Yeah, but the option for the 16.5 this season was zbos to take based on a deal from 2011, when he was at his peak. I don't think anyone expected zbo to really turn that down. The question, and what the grizz should be evaluated on, is the extension after this season. And 2 years, $20 mil is pretty great vs. a third year.
@Iggy - Debbie Downer much? By all accounts, $10m a year is totally reasonable for Zach. Tim Duncan is getting that and is, what 5-6 yrs older than Zach?
Well said GroveReb. I don't think anyone who visits this blog regularly is unaware of Iggy's undying support of Hollins and subsequent disdain for Joeger. That being said, I am and will be until shown proof otherwise that Tay belongs squarely on the bench fir anything other than spot and special matchup minutes. Hindsight's 20/20, but can someone explain to me why we traded Calderon for prince when we were so desperately in need of a backup PG? I'm good with calathes (now), but that was a huge area of need at the time of the trade.
Johnson May be a foul machine, but holy crap is he exciting to watch. The one-handed (really, four finger tipped) putback jam was unbelievable. And that no-look, behind the back dish on the fast break (to Koufas, maybe?) was reminiscent of j-will in the hubie days. I just hope we can re-sign him at a reasonable contract after the season.
You obviously misread my post...I'm in support of Tony Allen. Go back and read it again...
It seems you misread my post. I was defending TA. The quote you posted out of context was part of a sarcastic statement that summarized how (most) grizz fans (stork, for example) seem to view all recent front office moves in a vacuum. They can't even get credit for the good deals, like bringing in Courtney, because then the focus turns to how existing contracts seem bad in hindsight. Same thing happened when we brought in Ed Davis as the PF of the future, somehow meaning ZBo was expendable.
Was Allen's contract a little more than we would have liked to pay for Allen? Yeah, but at the time, there were teams interested in his services. Things like finishing in the top 6 voting for NBA Defensive player of the year each of the last three years will pique any team's interest. But hindsight is 20/20 and it's easy to look at Lee's contributions now and say "I told you that was a terrible contract..."
It wasn't a terrible contract at the time, and it's still not even in the top 2 albatross contracts on our current squad (Prince #1 and ZBo #2). If anything, I think this will light a fire under TA that was sorely missing earlier this season, a fire that we saw last year when he was playing for that new contract. This is the same guy that absolutely flustered Durant in last season's conf semis.
This front office cant win for losing, it seems. Let Tony go last summer, and everyone says they're all about the bottom line and don't care about this city or winning. Re-sign him and bring in a sharpshooting wing who ALSO plays defense (something we have been missing for, umm, ever) and now resigning Tony was a disaster of epic proportions.
Let's just chill out and see how the rotations shake out once TA comes back healthy...
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