The NBA is a business, and just like any other enterprise, it's one that's predicated on good and bad investments.
Being able to predict what the market for a player will look like two or three years down the road is crucial to building a financially stable franchise, one that will ideally be able to compete long term.
However, paying for potential can often hurt clubs, but that's the risk-vs.-reward nature that accompanies making investments in a league like the NBA.
With teams always looking for ways to get ahead, it can pay to be financially savvy.
Note: Rookie contracts not considered in this evaluation. All salaries retrieved from HoopsHype, unless otherwise specified.