NBA free agency 2017:
the money pit that is the NBA

The 2017 NBA offseason shocked the world when it made it
rain this summer, money pouring all over free agency, along with a surplus of stunning
trades and record-breaking contracts.

Just when the NBA
world thinks it has seen it all with Steph Curry’s eye-opening $200M four-year
contract extension, the Houston Rockets completely stupefy the league with
offering James Harden the biggest contract extension in NBA history (4-year,
$228M). Curry and Harden make history this offseason with becoming the richest
men in the NBA, marking themselves as the
franchise players.

The rich keep
just keep on getting richer.

The Free agency frenzy
has been a complete domino effect since day 1, influencing more money
incentives with the latest signings. The Tim Hardaway Jr. signing is a great
example of this.

When the New York
Knicks finally acknowledged that they will be planning for their future without
Carmelo Anthony, they surprised the NBA world after shelling out a four-year,
$71M deal to the former Atlanta Hawks starting point guard.

Mad money that was being featured the signings of 2017
surprised everyone around the league, including players.

“Even Tim Hardaway Jr. was surprised the Knicks offered him a
$71M contract,” according to Colin Ward-Henninger, CBS Sports.

Singings like
these set the platform for the open market, setting the bar much higher for NBA
contracts. This helps give role players and upcoming free agents more of a
chance to get their money’s worth.

Hardaway Jr. just
happened to be a free agent at the right time, at the right place.

With most of the
premier players off of the open market, there is still the mutual feeling around
the league that there is still some moves that could be made before the
2017-2018 NBA season begins. In the midst of more NBA trade rumors, via SB
Nation, Carmelo Anthony to the Houston Rockets is getting closer to a reality,

Will Melo be the
next headline in free agency?

Photo by Keith Allison (Flickr: Carmelo Anthony) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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