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NBA Offseason: The Calm Before The Storm

Published by on June 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Before the "Raef LaFrentz expiring contract" era began after the Mavericks gave him the deal in 2002, teams had players that bounced back and forth from team to team more than Spencer Pratt bounces from reality show to reality show.

Teams didn't give seven-year, $70 million contracts to role players that average 13.5 points per game, but as a Bulls fan, I know all too well about getting little return on a big contract (That's right, Kirk Hinrich, Luol Deng, and Tyson Chandler, I'm looking at you). Teams need to be smart and consider the pluses and minuses of each deal they make.

For example, Bulls guard Ben Gordon has been a bigger headcase than Joy Behar when it comes to contract negotiations. Last offseason, Gordon...

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