Lots of people thinking this is overpaying would make great Palace employees, but not necessarily great NBA GMs. We've terribly fortunate to have one of the best/cheapest squads in NBA history. You cannot compare a pre-championship CB/Ben/Rip deal with post championship re-signings. If any of Ben, Rip or CB went on the market today, they would be worth substantially more with Rip and CB approaching max deal territory. The situation JD is faced with is retaining talent. Who can you sign to replace Sheed? I'm not saying there are not better players, but who is available as a free agent? Same thing with Tayshaun. On the open market, he would get a comparable deal (if not better) and who could you sign (that is available) to replace him? That is the route the Clippers have historically taken. Develop talent and then refuse to pay to keep it. Result? No playoff appearances in over a decade. We are at or very near the salary cap threshold right now. In the modern NBA with the way free agency works, it is almost impossible to field a championship caliber squad under the cap unless you have several underpaid assets. You may not agree with the contract amounts some players have been paid, but it is a seller's market for elite talent. You either pay, or you pray. IMO, Joe has done an excellent job of making good trades (consolidating talent into players of real value, Sheed) or offering no-trade guarantees (Dice, CB) to keep salaries and competitiveness in balance. This is the thing he absolutely excells at. He manages business and winning.