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Given the market for stretch fours presently - Channing Frye got four years at $8m per year, Boris Diaw 7.5 per for three years, even McBob got just under 6 per year with the Heat - Patterson's contract is eminently reasonable. He's the type of player who's highly in demand at present, and unlike most of the stretch fours out there he's still young and has room to grow.
Vasquez is an overpay to be sure and anybody pretending that it's not is just wrong; "he's getting $13m over two years instead of three" doesn't change the fact that he's overpaid because somebody's gonna pay him come year three. But it's not an egregious overpay, at least.
I think signing GV to $13M over two years may be a slight overpay, but I agree absolutely not a mistake. Not signing him because of an extra $2-3M over two years however, I would consider that a mistake.
Patterson's was a good contract. Similar to Amir's current one. And since Amir was banged up last year, I think the starting PF position is up for grabs, and Patterson could be a decent candidate.
Greivis's contract, yes it's overpaid (but not Jose Calderon overpaid), but worth it considering that it's only 2 years. It's not a bad contract considering how inferior guards got overpaid contracts (Ben Gordon, Avery Bradley, etc.) It just shows that the Raps wanted him to stay and vice versa. Greivis mentioned that he really didn't care how much he was getting paid, but he wanted security and longevity in his contract. 2 years is a steal, and based on their moves, they're setting up a possible run for KD in 2016.
Glad that this team is getting built the right way. Really excited for the upcoming season and the future years. The CHeatles are falling apart, Indiana's stagnant, Brooklyn's in a chaos, Knicks are still in rebuild mode, Cavs are unproven, so the East is very wide open at this point. Raps have a great chance to be Top 3-5 in the East, and have an excellent chance of winning the division again, and possibly win 50+ games. Teams to look out for would be Washington, Chicago, Atlanta, Cavs/Heat (depending on where The Brick signs). Can't wait!
I saw $24 million as the realistic pricetag for Lowry, Vasquez, and Patterson, and we came out pretty close to that. At least, that's about the max that we could offer and still have near-max free agent room next year. I think you can quibble about a million here and there, but the key is that we kept the salary flexibility we needed. If you compare these guys to some players, they look like steals. If you compare them to others, they look like overpays. That's the nature of contracts in the NBA. But the reality is that these contracts make sense for the Raptors because they maintain good young assets (obviously a priority for Ujiri) and also maintain cap flexibility in coming years. I don't see what's not to like.
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