Fool’s Good: 2017 NBA Free Agents Who Are Not Worth the Risk
Not all notable NBA free agents are worth the risks attached to their summer price tags.
Every offseason investment of significance comes with built-in uncertainty. Players get injured. They don’t age well. They inexplicably regress. They get improperly billed on the open market and never live up to their contract.
Some of these pitfalls prove to be unavoidable. Others, though, you can see coming from a distance.
Everyone knew the New York Knicks shouldn’t have given Joakim Noah$72.6 million, while Timofey Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers looked bad from the jump.
This year’s top fool’s gold candidates aren’t that egregious. They’re more like Chandler Parsons—potentially expensive investments that could work out if everything goes right, but they also have a woefully thin margin for error before their next contract is remembered as a disastrous reach or flat-out bust.