As always, NBA free agency has been full of excitement, and it hasn’t even been an entire week. With the rumor mill whirling feverishly in the weeks leading up to the start of free agency, deals were being reported at a rapid pace as soon as the clock struck 6:00 pm EST on Thursday.
We’ve seen All-Star players get traded, polarizing young players sign rookie extensions, and we’ve seen guys like Gary Payton II go from undrafted to singing lucrative multi-year contracts. Over the past few days, there’s been a decent amount of tear-jerking and jaw-dropping moments.
If you’re a Detroit Pistons or a New York Knicks fan, you’re likely confused or upset by your front office right now. If you’re a Minnesota Timberwolves or Boston Celtics fan, you’re likely excited and increasingly impatient for the start of the 2022-23 NBA season. If you’re a Brooklyn Nets fan, it’s likely you’re at the bottom of a bottle somewhere praying this is all some cruel nightmare.
Day 1 of free agency so far:
Jokic (5 yrs, $264M)
Bradley Beal (5 yrs, $251M)
D-Book (4 yrs, $214M)
Jalen Brunson (4 yrs, $104M)
Anfernee Simons (4 yrs, $100M)
Lu Dort (5 yrs, $87.5M)
Over $1.5 billion worth of contracts signed 💰
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 1, 2022
Regardless of what franchise you’re rooting for, the NBA offseason is chock full of surprises, drama, and emotion-provoking moments. Whether it’s a surprise trade, a shocking free agent signing, a record-breaking contract, or a superstar requesting a trade, the NBA never disappoints.
Every summer, we see plenty of teams get a player on a “steal” of a contract, or players get “overpaid” in free agency. While nobody can accurately predict the future, and everything is still TBD as the start of the season is still months away, let’s take a look at five contracts this writer believes that teams will regret.