Overpaid, under-productive and injury-prone players still get traded as a matter of routine in the NBA.
Any reasonable pay cut for Shaquille O'Neal is not going to affect the Lakers' ability to attract future free agents.
The Jazz get the most bang for their buck, while the Magic continue to pay a high price for Grant Hill's bum ankle.
The Vin Baker situation is more about the dangers of long-term contracts than it is about Baker himself.
The reality is that most of the NBA restricted free agents hitting it big this offseason will end up being overpaid.
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While scouts don't need to buy a ticket, players like Kevin Garnett and Tracy McGrady would be well worth the price of admission.
In 56 years, the Celtics and Lakers have combined for 30 titles and pushed basketball to the furthest reaches of pocketbook and planet.