Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky, but I pretty much don't like anyone's free agency moves, outside of Miami and OKC.
Seriously, I think almost every team that spent big money has hurt themselves in the long run. Like the aftermath of a bad night in Vegas, I predict these teams are going to wake up with splitting headaches and empty pockets in the near future. So let's take a look at the damage:
82 mil for Rudy Gay, a guy who might (and I stress the word "might") be the 3rd best player on a good team, is ridiculous, and it will look even worse when the new CBA lowers all future deals.
100 mil for Amare Stoudemire. 5 years of guaranteed money for a guy that has had trouble staying on the court. He could find the fountain of youth as he gets older and stay healthy, but history says otherwise. Everyone outside of Steve Nash has become more injury proned as they get on in age, and if he goes down, the Knicks will have a third of their payroll on the bench.
80 mil for Carlos Boozer. See Amare Stoudemire.
119 mil for Joe Johnson. Yikes. This reminds me of when Orlando signed Rashard Lewis. Everyone scratched their head and said, "good player, but not at that price." He's good enough to get you to the first round. Needs help to get you further, and he's getting your superstar money.
Drew Gooden and Amir Johnson at 32 mil and 34 mil respectively. This is like the Mikki Moore midlevel exception signing on steroids. This is the type of move that keeps a team firmly entrenched in the late lottery for years. Nice work guys.
Obviously, Miami did well. Getting Bosh and Wade is a coup, and they are the only ones that got it right: you only pay superstar money to superstars. That being said, those two are going to need help to get you a ring, and Beasley and Chalmers aren't going to cut it. It remains to be seen if they can put enough of a team around those two to go all the way, and it isn't going to be easy with 2 players taking up more than 60% of the payroll.
Honorable mention goes to OKC. Love the Durant extension (and, by the way, what a long, drawn out affair that was.) LeBron and company should take note.
Lastly, if New Jersey resists the temptation to do anything stupid (despite the hue and cry from the fans and NY media), and just sits on their capspace, they will have done better than pretty much everyone besides the aforementioned Heat and Thunder.
The more I watch this offseason unfold, the more I appreciate the patience of Petrie.