NBA free agency is causing chaos as a few of the deals have rolled out on the table portraying a massive jump in the salary cap this year. With a not-so-strong free agent class and team availability being high this shot a curve ball up through the pay structure, but are the players benefiting from these contracts really worthy of them?
There are a few superstars in search of a new home this season, such as Dwight Howard, Kevin Durant and even LeBron James after he recently opted out of the final year of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but surprisingly these players are not the reason behind all the confusion. The salary cap has been increasing over the years for all major professional sports teams, but this year the NBA has released deal details for a few rotational players that are considered to be absurd.
Nicolas Batum agreed to a 5 year deal with the Charlotte Hornets that is worth $120 Million, he averaged 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 5.8 assist per game last season as the Hornets finished with a 48-34 record.
Mike Conley agreed to a 5 year deal with the Memphis Grizzlies that is worth $153 Million, he averaged 15.3 points 2.9 rebounds and 6.1 assist per game last season as the Grizzlies finished with a 42-40 regular season record.
The Grizzlies have also signed Chandler Parsons to a $94 Million deal that is set to range over a 4-year term.
These are just a few players that have harnessed deals so far and there are still more deals to be made before the deadline July 7th 2016, but the amount of money ranging between these 3 players alone is roughly $367 million, an estranged amount based off their performance and historical numbers.
Social media went into an uproar as these deals made it full circle. Not only were fans outraged, but also other NBA players, as well as NFL players, weighed in:
So are these the types of deals NBA players should get used to seeing? What types of contracts should we expect for players who have reached superstar status? I guess we’ll find out.