I think that's a good offer, in my opinion. I now personally prefer Millsap, thinking he's younger, has more upside, better in the post, and better defensively.
I actually think 5 for $65 mil for him would be a bargain down the road ala Al Jefferson, but unless you go upwards of 70 mil, I just don't see Utah letting him go even if it means paying the luxury tax for one year.
Heck, if this deal for Lee falls through we can still hang on to the "hope" of acquiring Zach Randolph. His impressive-stats-non-winning-ways might be worth the added 4-6 wins in the standings. =P
Is it possible NY matches a 5yrs for $50 mil offer?
Excellent point on Bosh and Richardson, Chris. Richardson can both earn his $9 million and increase his value for next offseason - questionable, but possible. It's a win for both sides if he does indeed becomes a threat off the bench.
I guess however way you look at it, Bosh has the potential to maximize his earnings by going to a bigger market. Not too mention the prospect of playing with another elite superstar.
David Lee it is. He's looking more and more perfect for this team. I have a feeling that the Knicks resign him though simply because he's the kind of player that wouldn't mind and would succeed playing with a superstar. What price do you think is both fair value for him AND would discourage the Knicks from matching the offer?
Chris, I love your column, you do an excellent job.
I know it's way too early to speculate but, do you get the sense that the Griz are prepared to go into next year with an Arthur/Warrick/Carroll/Gasol/Gay combination at the 4 and just take their chances in the 2010 draft?
I believe the one guy that fits the Griz perfectly is Chris Bosh. A package of Bosh, KHumphries, MBanks for a combination of 2010 1, Lakers' 1, SYoung, MGasol.
But with Bosh, like Stoudemire, you run the risk of him being here for just one season. I don't think it's unreasonable to think that, if the Griz vastly improve this year, Bosh would sign as a free agent. It can be argued that Memphis has more pieces in place - and upside - more than Toronto has at this point.
Also, what have you heard on Quentin Richardson? Is he exercising his ETO/Player Option? I think he can come in here and just have the mindset of scoring big off the bench. He might not like getting into this kind of situation though.
Lastly, I've read in the Griz board that the FO might be looking for a backup PG, preferably a veteran not named Marko Jaric. What are the Griz' options here? I personally think a hybrid 1/2 would be ideal to come off the bench and provide more scoring. Luther Head or Damon Jones could be had cheaply. More so Head, who is younger (26) and wouldn't mind playing for the Griz.
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