The NBA is about competition on the floor, but it’s also about dollars and cents. Teams now must find players who can outperform deals they’re signed to and use them as assets on the floor or as assets to flip in order to acquire a game-changing piece. ESPNDallas.com will grade how the Dallas Mavericks fared in terms of contracts of their new acquisitions.
Ricky Ledo: Signed to a four-year minimum salary contract with a slight bonus in the first year. Ledo will be paid $544,000 in 2013-14.
The 43rd pick of the draft will make $1,360,482 in guaranteed money over the next two years. The third year of his deal becomes fully guaranteed if he’s not waived on or before July 15, 2015. The final year is fully guaranteed if he’s not waived on or before July 15, 2016.
Before his time in Vegas with the summer league team, Ledo went roughly a year without playing organized basketball. The fact that the Mavs were willing to give the amount of money they are in the first two years shows a sign of good faith and belief in the second-round prospect. The nuances of the deal allow the Mavs to have a low-risk look under the hood of a potentially strong prospect -- and a possible bargain in the final two years of the deal.