The 2011 NBA free agency, like almost every other year, will provide some contracts blown completely out of proportion. Teams overbid on players that either had one great year, or simply seem to have a ton of potential.
Josh Childress is an example of this. The Phoenix Suns signed him on for five years and $33.5 million at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Childress played less than 20 minutes a game and only averaged five points per outing.
Rashard Lewis is easily the most overpaid athlete in the NBA today. When Lewis moved from Seattle to Orlando, the Magic signed him to a six-year, $118 million contract. After three moderately productive seasons for the Magic, he was traded to the Washington Wizards.
This season, only Kobe Bryant made more money than Lewis in the entire NBA. Lewis' salary will increase in the next two seasons, peaking at over $23 million in 2012-13.
When a position with high demand is thin in the free agent pool, teams will overpay for an average player. Teams will do anything in their power to snag at least one player from the free agency.
Here's a bunch of players that could earn more than they're worth this offseason.