There has been a lot of money flying around on this eventful Wednesday, the first day teams are allowed to talk to free agents.
Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are staying in Cleveland, Tyson Chandler is headed to Phoenix, and DeMarre Carroll is headed way up north to Toronto.
Jimmy Butler is the biggest winner. He turned down a contract last year and turned in a stellar performance this year. Now, he bank account will be full until he spends all of his money, which isn’t hard to do in Chicago. Butler will play with the Bulls for the next five seasons and will be paid $95 million to do so. He took a huge risk when he turned down a four-year, $55 million last summer. Essentially, he made $40 million more with this contract. And yes, LeBron, “Jimmy Butler is ya faaaddder!”
Love will receive his big payday, all $109 million of it, over five years. If those five years were anything like this past year, he might have gray hair by the end of it. It was a frustrating season for Love, who seemed very lost on offense and missed practically the entire playoffs with a separated shoulder.
Brook Lopez will play in the most expensive and empty arena (Barclay’s Center) for three more seasons after he inked a contract with a $60 million pen. He had a fine playoff performance, but he is often-injured and Brooklyn just isn’t very thrilled to have a basketball team.
Brandon Knight will stay in Phoenix for as long as the Suns will want him. He gets a five-year contract worth $70 million. That’s a lot of money for a guy who has already been traded twice, humiliated be DeAndre Jordan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTkN2q6sUUk), and embarrassed in a Rising Stars Game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7foUzwHyRY). But, hey, the weather in Phoenix is nice year-round except in the summer.
When will be teams stop giving Chandler money? I swear he is on his third or fourth big contract. The man has made over $120 million in his career, and that doesn’t include last year’s salary. He will make another $52 million over four seasons. Phoenix will love him, though, because he plays hard.
Carroll took the money. After having a tremendous season with the Atlanta Hawks, Carroll will head to the Toronto Raptors. They’ll pay him $60 million over four years. Good for him, bad for Atlanta.
Can you believe that Kyle Singler will make $5 million per season over the next five years? This screams DESPERATION from the Oklahoma City Thunder.
All of this money talk is making my head hurt. I’m going to eat dinner.