There are some who believe the NBA is broken because of Kevin Durant and the Warriors. And they may be right. Less competition is bad for the league.
But you know what might be worse? Gigantic max contracts.
Report: Magic (Aaron Gordon) and Bulls (Zach LaVine) would match max offer sheets for restricted free agents https://t.co/rUM8zyuufE— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) June 12, 2018
Both. The answer is definitely both. Just what the hell is happening here?
LaVine is an undeniable talent, however, he is NOT worthy of a max deal in restricted free agency. He missed most of the last two seasons with a torn ACL, playing in just 71 total games, and averages 14 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 rebounds for his career. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
The guy can fly higher than most in the association, but this type of production cannot be rewarded with such pay.
But some dumb team is going to pay them max dollars for this ability. Chicks and paying customers dig the dunk. And as long as they do, NBA teams will dig handing out max contracts to players who can do one thing really well.
I think the NBA just might be broken.