In a market where a lot of the attention is focused on LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, some questionable contracts have been handed out the past few days. Free agents can't sign with their respective teams until July 10th, but the numbers reported so far are a little looney.
Avery Bradley of the Boston Celtics re-upped for four years at $32 million, Jodie Meeks signed with the Detroit Pistons for three years approximately $19 million and Ben Gordon latched on with the Orlando Magic for two years at $9 million. Wait...what? We're talking about three role players at best who just signed for $60 million in contracts. If that's any indicator, this free agency period will go haywire.
Bradley, the four year player out of Texas has played in over 60 games just once so far in his career. He's had two shoulder surgeries and one ankle surgery already at just the ripe age of 23. He did increase his scoring over five points per game last season and almost averaged 15 a game. Maybe that's a signal for the pay raise.
Meeks has spent five seasons in the NBA and this will be his fourth different team. You just have to wonder where he fits in the Pistons rotation, especially if rumors are true of the hard pursuit of Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas. That would give them Thomas, Brandon Jennings, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Will Bynum in a crowded backcourt. But Meeks is coming off a career year averaging 15.7 points per game so maybe that warrants the big payday. Let's just hope he cracks the rotation.
And last but not least...Ben Gordon, oh Ben...Gordon played 19 games last season for the Charlotte Hornets and averaged a little over five points per game, five. That's about how much he'll make per year with the Magic. He just hasn't been the dynamic player teams have looked for since 2009 with the Chicago Bulls, when he averaged over 20 points per game. He'll have a shot at playing time as he'll back up Victor Oladipo at the two.
If there's one team this doesn't bode well for, it's the Miami Heat. Team President Pat Riley has done a great job the past four years building the team around the Big three by getting veterans to agree to come play at less than their value. That may not be the case this offseason with money getting handed out like candy.
If these three are landing contracts like that, it makes you wonder what the Kent Bazemore's and Nick "Swaggy P" Young's of the world are going to receive.