Ranking the Worst NBA Free Agent Signings This Offseason
The NBA Free Agency period is a prime time for teams to fortify their roster, as they get the opportunity to land players that can help improve their odds of winning the following season.
Unfortunately it’s also a chance for some players to take advantage of their projected value, maximizing their worth to franchises caught up in the free agency fever and often fielding offers too good to pass up.
Last years prime example was the Kings signing of Carl Landy, a decent backup at best but still nowhere worth the nearly $7 million he makes a season.
And like the Kings, numerous teams still continue to overpay for mediocre free agents, eating up their cap space and ruining their chances of winning a title for years to come.
So which teams weren’t thinking long-term and got completely burned (trust me… it’s worth the click) this offseason? Read on to find out.
Honorable Mentions: Overpaid Top-Tier Free Agents
This section pertains to Chris Bosh, Marcin Gortat and Kyle Lowry. Although these guys received slightly more than what they’re worth, the teams needed to retain them or potentially face a miserable season. Yes these contracts are bad, but deep down they’re really not the worst of the offseason considering the loads of production their respective teams will receive.
5. Los Angeles Lakers: Jordan Hill – 2 years, $18 million
Hill has shown flashes of his potential, but was still unable to tap into it during the Lakers worst season in franchise history. Right now this deals all predicated on him developing into the double-double machine he’s been projected to be for years. To make matters worse, he’ll have to compete for minutes with Julius Randle, Carlos Boozer and Ed Davis.
4. Dallas Mavericks: Chandler Parsons – 3 years, $46 million
Although the Mavs improved their chances of contending for a title this season, Parson’s bloated contract also completely suffocates their cap room. Don’t get me wrong, Parsons has the potential to develop into an All-Star, but right now he’s set to make more money than Paul George, James Harden and DeMar DeRozan – guys who have actually proven their true value.
3. Sacramento Kings: Darren Collison – 3 years, $16 million
Collison has proven he’s incapable of being a full fledged starter, after failed attempts with the Dallas Mavericks and the Indiana Pacers. To think he’s worth about $1.5 million less than former starter Isaiah Thomas is beyond me… I guess it’s just another example of the Kings’ mind blowing logic.
2. Charlotte Hornets: Marvin Williams – 2 years, $14 million
Almost every year Charlotte shells out a bad contract, and this one was no different with the franchise offering $7 million a year to a guy that has a history of underwhelming wherever he goes. Does paying this kind of money for a backup make any sense at all? If so, please explain it to me.
1. Utah Jazz: Gordon Hayward – 4 years, $63 million
Gordon Hayward’s a phenomenal complimentary player, but to say he’s worth about $16 million a year is a huge overstatement. Normally players making that kind of dough average nearly 20 points a game, but this three point specialist averages a mediocre 16 – the same amount he’ll make a season.
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