The new NBA CBA is going to allow several players to get massively paid to stay (or come) to any team with enough cash to lure them, creating huge deals for the biggest NBA stars for the upcoming year.
Nevertheless, you know some of those deals aren’t often as good as expected, as players tend to get injured, the chemistry of the team changes, the management changes or maybe they weren’t that good at all to begin with.
Having said that, let’s take a look at the top 10 NBA players that are going to be extremely overpaid next season in one of the most crowded and interesting free agencies we’ve seen in a while.
There’s no doubt about Jrue Holiday’s talent and ability to be an NBA-caliber point guard, with his great assist to turnover ratio and scoring, showing great versatility while being an average defender.
Nevertheless, the injury prone guard has never been able to stay healthy for a full season and has several concerns regarding his durability, but due to the lack of starting point guards in this upcoming free agency, it’s very likely that either the Pelicans or another desperate team massively overpays for him, although they’re going to have a very nice player when he’s able to actually be on the court.
For some reason that still beats me, there’s a lot of people that still trust this guy, the “good” Plumlee brother, although he’s never done anything significantly impressive that could provide a single hint that he actually has what it takes to make it in the league.
Now, as a member of the Denver Nuggets, he won’t have many opportunities to shine, so it’s very likely that he tries his luck elsewhere going for a team desperate for a center, handing out a very large amount of cash to bring in the 27-year-old Duke product.
At this stage of his career, the injury-prone former MVP has two choices: Either get a massive pay cut and go to a team like the Spurs to try and win an NBA championship, or chase a huge salary on a non-contender to get his last lucrative deal.
If he chooses to do the latter, it’s very likely that a desperate teams actually jeopardizes a lot of cash trying to lure the former All-Star, something that we all know is not going to get the expected results, as he just can’t shake off injuries and is never going to be near his prime again.
Another point guard makes our list, and Williams’ case is pretty much the same as Derrick’s. Deron was once considered to be the best point guard in the NBA, but those golden days are far behind the former Jazz, Net, and Maverick.
Now, Williams would love to be on the Cavs for another year to try and become an NBA Champion, or he could try to steal a lot of cash from teams such as the Orlando Magic, the Sacramento Kings or even the Detroit Pistons in their desperation for a starting point guard.
Evans has made a living in the league out of a very impressive rookie season and his speed and athleticism, although his development clearly stalled and he’s not going to be anything near the player we all thought he would be.
Nevertheless, his offensive skills and his ability to either run the point or play off the ball are very likely to hand him a very lucrative (And massively overpaid) salary for the upcoming years, hoping he can actually remain healthy for a full season.
Johnson is quite a versatile two-way player who has what it takes to be a very important piece off the bench for a contending team, with nice rebounding abilities and the capacity of stretching the floor every now and then.
However, he’s not that good at all, but with teams currently orienting more towards the perimeter, he could be the kind of stretch 4-5 that could easily fool a desperate team to hand a huge amount of cash to play him no more than 22 minutes a night.
Collison was handed the keys to the car in Sac-town just to have one of the most disappointing contract years ever, with mediocre averages of 13.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists on 47.6% from the floor.
Nevertheless, the former UCLA Bruin still has a lot of people expecting a breakout year from him, and considering the lack of point guards in the NBA, he could be yet another mediocre playmaker getting a huge deal during the offseason.
Patterson was set to be one of the next NBA’s dominant big men when he was selected 14th overall by the Houston Rockets, but he’s never shown any sign of growth or development in his 7 seasons in the league.
Now, as a member of the Toronto Raptors, he’s yet another big man who lacks pick and roll defense or even post presence, but that won’t stop him from stealing the money from the pockets of a team desperate for some height and depth like the Portland Trail Blazers.
For some reason, Green keeps getting contracts despite not being near what everybody expected of him, with great offensive talent but having a lot of mental breakdowns and being a huge liability on defense.
However, his ability to put great numbers up on the offensive end will still make him quite attractive for a team in need of sharpshooting and instant offense off the bench, although expecting two good games in a row from this guy is expecting way too much.
During the first couple of years of his career, it seemed like Terrence Jones was going to be a huge beast for the Rockets, featuring very nice defense, rebounding ability and even some nice moves on the offensive end.
Now, due to injuries and lack of perimeter shooting, his career has taken a major dip, and although he’s still quite young and has a lot left in the tank, he won’t be that dominant big man we all thought he would be, and his lack of range is going to be a huge concern in today’s NBA. However, a team like Portland is very likely to hand him a huge offer sheet and get pretty much nothing in return.