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Old 03-09-2013, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toronto has (3) three of the Worst 25...and still no playoffs.

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25. Rudy Gay: three years, $53.7 million
Most fans love the idea of Rudy: 6-foot-8, defends either forward spot, good athlete, unafraid at crunch time, seems like he's good. Nobody wants to accept that he's a horrific shooter repeat: horrific who excels at posting up smaller defenders, and that's about it. Math doesn't lie: According to Hoopdata.com, Gay is shooting 25 percent on shots from 16 to 23 feet (the worst percentage of anyone who attempted three-plus shots per game from that range) and 23.3 percent from 3 (the worst percentage of anyone who attempted three-plus 3s per game). In other words, Gay attempts nearly 10 shots per game from more than 15 feet and makes two of them. I stand by "horrific."

Now, there's an excellent chance that (a) Gay needed a change of scenery, (b) Z-Bo and Marc Gasol clogged the paint and made it more difficult for him to drive to the hoop (there's some truth to that), (c) he's better off playing the 4 and exploiting quickness mismatches there ( la Carmelo) and (d) this trade could still work out for Toronto if Gay ever stops throwing up bricks. But reading Marc Spears's report that Toronto wants to lock up Gay TO AN EXTENSION this summer I mean what???? Why not use these last six weeks to make sure he's still competent offensively before broaching that strategy publicly? What's wrong with these teams?
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10. Landry Fields: three years, $18.73 million
Don't forget, Toronto offered Fields too much money as a strategic ploy. (Not a typo.) They were hoping the Knicks would knock themselves out of the Steve Nash sweepstakes to match the offer, leaving Toronto as Nash's only suitor. Instead, Nash went to the Lakers and New York gleefully stuck Toronto with Fields, making him the Kip Addotta of 2012 free agency (see this column for an explanation). What's the right word for that chain of events? I'm going with "hilarious!" unless you can top it.

Meanwhile, Fields is turning into the Dave Stapleton of basketball instead of getting better every year like every other young player, he's somehow getting worse.

2011: 9.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 50% FG, 39% 3FG, 77% FT, 13.5 PER.
2012: 8.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 46% FG, 26% 3FG, 56% FT, 12.1 PER.
2013: 4.7 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 45% FG, 8% 3FG, 70% FT, 10.2 PER.

Translation: This is threatening to replace the murder subplot in Season 2 of Friday Night Lights as the most painful story line involving someone named Landry. Stay tuned.
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5. Andrea Bargnani: three years, $33 million
Player A: 29.2 MPG, 13.0 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 40% FG, 31% 3FG, 11.4 PER.
Player B: 29.7 MPG, 12.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 39% FG, 32% 3FG, 12.4 PER.

Player A is Bargnani. Player B is Byron Mullens.

WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU, ANDREA BARGNANI????????14
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think this has already been posted. There might even be a thread for the Simmons article. Either way, i'm sure i've seen it here somewhere.

Btw, remember when worst contracts were 5-6 years just a few years ago? now a typical "terrible" contract is only 3 years. all of these Raptors contracts are basically 2 years + whatever remains of this one. Huge improvement over the Isiah era.
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Old 03-10-2013, 09:36 AM   #4 (permalink)
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My bad. I saw the NBA.com version (which is pretty similar), but I must've missed this one.

BTW, 2 of these contracts are from players that would not even be starters on a full Raptors team.

The Rudy contract can be justified if he produces at an elite level. This team has been without one of those players since the Bosh days. This team seems dependent on that style of player, however he should be forewarned that if this team struggles much the way it has over the past couple of years that the fans will turn on him and he'll be left in a Bargnani situation

The Fields contract seemed like a worth-whiled business risk at the time. To bring Nash here would've given this team great media attention, a veteran leader to run the team from point and may have lured other players here in the future.

Bargs was considered am integral part of this team a few years ago when he was offered this contract. He had producing respectable numbers (shooting over 45%, 15-20 ppg) and had that trend continued this contract certainly would have been justified. But like so many players, instead of elevating his game it seems like he's decided to coast.

I believe that professional sports have a real issue with this. It would be great to see a comparison between players in their contract year and the year after they receive a big contract. Certainly many players continue to have success, but there is a percentage that "coast" after receiving that contract (I understand there could be other factors to lead to it looking like a player has coasted - injury, team dynamics, etc..). Anyways the moral to that rant is that I think professional sports team should shortened the contract terms, reducing this risk.
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I debated about moving the original thread over to this section. It really does belong here so this works ok.
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Isn't the reasoning for signing Fields wrong? I thought they had to use Fields in a sign and trade for Nash, and once we signed him to an offer sheet the knicks could no longer use him. We didn't sign him hoping/caring if they would match at all. (?)
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Isn't the reasoning for signing Fields wrong? I thought they had to use Fields in a sign and trade for Nash, and once we signed him to an offer sheet the knicks could no longer use him. We didn't sign him hoping/caring if they would match at all. (?)
You are right.

I do think the hope was that the Knicks would match, though. I think Colangelo tried to pull a Kevin Pritchard there and overestimated how much the Knicks were willing to spend.
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On the other hand, two of the three players on this list are having career worst years. IF they continue to play like this, I would be a lot more worried, but the odds are very strong that they will all bounce back next season.
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also, we have a few of the best contracts for non-rookie players in the league, lowry and amir at 6 are bargains and so is anderson at the minimum ...
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There's no Kleiza in that list, just saying.
Also Gay would stop shooting from long range if he had a decent coach who's able to coach players and has cohones
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Kleiza's in the article. He doesn't make the list because he's eligible for an amnesty (though Simmons apparently doesn't know that Bargnani is eligible for amnesty too...).
that part is messed up.

Personally, i wouldn't put Kleiza on any of these lists because he's a small expiring after this season. IMO, there's no such thing as a bad 1 year contract. Especially a 1 year, 4.6 mil contract. Sure he's wildly overpaid, but other than the owners' pockets, it's not going to hurt the franchise in any noticeable way.
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I laughed so hard reading this article, especially the Vescely part. Earlier this year I was hoping the raps would trade Jose for him and Ariza. Thank god that did not happen.
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what happened to you bargnani?> lol
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wheres tyrus thomas? lol
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Thomas is there too - he got grouped into the Kleiza category

I don't believe Kleiza's contract should should be amnestied.

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Category 4: Future Amnesty Candidates

I need my atrocious contracts to rot away on someone's salary cap like a bad piece of fruit. So it's bitterly disappointing that the following teams have their amnesties left for the following players: the Lakers (Metta World Amnesty Clause: two years, $15 million); Miami (Mike Miller: three years, $18.6 million);6 Milwaukee (Drew Gooden: three years, $20.2 million); Toronto (Linas Kleiza: two years, $9.2 million); Sacramento (John Salmons: two years, $15.7 million); and especially Charlotte (Tyrus Thomas: three years, $26.1 million), who pulled off the Double Atrocious GM Whammy of (a) trading a future lottery pick for an overrated player, and (b) giving that overrated player a ludicrous extension that they'd eventually have to amnesty.
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I just noticed he has Brandon Roy at no.23. What? that makes no sense. His contract expires in a month, there's like 1 mil left. Simmons has some blind hate when it comes to David Kahn. Sure Kahn made some mistakes in the past, but there's no need to mention that in every article just so you can put a 'Khan' youtube video.
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I just noticed he has Brandon Roy at no.23. What? that makes no sense. His contract expires in a month, there's like 1 mil left. Simmons has some blind hate when it comes to David Kahn. Sure Kahn made some mistakes in the past, but there's no need to mention that in every article just so you can put a 'Khan' youtube video.
he kind of contradicts himself several times, because he mentioned that guys who can be amnestied are not on the list, and then he includes Bargnani (while excluding kleiza).

Ultimately, he's a write who goes for comedic effect whenever he can, so don't take this list TOO seriously. And it's not like he's way off.

I just read both his articles, and I'm pissed he didn't include Amir on the best contracts list, this season he's playing well above the 6/yr he's making .
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Thomas is there too - he got grouped into the Kleiza category

I don't believe Kleiza's contract should should be amnestied.
Dude, the guys knees are toast.....what are we going to pay him another 9 million over 2 years to take up cap space and constantly be on the IR......the guys NBA career is already over
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Dude, the guys knees are toast.....what are we going to pay him another 9 million over 2 years to take up cap space and constantly be on the IR......the guys NBA career is already over
Kleiza has a PO this offseason... so at worst, it's one season.
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Dude, the guys knees are toast.....what are we going to pay him another 9 million over 2 years to take up cap space and constantly be on the IR......the guys NBA career is already over
He's useless, Im not disagreeing, but for 4.5 mil next year - not a lot of value...but if Bargs cant be traded than maybe the amnesty would have more value being used on him.
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