Crunching the contract numbers
Although the contracts are complicated, it's pretty easy to see how the contracts should be evaluated. The only confusion is how to evaluate how the escalators count. That is done in two ways.
What is considered the true value of the contract is what a player can expect if he plays a minimum amount of the time to trigger those huge clauses. Most contracts require 35 percent playing time as a rookie, and 45 percent in later years.