Yeah, it would seem like a classic case of a strong sense of entitlement. The guy obviously has a super ego and when his PT is reduced gears begin to grind.
Dalembert is to me your prototypical average center: pretty good at rebounding and blocking shots, average on offense (PER 14.8), average on defense (opp. PER 14.7). Prototype average center. Nothing to get excited about, but definitely a good player to have.
Sign-and-trade Dalembert (8.5-9m) and the King's pick for Bargnani? Works for me. Dalembert will average a double-double given 32 minutes or so of playing time. 1-2 blocks per game. No foul trouble. No injury risk. Raps get a second lotto pick, which they can use on a prospect C, who can develop while Sammy D's contract runs its course. They get their present and future C in one fell swoop. Kings? They pair Bargnani with Cousins. Perfect match. 'Nuff said. Win-win.
I feel if the MLE were to exist going forward Sam would at best be a MLE kind of player. Without it you're going to see him take an even more drastic pay cut.
He'll take an 8 million dollar paycut because of his attitude? You know how hard it is to find a decent center, let alone a decent center who doesn't sit out half a season due to injury? It's not because Bargnani is awesome that people were wondering whether he might be an all-star.
8-9m for 2-3 years for a player like Dalembert is good value - particularly if you're able to grab a high lotto pick in the process.
Last edited by jeff_hostetler; Wed Apr 20th, 2011 at 12:20 PM.
Note: Darko got $4.5/yr. last summer. Darko is not half the player that Sam is. Amir is only making MLE range money and I think Sam is not better than Amir at this point.
One more thing. No one asked the right question yet about this. Who? Who pays that? Why do they pay that? Meaning who else is offering almost up to that amount to drive his price up? I know if there's an MLE that you're going to have a bunch of capped teams offer it but who are the teams with cap space that drive the price up three more million per year?
Last edited by Apollo; Wed Apr 20th, 2011 at 01:54 PM. Reason: a few more thoughts
there's no reason daly won't be able to fetch himself something in the range of what brendan haywood signed for last season.
Centers demand a higher price. It's just the way it is. Dalembert has proven to be dependable. He doesn't get starter's minutes, but puts up starter's numbers. I'm not defending the guy's attitude (indeed, I've never met him, so I really have no idea), but in the same position, even I'd be like, "yo man, why don't I get more minutes?"
Let's say on the off chance that Dalembert will be acquired and his attitude checks out/drastically improves over reports (this is probably a pipe dream but sticking with the delusion) then we could potentially look at (after trading Bargnani to SAC for Dal and JThompson) the team of:
PG: Bayless, Calderon
SG: Derozan, Barbosa
SF: JJohnson, Kleiza
PF: ED, Amir
C: SDalembert, J Thompson
Bench: Alabi at this point.
Salary: $46M with this group. That is a very good number both from a cap standpoint and ability to chase free agents. Add in the pick and chase maybe 2-3 free agents or further trades (Barbosa, Calderon/Bayless). If the pick is Kyrie/Kemba, then chase Wilson Chandler/Thaddeus Young for a good SF giving us a solid trio there. If the pick is DWilliams then look for a solid 2 guard like Aaron Afflalo and/or Matt's man Daequan Cook. That would be a solid team if Sammy D can hold it together mentally. Add a possible trade of Barbosa's expiring for more 'assets' and potential next year at a Myck Kabongo (PG) or many SF (Gilchrist, Macadoo, Harrison Barnes etc.) this team could look like it has a large upside.
As far as Jason Thompson goes...I don't know about that guy. He puts up good numbers as a PF...but I'm looking at his own defensive numbers as a center, and I don't know. Again, granted this is only looking at the stats, cause I can't say I've ever really paid any attention to him watching games, but his Opp. PER is 19.3 (verging on terrible), and allows his man to shoot a FG% of .577. He's also not really any kind of shot blocker and fouls a lot. Not exactly what I would call a defensive-powerhouse.
Thompson, Garcia, 2011 2nd round pick, 2012 1st round pick for Bargnani would be nice.
I like Daequan Cook but as a lowly paid third string SG. I don't think he has had a fair shake in the last couple of years. He is young and skilled enough to consider low risk, high reward in my opinion.
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