Or, Xavier could come out and say "I don't mind being challenged. Let's get this show on the road."
It's Heisley's pocket. Don't forget that.
Posted by 38103 on August 19, 2010 at 12:54 PM | Report this comment
Or Heisley could bargain in good faith, which he's not doing. If it is customary for NBA teams to pay a certain amount, and Heisley is in effect offering less than that amount, when he lacks the leverage to extract any kind of premium, and Henry is not allowed to court offers from other teams and his only leverage is to hold out until he's traded to a team that will negotiate with him in good faith, then he's doing the right thing by holding out.
And make no bones about it. Heisley is bargaining in bad faith. The customary practice is to pay 120% with nominal incentives that just about any rookie should be able to meet. Regardless of what anyone thinks about whether that sought to be the practice, it is in fact the practice. And Heisley is making a fool of himself and the organization, and harming the organization's prospects of trying to hold on to/ attract, not just Henry, but other high caliber players in the future by trying to take the so-called high ground. LA or Orlando might be able to get away with this (though they probably wouldn't need to). Memphis can't
The fact is, Heisley foolishly drafted Thabeet (and Caroll, too) last year and got burned. Now he's trying to take that out on Henry. But it isn't Henry's fault that the Grizzlies draft poorly. That lies purely at the feet of the organization
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