In the NBA, money talks.
And rightfully so, since the Association is a business. Cash buys talent; talent earns victories; victories entice fans; fans generate revenue.
That's why the NBA offseason is so important. Meaningful basketball isn't being played, but the immediate futures of teams—in all aspects—are being determined; the free-agency period is all about maximizing the potential of a franchise's product.
But does frivolous, borderline excessive spending guarantee success, or does it simply perpetuate the stigma that championships cannot be bought?
Because while some teams opt to throw money at any household name they encounter, others are more reserved in their spending, instead emphasizing the existence of continuity, stability and, in some cases, empty pockets.
But which philosophy, which methodology is king? Is it the penny-pinchers, moderate spenders or perpetual check-writers who are getting it right?
All one needs to do is take a look a this summer's finances and the resulting product to find out.
*Note: Offseason financial figures will not reflect drafted rookie contracts, extensions or amnesty-wire pickups and will take into account projected cash commitment over the entirety of player deals.