So far, it's been money well spent

Raymond Felton is a big reason the Knicks have won 13 of their first 17 games. Rich Barnes/US Presswire

One of the most nerve-wracking things a team can do is make a long-term commitment to a player. If it doesn't work out, they're left with negative value in the form of a contract nobody wants, often having to pay in cash or draft picks or take on an equally unappetizing deal in order to be rid of it.