Why would I mention Gerald Wallace? Oh, I don't know, maybe because he was 24 when he signed his last contract and Batum is 23. Maybe because they play the same position. Maybe because Wallace was posting borderline all-star numbers prior to signing his deal with Charlotte worth around $9.5M/yr and Batum is not.
I don't think its worth it, but it's what he'll get. Potential can be costly. Just look at Amir's contract, or even Bargnani's when it was first signed.
How come Beasley isn't getting any consideration?
'Cause he is tough to coach? Why is Minny giving up on him...with a coach like Adelman?
Forgetting the issue of the 2008 draft and what Batum might have said, I never did get much feedback on this question:
Do you think Batum could play SG?
To be honest, I have not watched a lot of him. Anyone out there have an opinion based on knowledge or familiarity of his game?
Hypothetically speaking, if Barnes was drafted and Batum played SG, the starting lineup would be extremely skilled and 4 of 5 positions would be a major threat from deep. Lanes would be more clear than the 407 when it first open. You would not be able to cheat on the JV pick and roll because there would be a wide open look from 3 for three other players.
Last edited by mcHAPPY; Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 05:09 PM.
What's with you and Barnes all of a sudden, Matt?
Just wondering. Think he'll end up better than Miller or MKG?
What has caught my attention on Barnes is his offensive production is up and more efficient in 2 less minutes per game than last year. Plus I believe any defensive short comings could very easily be helped immensely by the Raps coaching staff. On top of all that his character and work ethic have been well publicized.
Batum had a strong game at SG versus ATL. 9-15/3-6/1-2 for 22 points, 8 rebounds, 1 ast, 1 stl, 1 blk, 2 to. Unfortunately Joe Johnson also had a good game. I am still very much intrigued by Batum playing SG.
I wouldn't read too much into what JJ did, he scores on everyone. His contract IS ridiculous but he's still a excellent player and going to put points up on anyone that guards him.
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