Which teams missed the mark with free agents this summer?
In a free agency period with so many teams under the cap and just a few elite players available, some bad contracts were guaranteed to be handed out this summer.
With overpays ranking from head-scratching to downright egregious, here are the five worst deals of 2014 free agency.
Notable exceptions: Jordan Hill, Lakers, two years, $18 million; Darren Collison, Kings, three years, $16.6 million, Marvin WIlliams, Hornets, two years, $14 million.
5. Avery Bradley - Boston Celtics - Four years, $32 million.
The Celtics are clearly backing Bradley to be their two-guard of the future, but $8 million per year is a lot of money to throw at a guy who just defends and shoots corner threes. With Marcus Smart and Bradley the Celtics will have a solid backcourt even if they trade Rajon Rondo. But with this deal their cap flexibility is gone unless they are able to unload one of their big contracts.
4. Gordon Hayward - Utah Jazz - Four years, $63 million (fourth year player option)
Hayward is a good NBA player with plenty of potential, but if he's your best player you are never winning an NBA Championship. After the Hornets offered him a max deal the Jazz had to match in order to keep one of their best young assets, but at more than $15 million per year he will limit their ability to go after other difference-makers in free agency over the next four years.
3. Jodie Meeks - Detroit Pistons - Three years, $18.8 million
One of the first deals of free agency was also one of the worst. Meeks is an above average shooter, a decent defender and not much else. He had a good season last year with the abysmal Lakers, but is little more than a role player and with so many good shooters available, over $6 million per year is a big overpay.
2. Channing Frye - Orlando Magic - Four years, $32 million
At 31, Frye is already at the tail-end of his career. With Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon the Magic are looking to build a team for the future, so it is mind-boggling that they decided to hand Frye $8 million per year until he is 35. Big men who can stretch the floor are hard to come by and Frye is a useful player, but he will make just $300,000 less than Dirk Nowitzki per year. Even considering Nowitzki's mammoth pay cut, that is a major overpay by Orlando.
1. Ben Gordon - Orlando Magic - Two years, $9 million
The Magic pull of an unwanted 1-2, with Gordon just beating out Frye for the summer's worst deal. Gordon played a total of 279 minutes in just 19 games for Charlotte last season, and he was waived prior to the playoffs. It is hard to fathom how a guy could go from not playing to making almost the full mid-level exception, and there can't have been many teams queuing up to sign Gordon for more than the veteran's minimum.
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