Originally Posted by moremilk
not really - don't forget that they gave him 8 when he was a very promising young pg. They only gave him that much because they were hoping TJ to become a bargain in the second half of his contract. I don't think Calderon
is yet a proven elite pg, he's showing signs that he can be - but he's not yet at billups/nash salary level.
Exactly. Ford ended up not deserving the 8 mil, but when signed, it was thought he would be the number two guy in Toronto for the forseeable future.
Put it this way...when they gave Ford 8 mil, the Raps were expecting more out of him that they are out of Calderon. Same reason Antoine Walker continues to cash huge cheques while he sees less court time than some pleyrs collecting the minimum.
I have no problem paying him 8, because the precedent has been set, but it's not like negotiations will start at 8 just because thats what Ford was making.