The best bargains in the NBA are rookies and superstars. This is due to mandatory contract restrictions, the likes of which often lead to the underpayment of the sport's most thrilling talents.
A superstar is restricted to what he can make on a "max" contract. If the cap didn't exist, Mikhail Prokhorov would probably pay LeBron James hundreds of millions of dollars to pack his bags for Brooklyn.
The same kind of value exists on LeBron's former team. Cleveland only has to pay Kyrie Irving on his rookie salary scale until 2016, even though every team would happily offer him three times his salary.
This article will focus on the Association's values that don't happen via shrewd negotiation. Instead, we're spotlighting the bargains that come from sheer general management savvy.
Great value can be found in the following risk vs. reward contracts.