NBA: Where Bat-Sh** Crazy Happens

Max contracts

Everyone has been wondering who was going to win in the LeBron sweepstakes. Rudy Gay and Joe Johnson just won.

The Hawks and the Grizzles – potentially worried that a team like the Knicks or Nets may pay big money to grab one of these guys as part of their effort to get LeBron – offered max level contracts to Joe Johnson (118 million) and Rudy Gay (80 million) respectively.

There is talk aplenty as to whether or not these two guys actually deserve max level contracts. For the sake of fairness, let’s take a look at the numbers:

Joe Johnson

  • 28 years old
  • 21.3 PPG (11th in NBA), 4.9 APG (27th in NBA), 1.1 SPG (46th in NBA) in 2009-2010
  • Led the Hawks in points, assists and field goals attempted
  • Hawks went to second round in the playoffs, swept by Orlando

Rudy Gay

  • 23 years old
  • 19.6 PPT (18th in NBA), 5.9 RPG (51st in NBA), .466 FG% (67th in NBA) in 2009-2010
  • 2nd best on Grizzles’ roster when it comes PPG and total points in 2009-2010
  • Grizzles failed to make the 2009-2010 postseason

Along with these highlights, it should be noted that the Timberwolves offered Darko Milicic a 4-year 20 million dollar contract (16 million guaranteed),  Amir Johnson agreed to a 5-year 34 million dollar contract with the Raptors, and the Bucks agreed to a 5-year 32 million dollar contract with Drew Gooden.

This from the Salt Lake Tribune’s Jazz twitter account:

While we debate who’s worth max money, Korver and his brother are off building handicapped ramps for needy families in the area.

Lakers, Celtics Reload

In the last 24 hours, the Lakers and Celtics have each resolved a key question heading into the summer.

First, Phil Jackson has agreed to come back for one more year as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers:

“Count me in,” Jackson said in a statement released by the team. “After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season.  It’ll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one.”

In addition, the mild concern that built up within Celtic fans at the news that Paul Pierce opted out has now been calmed. Paul Pierce will remain a Celtic.

The club has reached agreement with its captain on a new contract, according to sources. The deal is for four years at $61 million with certain options for both sides after the first three.

The papers cannot be signed and the deal cannot be officially announced until next week.


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~ by djepperson on July 2, 2010.

5 Responses to “NBA: Where Bat-Sh** Crazy Happens”

  1. Dan, thanks for mentioning Korver. The guy is a burly stud – the true example of a “hero” … at least, the kind of hero I want MY sons looking up to.

  2. Yeah, I’m a fan of Korver as well, though I’m a little bit worried about him staying in Utah. It sounds like there’s a lot of interest in him from various teams (setting an NBA regular season record for best 3 point percentage will do that), and it appears that the Jazz are going to need to focus on Boozer and Matthews.

    Not to mention Gordon Hayward.

    Hopefully it all works out.

  3. A lot of people may not believe in Rudy Gay, but the Grizz do. He and Lionel Hollins finally saw eye to eye during last season and Memphis isn’t all that far off. The road will be tough playing n the Western Conference. They just need the other Gasol to play like his brother…

    • I certainly hope you’re right Stevie. There’s that old saying that you don’t sign players to contracts based on what they’ve done but rather what you think they can do. One hopes that Gay takes a deal like this and dedicates himself to build that team up.

  4. […] Grizzles, you may remember, signed Rudy Gay to a max level deal over the summer, so this deal puts them in some pretty tricky ground financially over the next five years unless […]

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