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JordansBulls
08-26-2009, 10:58 PM
Source: Yahoosports (http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/The-top-10-value-for-money-deals-of-the-last-dec;_ylt=Ar2GZOJ5oZjQ2PD9Bd3aZyi8vLYF?urn=nba,1852 30)




10. Steve Nash
The funny thing about Nash's deal, a contract he's currently working under, is how foolish the contract seemed when he first signed it. Five years and $53 million, for a 30-year-old point man? Plus a team option for a sixth year that stretches it to $66 million? It was enough to even drive Mark Cuban away from the negotiating table, and yet Nash has somehow earned every penny in the years since


9. Gilbert Arenas
It certainly wasn't the cheapest deal. Arenas had to ink for six years and nearly $64 million in 2003 to dissuade the Golden State Warriors from matching the then-restricted free agent's offer from the Washington Wizards. But it was a gutsy move, and considering that Arenas packed together several seasons averaging well over 25 points per game while leading Washington to its first back-to-back (to back, really) playoff appearances in two decades, the risk paid off


8. Peja Stojakovic
The once and future Predrag Stojakovic wasn't exactly MVP material during the course of his contract, but while working under a six-year, $45 million deal Peja was a staunch No. 2 on one of the better teams of his generation. And after the contract expired with Peja then in Indiana , the resulting cap space allowed the Pacers to sign Al Harrington(notes), something the Pacers have always enjoyed.


7. Jason Kidd
Rookie contracts were so screwy before the NBA established a rookie salary cap, that when Jason Kidd was the primo free agent of the 2003 offseason, few people remembered he was actually finishing up the first contract of his NBA career, signed way back in 1994. So it shouldn't have surprised anyone when Kidd, ahem, kind of went for the money in New Jersey instead of a gimmie ring in San Antonio during the summer of 2003. That original deal was for nine years and around $60 million, a fantastic deal considering what Kidd contributed.



6. Ron Artest
He may have been a bit wacky, and he may have nearly wasted a year of this contract sitting out a suspension after charging into the stands to brawl with a fan, but you cannot deny that both the Pacers, Kings and Rockets took in excellent contributions from Artest for the low, low price of around six years and $42 million.



5. Manu Ginobili
Manu provided excellent work while playing under two deals, an initial contract that saw him work for two years and $2.9 million total; and a second that runs for six years and $52 million. The sheen may have come off Ginobili a bit due to his injury-plagued 2008-09, but the fact remains that he is one of the league's most dynamic, game-changing talents.



4. Ben Wallace
The Orlando Magic didn't even have to sign Wallace to a sign-and-trade deal. They could have signed Grant Hill(notes) outright that summer after renouncing Wallace's rights, but the team decided to do both players a favor in order to add a little more money to Hill's bottom line. As an unexpected result, the Pistons picked up an All-Star center in a trade who was only working under a six-year, $30 million contract. That's right, less than the average salary. Quite the coup.


3. Chauncey Billups
Billups was a basketball nomad when he signed with the Pistons back in 2002, and while his deal didn't seem too egregious at the time, it did raise some eyebrows as Detroit handed six guaranteed years to a player who would be playing for his sixth team. Billups more than made it work, winning a championship, a Finals MVP award, while making several All-Star teams while playing under a six-year, $35 million contract.



2. Chris Paul
Does it seem like a cop-out to include players on their rookie deals? Go ahead and think so, but this is what makes the NBA's salary structure so great. No outrageous free agent or rookie contracts that will never full pay out, as in the NFL. And no extracted, Scott Boras-led holdouts, as you get in Major League Baseball. The owners and union collectively bargained a deal that works for both sides; and it does work for the players, as teams can afford more veteran players while the youngsters make a smallish salary. The Hornets were able to take in a few years of All-NBA play from Paul for only three years and just over $10 million.



1. LeBron James
Same with LeBron James, who contributed MVP-level play for the price of four years and just under $19 million. Easily the best production-for-price that any team has enjoyed over the last decade

Raps08-09 Champ
08-26-2009, 11:13 PM
I think it is pretty good.

kobe24>lebron23
08-26-2009, 11:18 PM
what about kobe

Raps08-09 Champ
08-26-2009, 11:27 PM
I think Nash should be highr considering he has 2 MVP's.

lakers4sho
08-26-2009, 11:27 PM
It's a rookie contract, of course it's gonna be cheap :o

Raps08-09 Champ
08-26-2009, 11:28 PM
what about kobe

Kobe gets like 18 mil a year.

This list shows the balance between performance and salary.

IDB Josh M
08-27-2009, 12:46 AM
6. Ron Artest
He may have been a bit wacky, and he may have nearly wasted a year of this contract sitting out a suspension after charging into the stands to brawl with a fan, but you cannot deny that both the Pacers, Kings and Rockets took in excellent contributions from Artest for the low, low price of around six years and $42 million.

If he produces what he did with the Pacers, Kings and Rockets; at 3 years at the MLE that is about $15 million, he's gonna take the top spot when this list is done again in 3 years.

Storch
08-27-2009, 01:16 AM
Kobe gets like 18 mil a year.

This list shows the balance between performance and salary.

so youre saying that the 18 mil a year given to kobe does not equate to his performance? :eyebrow: get real

Shady66
08-27-2009, 01:24 AM
Dude not everythings about kobe, my god. Hes in the top slam dunk contest as well
YA RIGHT.

_KB24_
08-27-2009, 01:39 AM
John Salmon should be considered. The guy is an extremely under-rated scorer and is a good team mate with leadership qualities. 5 years at 25.5 Million.

Chronz
08-27-2009, 02:12 AM
At first I thought this was satirical but some of them made sense, but Peja? Are you ****ing kidding me, Arenas is a stretch no way these are the deals of the decade.

JordansBulls
08-27-2009, 08:27 AM
At first I thought this was satirical but some of them made sense, but Peja? Are you ****ing kidding me, Arenas is a stretch no way these are the deals of the decade.

Who else belongs?

mikantsass
08-27-2009, 08:43 AM
Kobe gets like 18 mil a year.

This list shows the balance between performance and salary.

$23 million this year and $24 million next year

TheMicrowave
08-27-2009, 09:21 AM
It really means nothing. It is one of yahoo sports writer's opinions.

loki34
08-27-2009, 12:07 PM
I like grant hill and matt barnes for the vet min.
That was a great deal for the suns

mrblisterdundee
08-27-2009, 12:49 PM
All the most proportionally valuable deals in the last decade, and really at any point in time, involve eventual Hall of Fame rookies. It's always a pretty good value when you can sign LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Carmello Anthony or Brandon Roy to a rookie contract for the first few years.

-Kobe24-TJ19-
08-27-2009, 01:26 PM
Pretty good list!

jimbobjarree
08-27-2009, 03:04 PM
nice list

Chronz
08-27-2009, 03:37 PM
Who else belongs?

Hard to say, some players like Ben Wallace were incredible bargains early in the 00's only to be cap killers later when they finally got paid and declined soon after. Maggette and Brand were bargains, now they are overpaid.


Sam Cassel is a good choice, Devin Harris is going to be one of the best values of the coming decade. Artest is the only guy who has consistently been underpaid despite years of dominance and several opt out opportunities, hes just too much of a headcase.

Chronz
08-27-2009, 03:38 PM
All the most proportionally valuable deals in the last decade, and really at any point in time, involve eventual Hall of Fame rookies. It's always a pretty good value when you can sign LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Carmello Anthony or Brandon Roy to a rookie contract for the first few years.

Yup, its why its so important that the team uses that time frame to surround him with a great core and using that available cap space before the jump in salary closes the window shut. The Blazers had to do it this year