Feb 26, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison (4) looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Deeks: Barnes/Collison Two of the Best New Contracts


Part of being a great team is signing solid players in free agency to great contracts. It gives you cap space going forth to improve the team and allows you to not overspend on talent that doesn’t measure up to the dollar you’re willing to put out.

The Los Angeles Clippers did just that this summer with the re-signing of Matt Barnes and the pick-up of Darren Collison according to Mark Deeks of HoopsWorld. Here’s what the NBA salary cap expert had to say on the signings:

RE: Darren Collison

In L.A, all Collison needs to do is come in and be the perfectly average player that he is. He will be getting paid less to do this than players in comparable situations who have proven less (Eric Maynor, J.J. Barea, C.J. Watson), and could theoretically fill a Jarrett Jack-like role for a third of the price of Jarrett Jack.

RE: Matt Barnes

Meanwhile, Barnes finally gets some overdue recognition, and will provide production on both ends in a way that the team’s other wings lack. His athleticism, disruptive defense, sufficient shooting and off-the-ball movement are surely perfect compliments to the Clippers roster, and they come at a very competitive price.

via Ten Of The Best New Contracts This Offseason | HoopsWorld

Both Barnes and Collison will be key pieces to whatever type of run the Clippers will pull of this year, so it’s good to see the team get them at a reasonable value instead of overpaying for role players like this team did often in the past.

Other players on the list included Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, Chris Andersen of the Miami Heat and Mike Dunleavy jr. of the Chicago Bulls.

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