NBA free agency is less about the players you sign and more about how much you sign them for.
Sure, bringing LeBron James back to Cleveland or getting Carmelo Anthony to stay in New York will garner some nice headlines, but how much you spend to get those players to sign is what matters most. The mark of a good offseason is being able to find value.
This summer, we've seen teams overpay for niche players, particularly shooters such as Jodie Meeks (three years, $19 million with the Detroit Pistons). Those are the moves that come back to haunt franchises down the road.
However, while some teams were a bit frivolous with their cap space, others made a killing by shopping in the bargain bin. Today, we celebrate the best free-agent steals so far this summer.
Now, there's something to keep in mind. These aren't rankings. While some names are bigger than others, all of these bargains were equally important. It's also unfair to pit an aging veteran taking the minimum to sign with a contender against a superstar agreeing to take less to help his team build around him.