This NBA offseason has been something to take note of as a lot of high-profile players will be in new uniforms this year, and a lot of that has to do with free-agency and teams going out and signing a guy they think could be a good fit and player for their roster. With free-agency comes attaching price tags to players, and a lot of the talks during signing time is players getting overpaid or underpaid for their talents. This has been a historic free-agency money wise with Steph Curry and James Harden earning incredible amounts of money this summer.
In this article we will be looking at 15 signings teams have made this summer, and look at 8 players who got overpaid and 7 players who were bargains for their respective teams. NBA teams are usually able to really give the guy they want some serious money, but getting players for a bargain is always something teams want to do, and overpaying for players that don't match the price you payed for can be pretty embarrassing for franchises.
Feel free to leave any other players who were overpaid or a bargain in the comment section.
Here are 8 NBA players who got overpaid this summer and 7 who were bargains.
15 Overpaid - Blake Griffin (5 Years, $173 million)
The Clippers have decided to try to stay relevant in the Western Conference, as trading Chris Paul could have been the sign they wanted to begin their rebuilding phase. They decided to bring back Blake Griffin on a massive 5 year, $173 million contract, which seems a bit much for a guy who has had troubles staying on the court due to injuries.
Griffin has shown flashes of being one of the best big men in the league, but his career has been on the downward slope the last few seasons. The Clippers are paying Griffin a hefty contract, which will keep them a solid team in the league, but it may just not be the right decision considering they probably won't be real contenders for the Larry O'Brien trophy.
14 Bargain - Andre Roberson (3 Years, $30 million)
Andre Roberson is a solid young player for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and while he isn't one of the biggest names or most polished players in the league, he does some good things for his team and deserved a bigger payday. Now $10 million a year is nothing to sneeze at obviously, but for the millions and millions of dollars being payed out by NBA franchises, it may have been a nice statement to Roberson by giving him a big contract. He just turned 25 years old, and still has room for improvement. Roberson will most likely be the other starting guard along with Russell Westbrook as the Thunder look to make some noise in the Western Conference. Anyway, it was a solid move for OKC.
13 Overpaid - Andre Iguodala (3 Years, $48 million)
Bringing back the former Finals MVP to the Warriors bench was essential in ensuring more success for Golden State, so overpaying him was probably the right idea for the franchise. Over his last three seasons with the Warriors, he has averaged about 8 points per game for the team, and while he hasn't been the biggest piece on the offensive end, he makes up for it as an excellent defender. Iguodala is currently 33 years old, and his best years in the NBA are behind him. The Warriors were very generous in offering their veteran that much money, as he probably wasn't actually worth that on the open market, but the Warriors were taking no chances. The Warriors likely paid for what Iguodala was, and not what he will be.
12 Bargain - Nick Young (1 Year, $5.2 million)
Nick Young brings clout and popularity to a team. And While he has had his problems on the court throughout his career in the league, he had a solid season with the Lakers last year, and could be a valuable addition to the already incredible shooting of the Golden State Warriors. Young could be especially dangerous on a team such as Dub Nation, because everything is so free flowing and Young will be wide open for his fair share of three pointers next year, and will definitely knock down a lot of them. For a touch over $5 million, the Warriors are getting a solid player that will add fanfare to their excellent team they have built. It is a little ironic Young would join them after bashing them just under a year ago.
11 Overpaid - Jrue Holiday (5 Years, $125 million)
Yes it's important for the Pelicans to have a good point-guard to pair up with their excellent front-court in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Jrue Holiday looks to be the guy going forward to try to contend in the West in New Orleans, as the Pelicans offered him a massive offer sheet of $125 million for 5 years, which makes Holiday one of the highest paid players in the league. A one-time all-star with the Sixers, Holiday still has a lot of good game left in him, but he isn't necessarily a premier guard in the NBA. He is above average that's for sure, but he has had troubles staying on the court due to injuries, and this $125 million signing could come back to bite the Pelicans bad, as they overpaid their point-guard on this one.
10 Bargain - Rudy Gay (2 Years, $17 million)
Rudy Gay is a proven scorer in the NBA, and the Spurs made the right move with signing him as he will add another scoring option for the great San Antonio team they have. They also got him for a steal, as he is a dynamic offensive player and will be a key piece to the success of the Spurs this year. Gay hasn't been on very good NBA teams for the last couple of seasons, but I believe he could come into the Spurs and do some damage if he buys into their culture and system. It seemed as though Kawhi Leonard was getting a lot of 1 on 1 action during the season, and Rudy Gay could be a nice addition to help spur the offense, no pun intended.
9 Overpaid - J.J. Redick (1 Year, $23 million)
As a 76ers fan, I believe J.J. Redick will be a great addition to our young team, and I'm glad we went out and got him, even by overpaying him. J.J. Redick is a knockdown shooter in the NBA, and will most likely put up very solid numbers in Philadelphia this season, as he will be a great piece to the teams success and compliment the facilitators the team has. Spacing the floor for guys like Joel Embiid, Redick will be an instant fan favorite in Philly, and made the right move going to an up and coming team such as the 76ers. Still, he is being overpaid for his talents for a single season - $23 million for 82 games is an incredible amount of money, as he is being paid on the level of superstars. The 76ers have the money however, and the deal will be good for both parties in the end...hopefully. #TrustTheProcess.
8 Bargain - Shaun Livingston (3 Years, $24 million)
While Andre Igoudala brings more fanfare to the team, I believe Shaun Livingston is a more valuable bench player than Andre is. Shaun Livingston really is a great role player for Golden State, and his length and ability to score makes him someone who is very hard to stop for bench defenses, as we have seen him have some pretty solid games. Being paid half as much as Andre Igoudala, the Warriors got Shaun for a bargain, as he definitely is talented enough to be paid with the likes of guys like Andre.
The Warriors did a great job in retaining their bench pieces, as Shaun Livingston is a guy a lot of NBA teams would like to have on their roster.
7 Overpaid - Joe Ingles (4 Years, $52 million)
Joe Ingles will have a bigger role on the Jazz next season due to Gordon Hayward leaving for the Boston Celtics, but Ingles really isn't the guy to be giving over $50 million to. He is 29 years old, and has only been in the league for a few seasons, having yet to average more than 8 points per game. The Jazz have given him minutes to produce I might add, as in the playoffs this year, he averaged over 30 minutes per game, but only managed to average 6.5 points per contest. So how does Joe Ingles deserve to be paid over $5o million, I'm not too sure at this point.
Good for Ingles though, as $52 million is a lot of money, and hopefully he can show his true talent now that Hayward is gone, because that's definitely what the Jazz is hoping for.
6 Bargain - Jamal Crawford (2 Years, $8.9 million)
The Minnesota Timberwolves are going to be one of the best teams in the league next year, and with all the additions to their team like Jimmy Butler and Jeff Teague, adding Jamal Crawford on a 2 year $8.9 million deal is a bargain for sure. Crawford is getting up there in age as he is now 37 years old, but his game has stayed relevant due to his ability to cut up defenses with his craftiness and shooting touch instead of speed and strength. Having a guy like Crawford on a championship contending is going to be valuable, as he is a nice spark off the bench, and many NBA teams would love to have him.
Playing for just over $4 million a year is a steal for the Wolves, as Jamal Crawford is easily one of the best bench players of all-time.
5 Overpaid - Gordon Hayward (4 Years, $128 million)
Gordon Hayward was the prized possession of this summer's offseason, and he was actually expected to be paid more than the Celtics gave him. The Celtics made the right move in signing him, but to sign Hayward, they had to trade their defensive specialist Avery Bradley to free up cap space, which ultimately, hurts the Celtics. Kyrie Irving has even stated that Bradley is the best defender against him in the league, and trading a guy like that when your probably going to be facing them in the Eastern Conference Finals is something that could end up hurting them.
Hayward wasn't necessarily overpaid money-wise, but to acquire him, the Celtics traded away easily their best defender. Hopefully their team chemistry isn't messed up following this move.
4 Bargain - Dirk Nowitzki (2 Years, $10 million)
Dirk Nowitzki is a living legend, and the greatest Dallas Mavericks player of all-time. If a guy like that tells you he wants to stick around for a few more seasons, you give him the money he deserves. They are getting a veteran presence of legendary proportions for their team, and getting him for just $5 million a year is a bargain for sure. While Dirk certainly isn't the player he used to be, he has done so much for the Mavericks organization. Leading them all the way as champions in the 2011 NBA season, Dirk achieved what seemed impossible as they beat the incredibly talented Miami Heat. Dirk has shown other NBA players around the league what loyalty means and we commend him for that.
3 Overpaid - Kyle Lowry (3 Years, $100 million)
Kyle Lowry is a solid NBA point guard, but he is not worth $33 million a year. He is one of the least consistent stars in the league, as we have seen him have some pretty incredibly bad strings of games over the past few seasons, which even arose during the NBA playoffs which is something the Raptors just can't afford. However, the Raptors went and gave Lowry a massive contract for his talents, and while he will keep them afloat in the weak Eastern Conference, Lowry just doesn't deserve to be paid $100 million for three years of play. Maybe the Raptors can defeat the Celtics and the Cavaliers and make it to the NBA Finals, then all the money put out to one of their star players will be worth it.
2 Bargain - Kevin Durant (2 Years, $53 million)
Kevin Durant took a pay cut to continue playing with his championship team in Golden State, as he is only being paid a bit over $50 million for two years of service. Without a doubt one of the best players in the league and possibly the best offensive threat in the league, Durant looks to be ready to begin a dynasty in the Bay Area, as he is ready to take whatever pay cuts necessary in order to keep the star players around him and on the team. The Warriors are the greatest NBA team of all-time, and to continue to stay together, players will need to take play cuts to in order to keep what they have intact, and it looks as though the stars are buying in, as Kevin Durant could be paid twice the amount had he tested the market.
1 Overpaid - Tim Hardaway Jr. (4 Years, $71 million)
The Knicks can't seem to do anything right at this point. Tim Hardaway Jr. is making more money in just this signing than his father made in his entire legendary NBA career. Yea, the Knicks overpaid for this guy as he is not a $71 million dollar player. He is still young, but he has had his fair share of time in the league, and has not done much to make a name for himself in the league. The Knicks made a questionable move in bringing back Hardaway Jr., as they traded him away a few seasons ago and not much should have changed their mind about the shooting guard.
The Knicks organization has some serious problems that need to be dealt with, and signing Tim Hardaway Jr. to a 4 year, $71 million contract fixed none of them.