Originally Posted by Ball Don't Lie
With the new salary cap, there's no way a player like Pachulia, who wont be playing more than 15 mpg due to Sanders rise as a starting center, and Hensons likely rise this year, is worth 5 million a year, let alone for 3 years. This isn't the 2000's anymore when bench role players in a 8th/9th man role are getting 3-4 year deals at 4-5 million per. The market has changed, where players like Pachulia, a solid role player who can give good production in limited minutes off of the bench, are now getting much shorter contracts at less money.
Look at Dalembert, who got 2 years, 8 million with Dallas, with the 2nd year only having a 2 million guarantee. Kaman got the minimum with LAL. Greg Stiemsma got 1 year, 2.7 million. To put things into perspective, a much younger, more productive JJ Hickson, who averaged a double double last season, is making 1 million less than Pachulia on the same amount of years, and is going to be playing a much larger role and producing at a much higher level than Pachulia in the next 3 years.
Any way you look at that deal, it's awful. Not only because the market dictates it's awful, but because MIL already had enough big men on their roster for next season with Henson and Udoh.
Dalembert isn't as good as Pachulia, Steisma is Steisma. JJ Hickson...hasn't really proved anything. Pachulia might grab no rebounds and score no points, bu the's the type of player who is integral to establishing a winning culture. His team will be down 20 and he'll go on the court and mix it up with a superstar. He doesn't appreciate losing.
Regardless - I don't think Milwaukee is paying him more money to do anything more than what he did in Atlanta. So maybe it's a bad contract, but we're not talking bad contracts, were' talking about busts which he will not be since the expectations placed on him will be to do exactly what he's done his entire career. Get rebounds and mix it up.
Bynum is getting paid 12mil with very questionable character, coming off of a year where he didn't play any basketball. And he's playing with a group of young guys, not a group of veterans led by the zen master trying to keep his attitude in check. Last I remember of Bynum he was jacking threes and was a walkign joke.
Detroit needs Josh Smith to be a leader, and they're paying him as such. But with Al Horford and Zaza, he never really had to lead before. It's a new role. He could put up nice stats and still bust since he'll be the first person everybody looks at if the team busts.