer of extraordinary spending.
The capacity for extraordinary spending in NBA free agency this summer somewhat altered the definition of what made a good deal and what made a bad one.
Last season’s $70 million salary cap jumped to $94 million, a record $24 million increase that made any semblance of normalcy disappear. Everybody had cap room, and they all wanted to use it. Some teams used the new circumstances to their advantage and others lost their minds.
More emphasis was placed on the percentage of the cap that the contract takes up than the actual contract itself. It wasn’t easy to determine what was one of the ‘best’ contracts and what was one of the ‘worst’, but we tried.