So, in the Free Agent limbo that exists until He-Man and the other Masters of the Universe decide what they are going to do, a lot of lesser mortals have indeed signed contracts. Including our own Darren Collison. Looking at the list, I thought it might be fun to do a little comparison shopping. I left out the big deals, and the opt-ins.
Darren Collison: 3 years, $16 million
- Shaun Livingston, 3 years, $16 million: I like the Collison signing more. Longer track record, more predictable outcome. I would have been OK with Livingston, but he went first.
- Avery Bradley, 4 years, $32 million: Wow, this really feels like an overypay, and a lot of years to commit to a guy who has a limited skillset.
- Channing Frye, 4 years, $32 million: See above. Frye is a nice player, but I don't think he would have been a good fit for the Kings, and certainly not at that pricetag. He is lucky that he came along in the right market, which applies to a lot of these guys.
- Spencer Hawes, 4 years, $23 million. The obvious UGH factor aside, this is actually a pretty good deal. He fills a real need for the Clippers, and the price is not onerous when compared to Frye, for example. Of course, he would never come to Sacramento, nor would we want his skinny ass.
- Patrick Paterson, 3 years, $18 million. He didn't play well here, but fit better in Toronto. But he seems like a guy who would have gone for a lot less in any other year, and maybe even later this summer.
- CJ Miles, 4 years, $18 million. Not a huge contract, but a long one for a guy who is currently a role player with lots of holes in his game. Might be a good fit for the Pacers, though.
- Boris Diaw, 3 years, $22 million. Far be it from me to question the Spurs judgement. Seems high for him, but in San Antonio, like so many others, he is a new man. A new French man.
- Jodie Meeks, 3 years, $19 million. Jodie Meeks? He does one thing, and is streaky at that. Right year for him. Makes the Collison signing look pretty good.
- Patty Mills, 3 years, $12 million. See Diaw, above. A new man, a new Australian man.
- Jordan Farmar, 2 years, $4.2 million. The guy who didn't replace Collison at UCLA. I was so hoping he would go back to the Lakers, because, the Lakers. Oh well, the Clippers will regret this waste of money.
- Josh McRoberts, 4 years, $23 million. Pat Riley is getting desperate. I really don't like big men who play small.
- Thabo Sefolosha, 3 years, $12 million. Before the draft, he was on my list of targets for the Kings. I have no idea how he fits on the Hawks, nor do I care. But the price is not bad if he is good at defense as I remember him to be.
- Danny Granger, 2 years, $4.2 million. Same money as Jordan Farmar. Sad. Real chance to be better, or could be a complete washout. This is supposed to impress LeBron?
- Devin Harris, 3 years, $9 million. About $8,999,999 too much.
- Aaron Gray, undisclosed. My favorite, "undisclosed." The facial hair has to be worth at least $1 million.
- Chris Kaman, 2 years, $10 million. Already one of my favorite players, he cemented his status with me by taking a nap on the Laker bench. He still has skill, I would not have hated him as a King.
- Ben Gordon, 2 years, $9 million. One of those guys, like Rudy, who is judged harshly because a dumb FO gave him too much money. A decent pickup at that price for a team that could use some scoring.
- Willie Green, Sebastian Telfair. Who?
So there it is. So far, I like the Collison signing compared to just about all of these. Need to do this again in a week or two, but I think whoever is left out there, including our own IT, is going to get a contract based on the weird year and team desperation. In other words, higher than their actual value.