NBA free agency is off to a hot start.
NBA free agency officially began at 12:01am EST today and literally billions of dollars have been committed to players around the league while some of the biggest names like Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Dwight Howard have still yet to sign.
One of the early deals that really got #BasketballTwitter riled up this morning was Timofey Mozgov's 4-year $64 million deal with the Lakers. Yes, you read that right.
Evan Turner signed a 4-year $70 million deal with the Blazers, Evan Fournier inked a 5-year $85 million contract to stay in Orlando and Nick Batum got $120 million to remain in Charlotte. This is not a drill!
Of course, everyone knew the free agents would be receiving boat loads of money this off-season due to the increased salary cap, but that doesn't mean we were prepared for all of these insane contracts.
Here's how twitter reacted once the ball really got rolling on the NBA's wild first day of free agency.
Teen Wolf would get 25% controlling interest in a team in this market— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) July 1, 2016
Lakers are gonna start trying to call agents from the Clippers phones at Staples to trick them into answering— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) July 1, 2016
If you take a drink every time an NBA free agent gets more money than Andrew Luck -- oooooh I'm sorry you're already dead.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) July 1, 2016
Mitch Kupchak trying to find a free agent that will take his calls pic.twitter.com/LSwDqNS6r9— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) July 1, 2016
When you think about it, Phil Jackson’s faith in the U.S. healthcare system is something we should all aspire to.— Jared Wade (@Jared_Wade) July 1, 2016
Timofey Mozgov's salary will be higher than the budget of two of the four Euroleague Final Four teams in 2016.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) July 1, 2016
Just an FYI.
MOZGOV pic.twitter.com/uldzNK1wHo— Aokiji (@DukeOfZamunda) July 1, 2016
The # of millions the Lakers are about to pay Mozgov per year (16) is higher than the total points he scored during the 2016 playoffs (15)— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) July 1, 2016
The Knicks don't rebuild, they re-collapse.— Sad Kirk Free Dirk (@KirkSeriousFace) July 1, 2016
There will be another Presidential election and Olympics by the time Noah’s reported Knicks deal is over— Clemzingis (@TheClemReport) July 1, 2016
Whiteside last season: $980,000.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) July 1, 2016
Whiteside new contract: $98,000,000.
100 times more. That is the definition of keeping it 💯.
16 hours into NBA free agency, teams have committed to $1.22 billion in new contracts.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 1, 2016
Between Mozgov and Dellavedova, that's $102 million doled out to the end of the Cavaliers' bench— Marcus Thompson (@ThompsonScribe) July 1, 2016
Steph Curry signed a four-year deal for $44 million in 2013.— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) July 1, 2016
Evan Turner will sign a four-year deal for $70 million next week.
Jeremy Lin after seeing Evan Turner got 4 years/70 mil from Portland pic.twitter.com/J3AQOWwl1e— SneakerNews.com (@SneakerNews) July 1, 2016
Looks like I chose the wrong sport 🤑🤑😂#nbafreeagency— Emmanuel Sanders (@ESanders_10) July 1, 2016
Smile if your team re-signed you to the max pic.twitter.com/0opaC9VuTc— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 1, 2016
“They paying DeMar HOW MUCH?!”https://t.co/bjh3tO7iwV— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 1, 2016