NBA Free Agency 2012: Ranking the Offseason's Smartest Contracts

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NBA Free Agency 2012: Ranking the Offseason's Smartest Contracts
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In recent years, NBA summers have been marked by overspending. To say the league has been fiscally irresponsible would be an understatement, as All-Stars are paid like team owners, starters have earned All-Star salaries, and role players have been paid like starters.

Still, every offseason, there are teams and GMs who manage to capitalize on the trends of the open market, take a chance on a veteran or use their title-contender status to lure in players at a steep discount. These savvy signings can be the difference between a first-round exit and a potential run to the championship, even if they don’t necessarily make waves when they happen.

In an era of overspending, let’s take a moment to celebrate teams that spent this summer addressing needs, bringing in talent on the cheap and simply improving their roster in any way possible.

Without further ado, here are the 11 smartest contracts signed during 2012’s NBA free-agency period.

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