It’s the most wonderful time of the year, because the NBA free agency period has begun. While the salary cap jump for the 2017-18 isn’t as big as once projected, it’s still high at $99 million. It was once thought it would hit $101 million, an 8 percent increase over 2016-17. Instead, it is only projected to jump by 5 percent, slowing down the rise in massive player contracts we’ve seen over the past year.
No matter what the salary cap is, players like Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin, and Kyle Lowry will make for an exciting summer as they all head into free agency. The moves made at the top will surely have an effect on the rest of the NBA as teams try and catch up to the Golden State Warriors. Players are creating their own superteams as quickly as they can, as evidenced by the Rockets grabbing Chris Paul in a trade no one thought was possible. If this can happen in trades, it will most certainly happen in free agency too.
Here are the contracts that every free agent has agreed to sign this summer.
Over the next year, more 2016 contracts will likely be moved under duress. One expects L.A. — if it is serious about being a player in 2018 free agency — to attach an attractive prospect that doesn’t fit the future to Deng. One imagines Houston finding a way out from under Anderson. Perhaps New Orleans, who is capped out and preparing to give DeMarcus Cousins a big new contract in 2018, can move Hill. Parsons and Noah are likely too onerous to escape without crushing, untenable sweeteners.
With a more modest salary cap increase and fewer teams Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys with Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys gaping space on the cap sheets, we have seen far fewer bad contracts this summer.