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Old 03-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rudy Gay (Toronto Raptors): Three years, $53.7 million (third-year player option)
Andrea Bargnani (Toronto Raptors): Three years, $32.2 million (third-year early-termination option)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors): Five years, $41.3 million
Landry Fields (Toronto Raptors): Three years, $18.8 million

The acquisition of Gay is the most exaggerated example in the Raptorsí recent run of adding counterproductive contracts, but Gayís cap hit is only so painful because of all that came before it. Lucrative extensions for the Bryan Colangelo-drafted Bargnani and DeRozan form the basis of the Raptorsí cap problems, while two flubbed mid-level signings (Linas Kleiza and Fields) only serve to exacerbate the gloomy outlook. Add it all up and youíre looking at a team thatís over the projected cap line through 2015, may pay the luxury tax in 2014 and is far from a contender. We have yet to see what Colangelo might get in a potential deal centered on Bargnani, but even a financially beneficial deal would leave the Raptors in more or less the same place, with a potential new deal for Kyle Lowry looming in 2014.

Gayís contract alone would be tough for any team to handle, much less one so early in its team-building cycle. The Raptors didnít have all of their core pieces in place, and now theyíre left with that same, underwhelming foundation, a massive contract eating up much of their cap and hopes for the future pinned to Gay, DeRozan, raw big man Jonas Valanciunas and rookie wing Terrence Ross. There are worse places for a team to be, but that group ó and the Raptorsí cap reality ó donít bode well for Torontoís upward mobility.
Joe Johnson, Amar'e Stoudemire among the most problematic contracts in NBA | The Point Forward - SI.com
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I posted this link in another thread. But, yeah, the fruits of BC's labour
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:10 PM   #3 (permalink)
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rudy gay is hardly a worst contract in the league. demar is hardly overpaid, let alone worst in the league. Bargnani is overpaid sure but even him being the worst in the league is a stretch somewhat. fields is overpaid but again, how can someone be worst in the league at 6 million only? especially when he's only 23 and rebounds and defends fairly well for a bench player? that read was one of the worst and most biased things i've had to fathom in years
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I dont think DD's contract is bad. He is basically playing better than Gay. Only thing Gay has on him is the fourth quater heroics. DD is still progressing and even now is already a consistent offensive threat so 40/5 is not bad.

Fields contract is bad, but much smaller in size than the other two bad ones.
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rudy gay is hardly a worst contract in the league. demar is hardly overpaid, let alone worst in the league. Bargnani is overpaid sure but even him being the worst in the league is a stretch somewhat. fields is overpaid but again, how can someone be worst in the league at 6 million only? especially when he's only 23 and rebounds and defends fairly well for a bench player? that read was one of the worst and most biased things i've had to fathom in years
It's a list of bad contracts, not one is being said to be THE worst
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It's a list of bad contracts, not one is being said to be THE worst
isn't it a list of the worst contracts in the league? that's what I meant. not either being referred to as THE worst, but to be mentioned in a group of the worst in the league? downright stupid
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
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barg 10-12mill / year
fields 5-8.5mill / year
kleiza 4.6 mill / year
gray 2.5 mill / year
piertrus 1 mill / year
telfair 1.5 mill / year
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25 million / year

rudy gay 16-19mill / year


rudy has more impact than the other 6 players put together and then some.

Rather pay for one dynamic talent that elevates your roster compared to 6 scrubs that are readily replaceable and has minimal impact.
yet those 6 scrubs take 40% of our cap space
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
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a third of our players are on this list? wow
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Old 03-06-2013, 10:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Gay's contract is ridiculous. Even with him being the best player on the team, it is a joke considering his actual abilites.

It's on par with Jalen Rose's deal back in the day. It's like Jalen Rose was a good player, but completely overpaid and although he made the team better, they still were nowhere close to being a contender for anything.
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Gay's contract is ridiculous. Even with him being the best player on the team, it is a joke considering his actual abilites.

It's on par with Jalen Rose's deal back in the day. It's like Jalen Rose was a good player, but completely overpaid and although he made the team better, they still were nowhere close to being a contender for anything.
We didn't give Jalen that contract though. We traded the mertric system malcontent himself and acquired it. That one year with Jalen and Vince had some serious promise before he broke his hand that jnauary. I guess it's comparable, but Gay is way younger than Jalen was when we got him or Chicago signed him.
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rudy gay is hardly a worst contract in the league. demar is hardly overpaid, let alone worst in the league. Bargnani is overpaid sure but even him being the worst in the league is a stretch somewhat. fields is overpaid but again, how can someone be worst in the league at 6 million only? especially when he's only 23 and rebounds and defends fairly well for a bench player? that read was one of the worst and most biased things i've had to fathom in years
gotta agree with you,and how is Hedo Turkoglu's contract(one that Colangelo signed by the way) not on there as problematic?

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gotta agree with you,and how is Hedo Turkoglu's contract(one that Colangelo signed by the way) not on there as problematic?
Hedo's contract is almost done. this current year is nearly over, only a couple mil left, and then 6 mil to cut him this summer. it still sucks to give those 6 mil for nothing but it's not among the worst contracts anymore.
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rudy gay is hardly a worst contract in the league. demar is hardly overpaid, let alone worst in the league. Bargnani is overpaid sure but even him being the worst in the league is a stretch somewhat. fields is overpaid but again, how can someone be worst in the league at 6 million only? especially when he's only 23 and rebounds and defends fairly well for a bench player? that read was one of the worst and most biased things i've had to fathom in years
who are the worst then? 6 mil on a bad backup is a huge waste of money. i'd rather waste that 6 mil to overpay a star. Like, Joe Johnson, Amare and Boozer are bad contracts, in part because of their age, but reduce their salary by 6 mil and it'd be within reason. Amare/Johnson at 14 mil - still a bit overpaid but not among the worst, Boozer at 9 mil - very good.
6 mil is a lot to waste on a Fields.
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #14 (permalink)
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the only guy who is massively overpaid on that list is gay. I think demar's contract would be a stretch to even call it bad, it's not a great contract, but if we were to put him on the market, we'd get tons of good trade scenarios.

also, Bargnani only has two years left, I think the 3rd is optional for us, and if his contract is so bad, his option won't be picked obviously ... The way he played this year, sure, he is horrible overpaid, but if he recovers his normal form, he is not that bad of contract. The only really bad contract is fields, but, as pointed out previously, when you make 6 million, how terrible can your contract be. There are tons of MLE level players who suck just as badly as fields, hardly uncommon.

as for gay, while overpaid, I seem to recall lots of teams willing to go after that overpaid contract, so it can't be THAT bad ...
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Old 03-07-2013, 11:35 AM   #15 (permalink)
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also, kleiza doesn't belong on the list at all, he was a reasonably productive player before he got injured, it's like saying Love has a horrible contract in Minesotta.
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also, kleiza doesn't belong on the list at all, he was a reasonably productive player before he got injured, it's like saying Love has a horrible contract in Minesotta.
really?


and i think the article is right, for a non playoff team to be capped out is just... sad very very sad. every single guy mentioned in that is overpaid, because thats what our GM likes to do, he's quite good at it too.
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