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That is how I look when I watch you play, Elton.
In all seriousness, NBA contracts are completely out of control. How can any non-elite team become one? They need to intentionally lose all of their games, so they have the CHANCE to get lucky and draft a superstar.
I am a Philly guy, so let us examine my Sixers for a second. The Sixers had one of their worst seasons in 20 years last year, and they lucked out and received the No. 2 pick in the draft. However, there was no Kevin Durant or Gary Payton to be had in this particular draft (former No. 2 picks).
The Sixers got Evan Turner. Now, this is not to bash on E.T., as I think he will be a very solid player in the NBA for the better part of a decade, but no one will mistake Turner for a guy that could turn around a franchise. I mean, he can't even break the starting lineup for an under .500 team.
In the NFL, if you sign a player to a big contract and he turns out to be a bum, what happens? The team is forced to swallow the signing bonus they paid the player, but they are allowed to cut him and at least save some of that money and put it towards another player.
In the NBA, if you sign Elton Brand for $80 million and he stinks up the joint but no one is watching, does it make a sound? YES! When teams have salary cap space in the NBA, they feel pressured to go out and sign the biggest name available to put fans back in the seats. But, the best free-agent players have shown for the past decade that they will only sign with title contenders.
So, how can the middle of the pack teams get any better?
The NBA needs to follow the NFL's blueprint of allowing teams to pay as big of a signing bonus that they wish to lure free agents to their teams, but still have the flexibility to release the player (and release their obligation to his contract) if he turns out to be a bust.