Max money explained: For every Anthony Davis, there’s a Greg Monroe –

CBS Sports (07/09/2015)
  • NBA max contracts artificially distort salaries, with superstars (i.e.
  • LeBron James) being underpaid to the benefit of “good players” (i.e.
  • Greg Monroe).
  • Since owners don’t have to pay superstars their true value, there’s more money to spend on “good” players.
  • The max deal was instituted after the 1998 NBA lockout; owners were concerned about escalating salaries being given to players such as Kevin Garnett (6 yr./$126M deal signed in 1997 at age 21).