It doesn't matter whether you are in Los Angeles, New York, Milwaukee, Phoenix or San Antonio. Everyone has to build a team the same way in the modern NBA.
For the vast majority of players in the NBA, finding situations where teams can accentuate their strengths while subsidizing their weaknesses is the only way to unlock their true potential. By choosing to take the Bucks, Greg Monroe did exactly that.
For those who wonder why Sam Hinkie and the Sixers keep their books so clean, it works because it makes them the first call for teams looking to do terrible deals like this one.
No team in the NBA has a better five-year title window now than the Pelicans simply because they know they'll have their franchise player under a five-year, $145 million contract.
Kevin Love's first round injury gave both he and the Cavs time to miss each other. They quickly agreed upon a five-year, $110 million deal instead of a 1+1.