The salaries of NBA players are going to balance out every season. For every dollar the Cleveland Cavaliers save on a player’s production, another player is earning more than they are providing. No matter what, 51 percent of basketball-related income is being handed to the players.
That means that the obvious companion piece to our list of “most underpaid players” on the Cavaliers is one balancing the scale, looking at the most overpaid players on the team. Even a team like the Cavs, with young players and plenty of depth, is overpaying some guys.
Is it bad to overpay players?
Not every overpay is created equal. Small market teams have to overpay in free agency to attract players, but it can be worth it if they have the right players already in place. “Own goals” handing lucrative new deals and extensions to current players can be some of the worst infractions, falling in love with the guy you know instead of evaluating him properly against the market.
This list could have been even longer that it is; the money the Cavs are saving with their core have been redistributed to role players downstream, resulting in quite a few being overpaid. That doesn’t mean the final product can’t work out beautifully.
Let’s take a look at the four most overpaid players on the roster for this upcoming season.