When the New Jersey Nets gave Brook Lopez a max contract earlier this summer the thought that first came to my mind was, "what were they thinking"? Then the Lakers went out and signed both Steve Nash and Dwight Howard and basically laughed in the face of the luxury tax. That got me thinking did New Jersey do something stupid or implement a truly great stategy in over paying for Lopez? Do they see teams like the Lakers, and Knicks and say to themselves, "the only way to attract big time free agents is by over paying everyone"? If free agents now look at New Jersey as a destination where they will get paid over their value wouldn't New Jersey begin to reap the same luxury the Lakers' and Knicks' have enjoyed for years now and have their choice of free agents each summer? They may not land the mega stars right away, but as their team gets better by signing second tier stars, the first tier stars will eventually see them as more attractive destination.
My apologies if this thread is more of a basketball thread than one specifically about the Raptors which I suppose it should be considering the forum.