I mentioned this in another thread, but it didn't get much discussion going and I want to know more about it.
Last year, the Thunder extended Nick Collison by way of a front-loaded contract. He was already making ~$6.5 million last season and they gave him a ~$6.5 million signing bonus so that they could pay him less over the next four years. Here's what it looks like:
Presti did this so that when they have to start paying max contracts to Durant and Westbrook they'll have a solid role player in Collison whose cap hit is far less than he's actually worth.
So my question is, can the Pacers do this next season? Whoever we bring in at the 4 (one of D. West, Landry, Humphries, McRoberts, Dalembert etc.) could make a big chunk next year, then significantly less over the next 3-4 seasons. Furthermore, whoever (theoretically) signs would likely become a more attractive trade chip down the road with a cheaper contract. The only downside is losing cap space for this next season, which seems unlikely to be used anyway.
Is this a viable option?