Sydney's claims may well be true, especially if they're not overpaying mediocre local role players as other teams often tend to do. They also can reasonably acquire the services of top players cheaper, who can be harder to pry over for regional teams to begin with. The NBA links the Kings have mean that they can be in the ears of the Ian Clarks and Jaylen Adams of the world who other teams may not dream would play in this league for 200 or 300K. If you were to spitball and say Adams made 300K, Vaseljivic 200K, Cooks 300 K, Martin 250 K, that leaves 450 K left for your bench and I don't think they threw anyone else much of a bag. We might just have to accept that the Sydney front office is more thrifty and in touch with the basketball world than any other front office in the league.
As for Adelaide, there's not been a single misstep this off season. They scrapped some deadwood with Manny Malou and Mojave King thankfully gone. King, the king of the overrated "NBA prospects" and Malou just not that good to begin with. Replaced one or the other with Anthony Drmic, not a superstar by any means but you know what the guy is going to give you every night and it goes a long way to soothing our three point woes. They've shown that they have no interest in retaining the previous imports and they're targeting, what will have to be one of the best import trios in the league with Mumford, Cleveland and Franks. NBL teams often vastly overvalue Australian talent but imports have been proven, time and time again, to be the difference between playoffs or being an also-ran, as most Australian talent cancels eachother out. Scoring? Check. Athleticism? Check. Defense? Check. Mumford may not be the most adroit point guard but CJ has obviously seen that McCarron needs help in the backcourt - Double check. Now all we need is a defensive big man and I think we have all the pieces to do something next season.