Thu Nov 1st, 2012, 12:18 PM
The cynic in me says "who cares? he's not good enough to worry about that sorta thinking". Plus, BC could have made an unofficial verbal commitment to his agent, asking him to wait until the offseason to make it official, to give the Raptors as many options and as much financial flexibility next offseason as possible (ie: DeRozan's $4.5M cap hold VS his $9.5M salary = $5M less cap space to work with). That appraoch would give BC more options to build the best possible team, with the intention of DeRozan being a key part of that team. I just don't get the timing or the amount, for a guy who I don't think is worth more than $6-7M per season at this point in his career. That's a lot of money and a lot of lost opportunities, based on potential.
Thu Nov 1st, 2012, 12:30 PM
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I have settled down some after the combo hit of last night but I do believe BC has moved off my favored list of defendable sports execs. There seems to be not very much for quite awhile (JV excepted and that was pure draft circumstance) where I can point and declare "now that was a boffo move...outside the box, inventive, great trade on talent, financially sound etc.
Having said this I think most can agree that the optimum number would have been around 7 mill. per. These are approx Wilson Chandler numbers and someone I would exchange for DD in a nanosec...more heartburn! So it seems we have overpaid again all the accolades aside. The question is, will the xtra 2-3 mill per yr. be a detriment going forward?
Thu Nov 1st, 2012, 12:32 PM
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It doesn't make sense. But my theory is two-fold:
1) He ran into a similar situation with Joe Johnson.. who had a fairly meek 3 years in Phoenix, and decided to see what he does in his 4th year. He excelled, and Atlanta swooped him for a ridiculous contract that Phoenix couldn't match. Colangelo could be trying to avoid the next Joe Johnson situation with DeMar this time around. DeMar has regressed in his 3 years, Joe didn't.. and it will be very difficult for DeMar to come anywhere close to Joe's numbers in his 4th year.. so if this was a worry for Colangelo then he's off his rocker.
2) He doesn't want a disgruntled member of his team's core without a contract. If one of your 'core' guys is playing without a contract, he may sulk and could become cancerous. Of course you can easily rebut this by saying that DeMar hasn't done enough to prove he's worthy of a contract extension, and if he sulks that's a sign that he has character issues and shouldn't be resigned anyway.
... can't honestly think of any other reason why he would have offered him a contract now. It's kind of mind boggling actually.
Thu Nov 1st, 2012, 12:38 PM
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