Originally Posted by m5racer
Ok, ok lets bring out the big guns......
Derozen - 9.5 million for the next 3 years
harden - 14, 15, 16 million for the next three years
Harden averages 2.7 more points per game
, .4 rebounds per game 2.1 assists per game
(lets not forget Huston has shit point guards) while shooting the ball 2.7% more efficiently from the field and 6.1% more efficiently from 3 point land
... = barely a game changing upgrade IMO, especially considering he will make roughly 5,6,7 million more over those three years
...... im sure that money can go a lot future towards another player.....its like saying would you rather have James harden or would you rather have Derozen + Amir?
I'd rather have Harden and Amir. No incoming salary will prevent us from re-signing Amir. We have his Bird Rights, and rich ownership that will pay tax for a winner.
The question is, would you rather have Harden, or DeMar and a shot to play with cap space in 2015 (a seemingly weak FA class right now). In terms of actionable cap space, that's the only difference. After 2015, all the cap space will be gone anyway when JV and Ross get raises.
And good luck keeping DD at his 9.5M when he opts out two seasons from now (when the tax issue involved with having, say, both a max level player and Amir at 7M would actually kick in).