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Old 09-12-2013, 01:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Their reasoning with Anderson is perplexing, and very BR-esque. The Nets were already way over the cap, 4 million extra isn't going to hurt them, and as they mentioned, Anderson is a good insurance policy as a 5th guard.

Pekovic has already shown what he can do and has steadily improved every year, as they pointed out. Even if he's at his peak as they mentioned, he'll still be worth 5 years 60 million assuming he gives the same type of production inside and on the boards. BR picking apart his propensity to get easy baskets just shows how bad the website is. Him scoring 75% of his points from 3 feet and in is a good thing, as he's not going to be relied upon to create offence for Minnesota on regular postups that often.

The others make sense though. Landry and Pachulia received the worst contracts of the offseason IMO, because both are bench guys and neither contribute enough to winning to get long term contracts. Landry should have been given 2 or 3 years at less money, but at least he can play 25-30 minutes and be effective. Pachulia isn't going to come close to averaging 20 minutes per game this season and he's being paid as if he's a 6th or 7th man who can provide very good production off of the bench. To make it worse, you could easily make the argument that Udoh would produce more than Zaza in limited minutes. Zazas contract is the worst of the offseason.

Ellis should excel in an offence with Jose and Dirk, but the team isn't going to come close to winning 50 games. He'll be worth the contract production wise, but not winning wise.

The Smith experiment at SF should end pretty quickly, and the Pistons will need to figure out their rotation even quicker in terms of who's going to come off the bench and the minute distribution. He'll be worth his contract though if they can play him at PF and keep him close to the basket.

Jefferson is going to put up empty stats on a bad team, but Charlotte will improve record wise. Then again theres nowhere to go but up. One good point BR made was that he's a halfcourt bigman playing with an uptempo team, but they also need to score in the halfcourt too so I dont think it's that bad of a move. They cant continue playing young players forever.

My list would be:

1. Zaza
2. Calderon
3. Splitter
4. Landry
5. Jefferson

Calderon is 2nd because he's on a 4 year contract as a fringe starter already, plus he's 32 or 33 years old. He already cannot guard the most explosive position in basketball right now, and his contract is going to look worse in 1-2 years when the Mavs finally realize they cant get back to being a high seed in the West with him as their starting point because he gives up too much on defence.
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