Grade the deal: Kyle Singler, Thunder agree to five-year deal
Singler has averaged 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and one assist per game in his three-year career since being selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft. The Thunder acquired Singler as part of a three-team trade with the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz in February.
Singler was a restricted free agent. He can not sign his new contract until July 9, when the NBA lifts a moratorium on player business.
Analysis: Singler’s salary projects to be about five percent of the lofted 2016-17 salary cap, making his re-signing a minor move relative to both the Thunder’s rotation and finances moving forward. Still, this deal is one of the few this summer to register as a legitimate overpay. Singler can pass and shoot a little. He just hasn’t done enough as of yet – and hasn’t meaninfully separated himself enough from the NBA’s fringe bracket – to warrant this kind of investment. This won’t be more than a blip in the grand scheme of the Thunder’s plans, but it seems slightly generous under the circumstances. — Rob Mahoney