I'm only posting this because I had it typed up as a response at the time that the Chris Mullin GM rumor thread was closed and I think it's a relevant topic, but with a different angle.
One major factor that I think many people forget about when it comes to salaries in the NBA, because (I'm just assuming) none of us are millionaires (and we wrongly assume that cost of living is a non-factor to millionaires), is that geography does make a difference in their salaries, just like it would make a difference in any of ours.
11 million a year in San Francisco roughly equivalent to 4.3 million a year in Indianapolis (I'm just making a brash assumption that players would prefer to live across the water in SF or a similarly costly burb, rather than in Oakland where the Warriors are based...if not, more power to them). Even if you plug Carmel into the math (a suburban city equated with one of Indy's costlier areas), the salary equivalent is only 5.4 million a year.
Would any of you despise or ridicule Chris Mullin if he worked as Indy's GM, and at the time of the contract signing, signed Dunleavy for 4.3 - 5.4 million a year in Indy?
Personally, I don't think 4.3-5.4 is all that unreasonable for what Dunleavy was doing at the time, and is currently doing. It was a fairly competitive and reasonable salary based on the geographic. Danny's pulling in 2-3x that with a contract he signed in Indy and for a year or two, they had very similar roles and contributions.
Just an outside of the box thought on that instance...I'm sure there are plenty of others we could delve into