For the same money, we could have this team:
conley, mayo, rudy, lee, gasol, tyreke, carrol, blair.
That team is better, has a higher ceiling, more heart, and less headaches. Hell, spend an extra 3m to keep warrick, and the age difference is about the same as well.
any other team in the league would have flipped his rights for a protected 1st round pick. If he signed the offer sheet, at worst, you get warrick playing the role he should be playing (backup/fringe rotation frontcourt player) at a reasonable price. In saying we don't want warrick at 3m a year, is essentially saying, we dont want to pay a decent player a fair contract for even one year. We want our bench to have no offensive spark whatsoever, and we would rather have our 3m in cap space so we can subsidize our payroll.
At least thabeet tweets, randomly capitalizing letters. Thats a plus. He has also gone on record by saying that memphis is hotter than africa. Please, let's look on the bright side here, people!
Im about to break my own rule: we got the #2 pick when stephen curry and tyreke evans and ricky rubio were available.
We give up buckner's semi-guaranteed contract for Stackhouse's larger semi-guaranteed contract and cash to pay the buy out. How is it that every other team gets draft picks or young player toss in's when they do deals like this, and we get nothing?
I was unaware of that signing date for RFA's. I really hate the situation we are in with Rudy. Can we sign him for less than 10m a year? I think 9m avg is the max that he is worth. I would like him so much more, if his stats were 15/8/2.5 assists/1.5 steals/1.2 blocks or some other poor man's version of shawn marion.
That was a good compilation of reasons why the Z-Dirt experiment could work. I would also submit that since the Grizz have few good outside shooters, passing out of the post is less of a necessity as it could be on other teams. Our guards and wings are drivers who now have a finisher they can lay it off to.
Unconnected to this, rudy in a contract year. If he doesnt slap up a 22/7/4/1.2/1.2 in the first 3 months, he never will. Also, don't you think its a mistake to get his extension done until after the season begins.
GCmemphis, you are more optimistic about the Grizz chances than I am, and that's fine. However, parts of your response are just inaccurate. Z-Dirt's transgressions do not stem "solely from his time in Portland." Just last year, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The charge was later reduced to reckless driving, but he nonetheless spent the night at the LA version of 201 Poplar (thus the reference). He also had multiple transgressions in high school:
"His troubles started at 14, when he shoplifted a pair of pants and had to serve 30 days in a juvenile detention center. In 1997, he was placed under house arrest for 30 days because of a conviction for battery. Two years later, he was in juvenile detention again, this time for selling a stolen gun.
That offense came during his junior year of high school. Smedley suspended Randolph for the remainder of the basketball season."
Im not going to bother posting any more links to articles: simply google, "Zach Randolph, criminal record" and you will get quite a bit of evidence to refute that part of your post. Yes, he did keep his nose clean during his time with the Knicks, but that was the exception, not the rule.
My other point is 3-fold: 1). At the end of the 2011 season, we will have Gasol and conley looking for extensions, and OJ one year away from what will almost surely be a max contract. You can't be serious in thinking that we will actually trade Randolph for MORE salary. They will let him expire, so they can pay those players (and I don't think they will even pay Marc). Thats the plan.
2). Large expiring contracts don't move, especially large ones that have attitude problems attached. T-Mac hasn't moved yet (although that may change). Starbury was bought out. Szerbiak. Lafrentz. All players that were less problematic than Randolph (though admittedly, less talented). The last big expiring deal to move was... Kwame Brown, and he made almost HALF of what Randolph will make in his final year. Most times, teams just let these guys wipe off their books, looking to start fresh. Which leads me to my final point.
3). The market for expiring contracts is high right now, because teams are literally killing themselves to clear up as much salary cap room as possible for next year. There will be far fewer teams capped out in 2010-2011, and most of the ones that are, will be happy with their purchases. Besides, Randolph's contract is almost too large to be valuable. Only 10 players make about 17m next year. There is not a single situation where the player in question is both: a). not desired by his present team, and b). worth the Grizz acquiring (with the possible exception of Ray Allen or Michael Redd's corpse).
Admittedly, we could find a package of several contracts to make the money work. I am not saying that there wouldn't be a situation that would be beneficial for the Grizz to use his contract to acquire more help, I'm saying that the 3 factors detailed above seriously mitigate the likelihood of that happening. It is foolish to simply say, "hey, we can trade the guy bc he'll be expiring in 2 years," when that is no guarantee, and even more likely, they will just let him wipe off the books. Which is why, in conclusion, I say: see you in 2011.
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