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The 2015 NBA offseason has seen a gargantuan amount of money exchange hands and has played host to a genuinely absurd storyline. The DeAndre Jordan saga is what fans will remember, but it’s still worth noting that teams committed $1.4 billion on the first day of free agency alone, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

In the aftermath, a variety of NFL players—whose deals, by contrast, are non-guaranteed unless specified otherwise—took to Twitter to voice their opinions about the huge paydays.

Others, like Washington safety Duke Ihenacho, struck a more serious tone in reference to the dichotomy between the shifting NBA contract tides and the NFL landscape.

It’s tough not to take notice when guys like Al-Farouq Aminu (four years, $30 million) and Aron Baynes (three years, $20 million) are cashing in. Aminu, a former No. 8 overall pick out of Wake Forest, has never posted even a league-average player efficiency rating (PER) of 15 throughout his five seasons in the pros.

Al-Farouq Aminu: PER Throughout Career | PointAfter

He’s a decent rebounder, but Aminu has never shown the ability to move the ball within an offense. His outside shooting (career 28.6 percent from three-point range) has also been downright ugly. On that basis, handing him a four-year commitment doesn’t make much sense—especially at the $30 million price tag.

Baynes played well for the Spurs in a limited role, but he averaged 2.3 personal fouls in just 16 minutes per contest. He’s more than serviceable as a backup, but $20 million over three years is a huge pay raise for a guy who might simply be a product of an elite system.

Heck, even restricted free-agent center Enes Kanter—who sports the worst defensive box plus/minus* of any player 6’11” or taller dating back to 1973-74 (minimum 5,000 minutes played)—was handed a four-year, $70 million offer sheet from the Portland Trail Blazers.

*Defensive Box Plus/Minus is an estimate of the defensive points per 100 possessions contributed by a player above or below the league average.

The thought of Kanter and franchise point guard Damian Lillard trying hopelessly to defend the pick-and-roll together had Trail Blazers fans on pins and needles. Fortunately for them, there was another franchise willing to pay Kanter $70 million even with his unavoidable defensive shortcomings. The Oklahoma City Thunder matched the offer from Portland in order to keep the 23-year-old big man in-house.

Yet with all the money flying around to players with glaring weaknesses, the numbers aren’t all that insane when put into context.

NBA Yearly Salary Cap (+ Projected Growth) | PointAfter

According to an official release, the NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2015-16 season will be set at $70 million (an increase of 11 percent from the year prior). The tax level simultaneously took a leap up to $84.740 million—a jump of more than 10 percent. When you couple those figures with estimates sent out to NBA teams projecting the effects of a $24 billion media rights deal, many of the contracts handed out this summer could soon look like bargains (relatively speaking).

For example, Aminu’s approximate $7.5 million per year salary figure under an $89 million projected cap doesn’t even represent 7 percent of the team’s contract allotment. With a projected cap of $108 million two seasons down the line, Portland will have more than $100 million for other players.

OKC locking up Kyle Singler on a five-year, $25 million deal may seem like an overzealous commitment on the surface. However, an annual salary of approximately $5 million when the cap spikes even more dramatically than it has already will look like a steal (if Singler can bounce back to the numbers he posted as an NBA sophomore with Detroit).

Figures like $54 million for Robin Lopez, $60 million for Omer Asik and $80-plus million for Reggie Jackson would absolutely make front offices cringe if they had been handed out a few years ago. But with the salary cap and luxury tax levels set to experience a continued upward trend, contracts that raise our eyebrows today will soon be viewed as the new norm.