Deals hap­pen­ing this sum­mer, but amid per­haps more cau­tion

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY TIM REYNOLDS

Pat Ri­ley saw this com­ing. Sur­vey­ing the land­scape go­ing into free agency, the Miami Heat pres­i­dent had a clear sense that smarter spend­ing was go­ing to be the rule in the NBA this sum­mer as op­posed to the enor­mous-con­tract spree that oc­curred a year ago.

And so far, he’s been proven right.

There have still been some mas­sive con­tracts — Stephen Curry’s $201 mil­lion agree­ment with Golden State will set an NBA to­tal-value record, while the Clip­pers’ Blake Grif­fin, New Or­leans’ Jrue Hol­i­day and Toronto’s Kyle Lowry com­bined to as­sure them­selves an­other $400 mil­lion in soon-to-be-of­fi­cial deals. Otto Porter may be in line for $105 mil­lion, ei­ther from Sacra­mento or Wash­ing­ton.

But un­like 2016, there’s been very few puz­zling moves.

“Some of the con­tracts were sort of out of whack,” Ri­ley said.

That was then, with deals like ones given to Joakim Noah ($72 mil­lion for four years by the Knicks), Ti­mofey Moz­gov ($64 mil­lion for four years by the Lak­ers) and Luol Deng ($72 mil­lion for four years, also by the Lak­ers) not ex­actly pay­ing mas­sive div­i­dends last sea­son. Per­haps not coin­ci­den­tally, it should be noted that the Knicks and Lak­ers are both un­der dif­fer­ent man­age­ment this sum­mer.

Deals are go­ing into get­ting done — Mon­day, $1.255 bil­lion in new con­tracts have been agreed upon this sum­mer al­ready, a fig­ure that goes past $1.5 bil­lion when Porter signs and as­sum­ing John Wall takes his $168 mil­lion ex­ten­sion of­fer from Wash­ing­ton.

They’re just get­ting done more ju­di­ciously, or so it would seem.

“That’s part of the rea­sons we signed guys in ad­vance last sum­mer, was in an­tic­i­pa­tion of where the cap was go­ing, know­ing the value of cap room wasn’t go­ing to be as much be­cause of the pre­pon­der­ance of cap room in the mar­ket­place,” Port­land pres­i­dent of bas­ket­ball oper­a­tions Neil Ol­shey said, not­ing there was $450 mil­lion avail­able in cap room this sum­mer across the league.

To Dwyane Wade, who will make nearly $24 mil­lion this sea­son, what’s hap­pen­ing now is eye-pop­ping.

“If I’m 25 with the same num­bers,” the Chicago guard tweeted on June 21 with a ref­er­ence to his stats from last sea­son, “I’m get­ting 150 mil­lion.”

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