The Cleveland Cavaliers spent a boatload of money on their young seven-foot center, Jarrett Allen, on Monday night, on the first evening of the NBA free agency frenzy. Allen got a spanking new five-year $100 million dollar deal with the Cavs.
The Cavs are obviously committed to Allen and the other young core players like Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro moving forward. With the recent addition in the NBA Draft of another seven-footer in Evan Mobley, from USC, the Cavs are dedicating the paint to these two towers to protect the rim and work together on the offensive end of the court to be the next star post duo in the NBA.
This move pushes Allen up the ladder of highest-paid centers in the NBA to number eight with his $17.2 million salary next season. Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz leads that department with a $35.3 million a year salary. Allen made $3.9 million a year ago. The new $17.2 million salary next season is a very nice payday for a young 23-year-old. It also puts Allen as #2 on the current list of highest-paid Cavaliers, only trailing Kevin Love, who is due $31 million this next season.
I’ll be curious to see how this new fortune that has been gifted to Allen will play out with his other Cavalier teammates. Sexton, Okoro and Garland all make between six and seven million. Building team chemistry is tough enough, but having money as a divider can make things even more problematic.
With this new deal, how does this affect players like Larry Nance Jr. and Kevin Love and their futures in Cleveland? I’m sure we’ll know more soon enough.
Allen is the big winner in this massive deal as the Cavs are certainly risking a lot in spending so much on a young player. Centers don’t grow on trees but paying a young 23-year-old that kind of money is a gamble. I believe the Cavs are riding on the duo of Allen and Mobley paying off and getting the Cavs to the playoffs in the next year or two. Let’s hope this risk is worth it.