While some are lamenting the fact the Pistons aren’t big players in free agency, I’d say it’s not such a bad idea to sit on the sidelines this summer.
With the way money is being thrown around after last year’s lockout, when owners cried poor, you’d think teams would be more fiscally aware of who they were signing and for how long.
Jeremy Lin, who had a good 10-game stretch last season, signed a three-year offer sheet with the Rockets worth nearly $30 million.
Goran Dragic averaged a respectable 11 points and five assists (16 and 7 after the all-star break) signed a deal with Phoenix where he averages over $8 million per season.
And the Bulls’ Omer Asik, who averaged 14.7…MINUTES last season, signed a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with the Rockets.
The Knicks and Bulls can match those deals, and probably will, but wasn’t the lockout supposed to curb the big money deals for guys who aren’t proven?
Maybe, just maybe, the lockout was nothing more than a money grab from the owners because nobody’s forcing them to offer these deals. They aren’t following the market; they’re setting it.
And then they’ll probably complain about it later.