NBA free agent signings: George Hill to Kings for 3 years, $57 million, per report

George Hill was not left out in the free-agent point guard musical chairs dance after all. He’s agreed to a three-year, $57 million deal to join the Sacramento Kings, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Shams Charania. The third year is partially guaranteed, according to NBA.com’s David Aldridge.

The Kings also will be signing forward Zach Randolph to a two-year, $24 million deal, so they are bringing in multiple veterans to help their young core. This does take them out of the Otto Porter sweepstakes, since they no longer have enough cap space to offer the Wizards’ restricted free agent a maximum contract.

One problem: according to ESPN, Gilbert lowballed Billups too, initially offering $1.5 million per year (less than what Griffin made) and bumping that to $2 million per year when rebuffed. ESPN reports that typical starting salary that position is $4 million.

This is like spending $100 on porterhouse and lobster and eating it with plastic cutlery. This is like drinking Louis XIII out of a Dixie cup. This is like building an immaculate, expensive manor on top of a shaky, cheap foundation. When you spend this much money Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping on something, you had better not cut corners. Otherwise, why bother?

The sad truth of this is that Griffin and other GMs have little leverage.

The fact that LeBron likes Griffin, has recently advocated for a new contract for Griffin, and is a free agent in 2018 makes Gilbert’s contract quibbling all the more foolish. That the team is now flailing a week into free agency without any apparent plan going forward is malpractice.

Franchise owners almost always get away with twisting the screws on their GMs. Maybe this Cheap Jerseys Sale time it will end up twisting Gilbert’s screw.