This year’s free agency period produced some of the largest contracts of all time. We all know about Joe Johnson’s enormous six-year, $121 million deal and Amare Stoudemire’s five-year, $100 million deal, and while you do need superstars to win, it’s also important to have high quality role players.
This free agent period definitely favored the players, as contracts signed early on increased the value for almost every free agent. Although many teams paid big money for not so big players, there were some good deals made.
For example, the Dallas Mavericks signed Brendan Haywood to a six-year, $55 million deal. Now Haywood is a decent player, but the Mavericks are already deep into the luxury tax and Haywood is already 30 years old. It just doesn’t make any sense for them to keep digging themselves into a deeper and deeper hole just to sign Brendan Haywood of all people. This is a deal Mavs fans will be cursing for the next decade.
Let’s take a look at some of the best deals made this offseason. We’ll start at 10.