Teams might regret summer spending sprees

Updated: August 26, 2004, 4:15 PM ET
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
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And so it ends the way it begins.

In big hat Dallas -- where the steaks are big and the wallet of Mark Cuban is even bigger.

NBA owners went wild this summer. It all started in Dallas on July 1st with unrestricted free agent Steve Nash. It all ended Tuesday, in Dallas, with the Mavs pulling off a sign-and-trade for Erick Dampier.

In the span of seven weeks, NBA teams handed out more than a billion dollars worth of contracts. Enjoy it while it lasts. In the short term, having guys like Dampier or Nash will make fans happy. In six years, when these guys are broken down or washed up, fans will rue that day teams opened their wallets.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer