Friday, July 2, 2010

Seriously, $20 million for Darko?

Yesterday was the first full day that NBA teams could sign free agents, and it certainly seems like many teams just couldn't help themselves. The wild spending spree was almost like a wackier version of Brewster's Millions, only the top-tier free agents -- LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, and Dirk Nowitzki, etc. -- were not involved. Instead, these are some of the contract agreements and offers that were haphazardly thrown around:
  • Joe Johnson: 6-year, $120 million offer from Atlanta
  • Rudy Gay: 5-year, $82 million contract with Memphis
  • John Salmons: 5-year, $39 million offer from Milwaukee
  • Channing Frye: 5-year, $30 million deal with Phoenix
  • Drew Gooden: 5-year, $32 million contract with Milwaukee
  • Darko Milicic: 4-year, $20 million deal with Minnesota
  • Mike Miller: 5-year, $30 million offer from Los Angeles Lakers
  • Amir Johnson: 5-year, $34 million deal with Toronto
Just about every single one of those contracts is a head-scratcher. And, again, that was just the first day of free agency. Who's going to cash in today? Shelden Williams, Brian Scalabrine, Tony Battie, Aaron Gray, Oleksiy Pecherov, Luther Head, or Adam Morrison? Who knows, but don't be surprised if it happens.

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