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July 26, 2013

Henderson to sign with Bobcats: 3 years, $18 million, player option after second season

    The Charlotte Bobcats and shooting guard Gerald Henderson are finalizing a three-year, $18 million contract extension, a knowledgeable source confirmed Friday night.

    The deal, first reported by Yahoo Sports, will give shooting guard Henderson the option to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.

    Henderson could have signed for more -- roughly an additional $1 million per season -- had he not taken the player option.

            Henderson, a restricted free agent, was second on the Bobcats in scoring last season at 15.5 points per game. He finished last season strong, averaging 23.9 points over the last 23 games, on 48 percent shooting from the field and 86 percent from the foul line.

    Henderson and point guard Kemba Walker acted as co-captains last season. The Bobcats drafted Henderson 12th overall in 2009 out of Duke. At four seasons, he’s the Bobcats’ longest-tenured player on a roster that has experienced considerable makeover the past three years.

    With Henderson returning, it appears the Bobcats have completed their major off-season transactions. Earlier in the free-agency period the Bobcats committed $41 million over the next three seasons on center Al Jefferson, a low-post scorer who last played for the Utah Jazz.

    Before signing Jefferson, the Bobcats drafted Indiana forward Cody Zeller fourth overall. Zeller excelled this month in Las Vegas, being named to that summer league’s all-tournament team. So was shooting guard/small forward Jeff Taylor.

    Henderson’s return projects a starting lineup for next season of him and Walker at the guard spots, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Zeller at forward and Jefferson at center. Bismack Biyombo, Taylor and Ben Gordon figure to the top three players off the bench in the 2013-14 season.

 

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Comments

These guys are figuring it out. Henderson at 6 million is a great deal for the Bobcats.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 26, 2013 9:19:38 PM

Team is shaping up nicely. Should be interesting to watch this year.

Posted by: Rick | Jul 26, 2013 9:30:02 PM

Im starting to like the things this team is doing!

Posted by: DL | Jul 26, 2013 9:37:26 PM

Hey im Nastar:the BOBcats the boobcats air minimumness boon farm jer ( go on the panthers board you will here that this season. ...ummm lets see nothing but negative reponses....henderson was overpaid by the BOBcats I mean boobcats....there nastar I did it for ya...

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 26, 2013 9:51:00 PM

Excellent! In my opinion, there were no free agent guards out there as valuable as Henderson. If he plays like he did the last 20 games of last season, show him the money!!!

Posted by: Airbrush87 | Jul 26, 2013 9:58:05 PM

Love it! Got our guy and didn't over pay. I like the second unit as well. Team actually has some depth.

Posted by: Sam | Jul 26, 2013 10:27:24 PM

Hey Bonnell. Sessions wouldn't be one of the top 3 players of the bench? Do you even follow this team?

Posted by: Baker | Jul 26, 2013 10:28:56 PM

Boy I've really gotten inside your head freeze!! Hahahaha...

Hey Bonnell, why are you always getting scooped by some out of town dude?

So what does this deal say about how the rest of the league views Hendo as a player?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 26, 2013 10:32:48 PM

Inside my head naw...I just think you need some new material. ..

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 26, 2013 10:45:28 PM

Since you mentioned the KitKats, what's the over/under on Rivera? 6 games? Over? Under?

Oh wait, Boone's Farm Jer' is the owner, he'd never pay a coach to go away...

As for Hendo, are you surprised with this contract? Think he got another offer?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 26, 2013 10:59:09 PM

Kit kats never heard that one...I'm going to say 8-8 not enough talent on the outside to compete week in and week out...lil smitty has been carrying this offense far too long...and as far as hendo who knows what he else he got. Just because we didn't here about another offer doesn't mean he didn't get one....imo the bobcats need to suck for one more year. ....

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 26, 2013 11:15:29 PM

This is a great deal for Charlotte. This went back and forth for what felt like a long time, but in the end, Henderson is a great value to the team at this price. With the player option in the third year, he also has an opportunity to continue improving the next couple of years and sign for a much bigger contract down the line.

I'd say this is a win-win for everyone. We're going to compete this year. I only hope we don't lose our draft pick in the process.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 26, 2013 11:33:33 PM

Man Freeze, you nailed it. Not that it is difficult to predict what NASTAR is going to say.

I guess Henderson didn't take less to sign elsewhere, wrong again. This is getting boring. Every off season prediction NASTAR has made has been absolutely wrong.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 27, 2013 4:36:59 AM

Great deal! I'm really glad it's done.
It completes a series of good decisions made by the management in 2013.
The team is on the right track.

Posted by: Sandy | Jul 27, 2013 5:20:10 AM

They are getting it done. Even when they pay a bit more for a rare low post player, it gets balanced by getting Henderson at a good number. This has been by far the best and most strategic off season they have ever have had. All while preserving cap space for next year and having all those picks. Throw in the Move to the Hornets next year and Boom!

Posted by: Bingo | Jul 27, 2013 7:29:48 AM

Well its moves the front office has made, to find out if their good remains to be seen....we're small market team any decent free agent we want we are going to have to overpay for that reason and because this squad hasent been on the right side of the win post the past few years...bizmack biyombo is sent to the bench because that's where he belongs...the bobcats were and have been easy to defend in the post and on the wing...that makes kemba walker powerless and easy to double team in traffic...kidd gilcherst can't hit a jumper well and bizmack plays with two left feet ( he's gotten better at a snails pace tho). After watching a lot of bobcat games the one thing that stood out to me is that they took A LOT of tough shots. That comes from not having to defend all 5 positions on the floor...teams didn't defend bizmack at all and out side of 5 feet mkg wasent much of a factor..kemba walker as a point guard must also know his teammates strengths and weaknesses...that's why you seen so many blowouts, talented teams didn't have to work on defense so they could just use all their energy on offense and rest on d ( which is what you don't EVER want). Hendo was the one player I could count on when the shot clock was low or it was a tough shot he would nail it. Yet and still this team has lots a ground to cover I'm just waiting to see if the arrow is pointed in the right direction.

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 27, 2013 9:52:31 AM

glad this is done and at a GREAT price, but the 3rd year is a player option that comes after walker would be up for an extension. makes this basically a 2 year deal under most scenarios.

better than the QO in several ways, but we're probably going to have him unrestricted 2 summers from now. buys us a lot of time to potentially replace him or trade him or extend him.

awesome that they got it done and it didn't drag out any longer. will make for a far more productive offseason and season from a development standpoint for our entire core.


now, seth curry.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 27, 2013 10:37:19 AM

Hey Season Tckt Slurper.....any opinions of your own or do you exist to simply spew revisionist history? You're a fool paying 2.5x for an inferior product...right in the wheelhouse of the business/scam plan put forth by His Minimumness!

Bingo, you make some good points. Will be interesting to see how many wins it translates into but the Joke known as the BOOBcat's are without a doubt improved...

...but let's see how this new roster does when top teams show up and actually play their top players vs. sitting them!

If this team does not make the playoffs in the next 2 years how will you slurpers feel?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 27, 2013 4:09:00 PM

ASStar and Freezeyfuch you gurlzzzz are sleeeezzy dumazzz biyatchezzzzzzz!

Posted by: Hugo Panther | Jul 27, 2013 5:21:57 PM

What a troll that dude is. trollstar99. Ha! That is the perfect name for him.

I am digging what the Bcats are doing. Some people are just haters. Every team turns it around. Looks like they bobcats are making progress. Not sure why anyone would be against that.

Posted by: Bingo | Jul 27, 2013 5:39:47 PM

I guess you were surprised that Henderson didn't sign with a contender. Sounds like you are getting sensitive to being so consistently wrong. Your history does not appear to be helping you make any predictions.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 27, 2013 5:51:10 PM

Hugo who in the world let you on here...did you get a rush by typing that? I dont know if you agree or disagree...

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 27, 2013 5:53:11 PM

I'm glad Henderson will be resigning. During the last 1/4 of the season, he was clearly Charlotte's best player. He has all-star talent and continues to improve.

The additions of Al and Cody are great. Our starting lineup will be solid and our bench is decent too. Sessions are Gordon are NICE, and don't sleep on Taylor and McRoberts.

Posted by: dubsupreme | Jul 27, 2013 7:08:57 PM

As suspected, Season Ticket Slurper can't think for himself...

Again, what does this contract say about how the rest of the league views Hendo as an "asset"?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 27, 2013 9:15:45 PM

That is funny. "You would be surprised if Henderson didn't sign with a contender for less" Now you wonder what the rest of the league thinks of him. That is a great way to cover being wrong. Again.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 27, 2013 9:48:03 PM

Hey Nashole. Any more predictions? Please hurry so I can bet the opposite and guarantee a win. There is one prediction that will come true. NASTAR will say some thing racist or stupid some time soon. Compare any white people to Fred Sanford lately? I think not.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 27, 2013 10:23:29 PM

SeasTickSlurp...my direct quote:

"If the BOB's try to nickel-dime Hendo I won't be the least bit surprised to see him take less money elsewhere and leave -- why wouldn't he?"

How would you describe the contract the BOB's signed with Hendo? Generous? Paltry? Something in between? Do you think he had other offers? If not, why not?

Seriously dude, put some thoughts in writing, show us that you are able to.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 27, 2013 10:26:44 PM

Thomas, for the third time, please explain how a Fred Sanford reference is racist? Seriously blowhard, explain it.

Thomas is unique, a Fred Whitfield Slurper...

...possibly the only one? Are you related?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 27, 2013 10:52:16 PM

Yes. I am related to him In a way someone like you could not understand. Another example of your feeble mind. You are a racist in denial. Glad you have a place to espouse your racist and hateful comments in an anynonmous forum. Someone like you wold never come out in the light of day. Keep pretending. You know exactly what you are. That is why you comment the way you do and why you do it here. You are a pathetic human being harboring hatred. Disgusting.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 27, 2013 11:08:29 PM

You are a walking excuse. They get Henderson at the right number and there has to be a problem with it. What a joke and a backtracker you are.

I wonder what Thomas is up to. Cant believe he was amnestied can you? How about that Hornets name change? Cold never have guessed that. Man. And can you believe that MJ is spending money on his team?

Say it NASTAR. You were wrrrrrooooooonnnngggg. There was that so hard?

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 27, 2013 11:19:09 PM

Funny stuff...

...go read Whitfield's bio on the BOOBcat webpage -- hilarious!

"A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Whitfield brings a portfolio that includes the Jordan Brand, a division of Nike, Inc.; the Washington Wizards; Nike Basketball; Falk Associates Management Enterprises (F.A.M.E.); and a private law practice."

Huh? ..."a portfolio"...huh?!?

"Whitfield established and managed a successful law practice in Greensboro."

What was the name of it? Where? When? Who did he manage? If it was "successful" why did he leave?

Tell it...!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 27, 2013 11:22:52 PM

Thomas, explain how a Fred Sanford reference is racist...

...you can't, can you?

SeaTicSlurp, keep fooling yourself, suits me. You're a liar.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 27, 2013 11:58:54 PM


Fred Sanford is a figure built around black stereotypes. Someone like you would clearly not understand. I guess he was the first thing to come to mind when looking at a picture of Mr. Whitfield doing charity work in a T-shirt. Now listing his accomplishments somehow makes your Sanford comments more reasonable? It was racist when the president was depicted as Sanford and it is racist Now. Am I sensitive to racist stereotypes? Yes I am. Racism is a horrible plague on our society still. but it is people like you who do not even understand how they perpetuate racism that helps it grow the most. You are a disgusting and despicable person.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 28, 2013 8:52:08 AM

I am thoroughly enjoying the "Cho Era" of the Bobcats/Hornets. He has not been there long, but he has completely changed how they operate. Never sure how these moves will turn out, but I can definitely see the reasoning behind them. That is a nice change. Hopefully they stay the course. Zeller was a good pick. They bet on potential the last couple of times, now it looks like they have a fairly polished player. I am defintsly more intersted than I have been in the past.

Posted by: Ron | Jul 28, 2013 9:47:30 AM

Yes! Glad to have Hendo for a couple more years. Playoffs next year? After the top 6 in the east the last two spots are up for grabs.

Miami
Chicago
Indiana
Brooklyn
New York
Cleveland

This team has an opportunity to get the 7 or 8 spot in the east. Get your popcorn ready!

Posted by: nucat | Jul 28, 2013 11:22:38 AM

Thomas that's a complete load of BS. You should probably stay inside, not read anything, not watch TV, do nothing...this is the only way your feelings won't get hurt because you are waaaaay too sensitive. In the meantime, get yourself some anger management counseling, chump.

As for Whitty's "accomplishments", if there was ever a trumped up resume that's it!

I reiterate, even Fred G. Sanford, a junkyard operator from Watts, would know better than to show up to a nice golf facility like Ballantyne in a t-shirt!

Slurp away Thomas!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 28, 2013 12:47:14 PM

^^^^whoever you are, you are complete pond scum. You really don't see how that is racist? Why is it that EVEN Fred Sanford would know that? Love the way you try to throw in the junkyard part. You are a loser. At least the guys wearing the sheets understand what they are doing. Love to see your resume. Have to imagine how great that is. Make sure you add in the Klan rallies.

Posted by: Randy | Jul 28, 2013 4:04:29 PM

I told you the Bobcats would not make the playoffs.
Told you they would not get past the second round.
I told you they would lose in the conference finals.
Told you they would not win in the finals.
No way they will it all next year.

There. That should cover the next 5 years for that fool.

Posted by: NASTAR Early Warning System | Jul 28, 2013 6:16:04 PM

Hey. Let me help.

I must be getting to you guys.
You are all a bunch of slurpers.
Shorty will be in the Italian league next year.
They will never amnesty Thomas, MJ is to cheap.
Henderson will probably go to a contender. No wait, he signed with the Bobcats, so no contender must be interested.
No One wants to play for the Boobcats...wait they signed Jefferson? What? I mean.....
They will never change there name to the Hornets.

That should cover it.....

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 28, 2013 6:25:57 PM

That's hilarious! Not surprising for a bunch of slurping morons with no ability to think critically.

Does anyone really believe the BOB's will win a playoff series in the next 5 years?!? Surely ye jest...

It does look doubtful that any "contender" expressed any interest in Hendo, doesn't it?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 28, 2013 7:28:04 PM

http://deadspin.com/former-mtv-vj-says-michael-jordan-tried-to-win-her-virg-647195397

Air Minimum making us proud, again. Incident took place right in the heart of his marriage. Fred G. Sanford would never stand for that nonsense class guy that he was.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 28, 2013 8:26:18 PM

Nastar does care because if he didn't this area would be blank........nothing.....here's where I do agree with him without adding boobcats or air minimumness...as a fan base we must demand more from the product on the court....its not very good right now but I'm not saying don't support it...we're all fans of the bobcats yess even you nastar.....

Posted by: mfreeze3152 | Jul 28, 2013 10:14:41 PM

The kid averaged 19 pts after the break . 24 pts over 23 games . He's a top five sg defender . He will walk in two yrs bc the Cats suck at pt gd . Kemba is well below the league average in assists at the rim . Bc he throws no lobs , alley oops and never hits the roller . He throws no passese on the break either . His defense is horrible . At the USA BB. , he looked terrible and did no facilitating . The other pt gds did . Sessions must pass first or Henderson walks in two yrs . Get a tru pt gd that can defend . All the team suffers . He turned down 7 m to get out and a long term deal . The Pacers want him desperately . Bird is a good Gm and knows talent .

Posted by: Iron man | Jul 28, 2013 11:12:32 PM

Don't have to worry about any NASTAR stories coming out. has never done anything worth writing about or he would not waste his time slamming the Cats and Jordan

Posted by: Jim | Jul 29, 2013 11:53:23 AM

Was hoping they could move Hendo and get someone who can shoot. Also, the guy seems to spend a lot of time on the injured/not available list.
Larry Brown must have seen something in that he did not try to develop the guy.
Seems we have him for two more years until he can move on now.

Posted by: BD | Jul 29, 2013 12:08:59 PM

I love these little cat fights on anonymous blogs. All these comments are worthless when someone won't put there name on them. If these people actually believed what they said, the would not be anonymous. That is what makes an internet trolls a trolls.

Posted by: SH | Jul 29, 2013 12:14:32 PM

Found a non-Charlotte source commenting on this:

http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/26/report-gerald-henderson-bobcats-near-three-year-deal/

Which confirms what most of us thought -- Charlotte's getting a reasonably good deal, and it makes sense for Henderson because he's comfortable with the roster and will be allowed to continue to develop.

I'm guessing 10th in the Eastern Conf next year. (On another note, why does the NBA bother to have divisions anyway? Does anyone pay attention? Just make two conferences and be done with it.)

Posted by: MTBinDurham | Jul 29, 2013 12:15:19 PM

And NASTAR -- yes, I think the Hornets will win a playoff series in three to five years. Whether we progress further depends on whether we hit the jackpot in next year's lottery or not, but unless something goes horribly wrong in the next few years, this is a team with a decent playoff window about to open.

Get yer head outta yer backside...

Posted by: MTBinDurham | Jul 29, 2013 12:18:21 PM

kemba's still only 2 years in though. He made such a big improvement last year that he's earned at least the 2 more years to see what he has. if not, we draft a point next summer or the following or trade for one. but I think he'll be fine.

He'll never be a top 10 pg with the likes of westbrook/hill/rose/rondo/rubio/lawson/curry/ maybe damian lillard/maybe jrue holiday/maybe eric bledsoe <<< all likely to be better for the next 10 years. and you have paul/williams/parker types better for the next few years.

but he easily falls into the top part of the next category of the brandon jennings/teague/wall/knight/conley types


we have 6 guys that should all peak AT LEAST in the top 15 at each position. as long as one of those guys hits top 3-5 status, and a second guy gets close to that.....we can contend with depth. guys like zeller/biz/mkg are in the top 30 at their positions at age 20. give them till they're 25. look a lot like memphis. those guys were horrible as a group 4-5 years ago. 3 straight years of 20 something wins. but they let their guys grow up.


we just have to grow up.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 29, 2013 12:19:36 PM

MTB, hope you are right. Have my doubts but I guess there is a remote possibility.

freeze, bingo, gotta demand accountability from Minimum, Yes Co. & Cho. Frankly I think the signing of Big Al was a direct result of recent fan/media pressure...

charlottean, interesting comments there on Shorty. I looked all over the place for the box score of the recent USA Basketball "Showcase"...to no avail. There is a link for it on the USA Basketball website, but no box score.

Other NBA franchises had some details on their players (Irving, Lilliard) but I've seen nothing about how our boy played. Anyone have that info?

Bonnell?

charlottean, you better watch out, call Shorty's future into question and the slurpers are liable to tar and feather you!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 12:42:02 PM

MTB, just read that article, it's not a good one.

Take this passage: "...mostly because teams rightfully thought the Bobcats would match any reasonable offer."

That's nonsense. Making an offer is free. If the other teams REALLY believed the BOB's would match and Hendo would re-sign, they would have made Hendo a nice healthy offer and made the BOB's pay up at least a little bit.

What they were really afraid of is that the BOB's wouldn't match and they'd be stuck with a bad deal/contract.

Goes to the question which has been asked several times, but not answered...

...what does this deal say about how the rest of the league views Hendo as an "asset"?

(despise that term but I know the slurpers like it, so there you go)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 12:51:08 PM

I am sure you tell your friends you are color blind. Sure sign of a racist.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 29, 2013 2:10:38 PM

Thomas, do you feel you've been discriminated against in the past? Taken advantage of? Please tell us about it...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 2:28:32 PM

NASTAR

Just to correct part of your statement below...an offer sheet is NOT FREE, for a team. Just like a team owning the rights to an UFA, if a team extends an offer that is accepted, they put a hold on their cap for the amount of their offer sheet and are restricted by it for at least three days. And I'm not sure if you are aware, but three days is still alot of time during an NBA summer, (it used to be 7 days prior to the new CBA). Extending an offer sheet for a player restricted by a team with enough cap space (Henderson, Jennings, Teague, Pekovic), is almost useless unless you are willing to severely overpay. That only works if the team restricting the guy is over the Salaray Cap (example, New York and Chicago with Lin and Asik).

Why do you think that no team has made an offer for neither Jennings or Pekovic. Every team out there knew that the Bobcats would match any offers to Henderson in the $6M-$8M range (2-3 Years). They also knew, as we all know that Henderson is not worth more than that (at least not yet).

Same reason why Jennings and Pekovic have not been signed. No one will offer Jennings a $10M/Year contract, because he is not worth it. However, if Jennings accept any offers in the $7M-$9M (3-4 Years), they know Milwaukee will match, since they already offered Jennings a $40M/4 Years deal two summers ago. And that includes the fact that teams are willing to pay a premium on PGs, in the same way they do on Centers. Same for Pekovic, no one will offer him a max contract, but every team knows Minnesota will match anything in the $10M-$13M/Year range.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 29, 2013 2:32:02 PM

sorry...I meant...."above"*

Posted by: RobC | Jul 29, 2013 2:32:56 PM

Hey Thomas, did you see the article linked above? The one about MJ playing a dice game with a woman for her virginity, WHILE he was married to another woman.

Since you're such a Paragon of Virtue, how about you render an opinion on this?

Do you feel comfortable supporting an organization run by a person with morals like this? You do realize that everything Tiger Woods knows about Vegas and hook's he learned from Air Min and the Round Mound, don't you?

Your thoughts?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 2:34:39 PM

I think this was a great deal for both the Bobcats and Henderson. Hendo is improving every single year, including his 3PT% (which still needs work, but it's his only "real" flaw.) He is a solid SG (not an All-Star), but he is well above average. Henderson also knew he still has something to prove by playing with a much better cast around him. I actually think he will have a solid season and be a 16PPG guy, with a decent 3PT% in the 35-38% and a solid defender. If he does that, the Bobcats still have at least one more season to figure out if they will trade him or extend him. If not, he will be decent off the bench for the Hornets or any other team, in a very tradeable contract.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 29, 2013 2:43:18 PM

RobC, do you really believe the BOB's would have matched for Hendo at $8 million per year?

I guarantee you Prokhorov ain't worried about some 3day cap hold, as far as he's concerned making an offer is free.

I guess it's possible that an underfinanced owner (like ours) might convince himself there's a cost associated...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 2:48:00 PM

PS..."proving something" in no way entered the equation with Hendo -- he only had one offer, ours.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 3:13:48 PM

Supporting an organization? Is that an attempt to distract from the fact that you saw a picture of a black man in a t shirt at a golf course and Fred Sanford immediately came to mind for you? One of the most sterotypical black characters in televison history.

I have not said I support the Bobcats, Mr. Whitfield or Mr. Jordan. However I do not support racism in any shape or form. Trying to twist this into another discussion is not surprising. Most racists will do anything to try to justify their bias. What Mr. Jordan may or may have not done at any point in his life has zero to do with the race issue. Unless you are saying it is the cause for your racial bias and stereotyping. Either way it is unacceptbale and you are a repugnant human being.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 29, 2013 3:18:14 PM

NASTAR

You do know that in order to "at least" make an offer, you have to be under the Salary Cap (unless is for the vereran minimum, mid-level, or bi-annual exception; or is your own FA). Basically, none of the teams that made the playoff were in position to even "make" an offer. Only teams under the cap could do it, and those teams were not going to limit their space for any length of time unless they realistically knew they had a chance at signing a player.

So to your comment....Prokorov was unable to make an offer for anything above the $3.2M of the Mini-Midlevel (Kirilenko's contract). Same thing applies to almost 18-20 other teams in the league.

Posted by: RobC | Jul 29, 2013 3:19:03 PM

and yes. I have been discriminated against so have many people I know. Something you would never ever understand. Go ahead and troll the Bobcats all you want. Who cares any way. Your racial stereotypes is what makes you a joke of the human race.

Posted by: Thomas | Jul 29, 2013 3:23:20 PM

Thomas, Fred G. Sanford, a whimsical character in one of the great sitcoms of all time...elicits this sort of reaction from you? I see what's going on here, you just hate whitey -- truth of the matter is you're the racist in the conversation. Put a sock in it loser.

Rob, I wasn't suggesting Prokhorov had any desire to make an offer for Hendo, why would he? He's already stocked to the gills!

As for the other 18-20, I'm sure at least a few of them would have tested the waters for 3 days if they really found Hendo compelling...

...therein lay the rub.


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 3:39:53 PM

UH OH, like father like son...Marcus Jordan learned from the best!

http://deadspin.com/marcus-jordan-tweets-his-dick-then-about-mistake-goes-941472919

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 3:41:54 PM

NASTAR, That's not the way Free Agency works. The Nets are too far above the cap to make an offer. The only option Prokerov had would have been a sign and trade. If a cap hold puts you over the cap and temporarily out of the bidding process for other players then that can turn out to be a "costly" mistake. And if you are correct in your assessment that no one wanted Hendo. Then that's good fortune for the Bobcats.

Posted by: nucat | Jul 29, 2013 4:00:51 PM

Do Not Feed The Troll (Nastar)


Great to have Hendo back. Should be an exciting season.

Posted by: apauldds | Jul 29, 2013 4:03:27 PM

nucat, thanks for the input, I understand.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 4:04:56 PM

Wow. NASTAR was wrong AGAIN. Thanks for pointing that out Nucat. Add that to the list. What a surprise. Has he been right about anything? If he thinks no one was interested in Henderson, there must have quite a few based on his track record. I wonder when Kemba leaves for the Italian league? Not.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 29, 2013 5:05:39 PM

anybody thinking prokhorov is the example of a great owner is severely lost.

he made it to where nets fans can't be happy with a playoff season and he spent WAYYYYY TOO MUCH for a team that has zero chance of a championship. if rondo were 100%, boston would have had just as much a shot as brooklyn does now.

you're talking sullinger/bass/olynk for lopez/blatche/evans....rondo for williams.....bradley and green for johnson.

i think ainge jumped the gun by 1 year, but did it because of the hype around next year's draft and rondo's injury.

prokhorov is paying triple what the bottom few of the league are paying and they aren't getting a top 5 team in return. they MIGHT be a 4 seed in the east again. but even that, i don't know. miami/indiana are NO QUESTION better, new york and chicago would be depending on health.

eastern conference is going to be a tank a thon and that's only going to make them look better than they actually are.

and comparing a team that plays in a market 20 times more lucrative to MJ's team isn't exactly logical either. you don't see OKC going into the tax. something like 8 teams in the tax right now. and no one near brooklyn.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 29, 2013 5:12:24 PM

Agree with applauds. Don't feed the troll. Other than one idiot, there is some relative intelligent conversation going on here. Nice to see.

Based on other salaries around the league. The Cats did a nice job getting Henderson in at that number. They held their ground and didn't over pay. A nice change considering how they have done it in the past. There were also many occassions where they were saved from themsleves with deals for Raymond and DJ for instance. Different approach and better results. Kudos to Cho and company.

Posted by: Skip | Jul 29, 2013 6:13:14 PM

Off- season report card for this team is an A-. First year I would have said that. Like the Clifford hire and the assistants he put together. Jefferson signing was probably best FA signing in their history. Really like the Zeller pick. Got their guy and he looked very good in summer league. Brought back Hendo at a good number. Also thought Mcroberts was a good signing. Never know how it plays out, but like the way the off season was approached and handled. A couple of more off seasons like this and this should be a solid team. Maybe the deepest they have ever been, second five can actually play.

Posted by: Junior | Jul 29, 2013 7:34:01 PM

New York will not be better than Brooklyn. Zero chance.

Even if one of the old timers on the Nets has injuries, the Nets will be way better than New York. And this isn't subjective, check the record at the end of the season and see.

New York is no better than it was last year, and Brooklyn is way better. They gave up guys who weren't performing and picks for guys that got their team into the playoffs last year (even if the didn't do well there). Add to Pierce and Garnett and the Jet, which was a playoff team, a group of guys who also got their team into playoffs (Lopez, Williams, Johnson) plus throw in Kirilenko who is the kind of stat stuffing hydra that can give your team whatever it needs, and you have a team that will be in the top four while pushing the Knicks into the bottom four where they won't even have a chance of winning the first round in the playoffs because they will either match up with the Heat, Chicago, Brooklyn, or Indiana in the first round while fighting an uphill battle on the road with an aging Artest as their only hope for true grit.

Never going to happen. And how can they get in top four when they don't have the depth of the other teams to go 82 games?

Add to that the possibility Carmelo leaves, and the Nets are going to be THE team in NYC for the next few unless Lebron signs with the Knicks. Which seems pretty unlikely at this point given cap.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 29, 2013 8:56:54 PM

Nets will be much better without Wallace. He was the weak link last year. teams stopped guarding him down the stretch. Could you imagine if they had that guy at 10 million per for 3 more seasons?

Posted by: Junior | Jul 29, 2013 10:40:52 PM

Jeff nails it.

charlottean, you said "he made it to where nets fans can't be happy with a playoff season"...were you taking about Air Min?

He did say a first round loss is no good, right? Not to be enjoyed, not good enough...right?

In 5, 10, 15 years time...take your choice, Nets fans will have a lot more in the way of positive results to reflect on than BOB's fans, that's the bottom line.

Don't forget that Prokhorov and MJ bought their teams at the same time -- but the kicker is His Minimumness has had control of this one for 7 years now! (and we are nowhere)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 29, 2013 11:34:44 PM

Luxury Tax vs. NBA Championships...9 of last 10 NBA Champions have been subject to a luxury tax.

The last team to win an NBA title, and not pay a luxury tax, was the 2006 Miami Heat.

2013 = Heat = $13.3mm LxTax
2012 = Heat = $6.1mm LT
2011 = Mav's = $18.9mm LT
2010 = Lakers = $21.4mm LT
2009 = Lakers = $7.2mm LT
2008 = Celtics = $8.2mm LT
2007 = Spurs = $196k LT
2006 = Heat = $0 LT
2005 = no luxury tax league wide
2004 = Detroit = $756k LT
2003 = Spurs = $187k LT

You can whine all you want about about the economics of different markets but what it really comes down to is the BILLIONAIRE owners who are willing to fork over SERIOUS coin are the ones who get the championships.

Heck, Miami is a terrible market for pro sports. Sure, they'll come out for a big-time winner like the current Heat team but other than that Miami pro teams put up some of the worst attendance figures in sports.

JFTR, Mark Cuban's run of 9 consecutive playoff appearances, 2 Finals appearances, and an NBA Championship...cost him $150,530,433.

EXTREMELY expensive but dangit he got himself one! (and if another $50mm was what is was gonna take to get it done Cuban wouldn't have blinked)

This is reality people, let it sink in...

(credit to Mark Deeks at ShamSports for the facts/figures)

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 1:32:05 AM

NOTE: the $150mm figure for Cuban was in luxury tax payments alone, regular salaries over and above that.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 1:34:27 AM

One more little tidbit for you slurpers...

Since the '02/'03 season only 6 teams have never paid a dime in luxury tax:

BOB's
Warriors
Clip's
Hornets
Thunder
Wizards

The Thunder are the only team to win more than one playoff round in a season...

...they are the exception, not the rule.

Remember, Air Min promised that if we were patient he would get together a team that went deep into the playoffs on a regular basis -- hold him to it.

HINT: if he doesn't turn on a firehose of cash it ain't gonna happen.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 2:01:43 AM

Nothing?

Air Min ain't gonna re-invent the wheel here. NBA Champ's all have very specific characteristics and until our franchise starts embodying them we will not be a contender.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 10:38:20 AM

NASTAR...

First of all, did you just looked at the cities you listed as winning NBA Titles...let me see:

Los Angeles, Miami, Dallas, Boston, Detroit and San Antonio.

Contrary to your assessment, MIAMI is a HUGE Pro-Sport Market. They may not have a "sell-out" in every season, but even when they were loosing, they were above average in attendance in almost all sports. Also, they have great network deals and sponsors because of all the hype for the city of Miami and the lack of state tax.

San Antonio might be the closest thing to a small-market and it still pretty decent (also no state tax). They were less than $200K over the tax (according to your figures), which is eauql to nothing in the Pro-Sports industry. I can assure you that if MJ can build a contender (or Top 4 Seed) by paying less than $2M in LTax, he will do so. That is what small market teams are trying to do (ie. OKC, IND, GSW, MEM, CLE, DEN, etc.).

Also, keep in mind that all those teams you mentioned, worked under the old rules of the Luxury Tax. I can guarantee you (mark my words), that if the Nets don't win a Championship in the next two season (or at least the NBA Finals), not even Prohkorov, will continue to pay a $75M-$85M annual tax bill. This (2013-2014) is the first season where teams will face the new/harsher Luxury Tax implications. If you have read any NBA news, you could easily see that NBA owners (even those in huge markets) are reconsidering their strategy of "buying" NBA Titles and watching very closely their approach on managing the Salary Cap. Contract are way lower (even max-contract) and shorter (normally 2-3 years). Even a max-contract is only 5 Years, all due to the new CBA, that is actually starting to level the plain filed (even if little-by-little).

These are all business people, and they know that just because you can afford it, doesn't mean you have to spend it. No team in the NBA can afford a $50M-$80M annual Tax bill for more than 2-3 seasons (at best), not even the really big markets. Look at Chicago being very careful with their cap, Dalas is another former big spender that has been very careful the last 2 summers, even the Lakers are chaping their roster to manage it better for the future. New York is another team that will implode and reload in the next 2 seasons, and you can add Brooklyn and MIAMI to that list in two seasons, unless they win it all (and still).

Posted by: RobC | Jul 30, 2013 11:08:13 AM

why would i be talking about jordan when referring to nets fans?


the nets have the most ridiculous payroll probably in league history for a team that has ZERO chance at a title. it's not even like the yankees where they've come up short paying a lot of money. those yankee teams had a legit chance every year and basically every few years DID win one.

prokhorov made it so that his fanbase will be disappointed if they lose in the 2nd round or conference finals. he basically promised a title and overpaid to get a team that doesn't stand a chance.

MJ should NOT be looking at THAT.


if we get in a position where in 2-4 years we have a 70 million+ payroll and we're a few pieces away from real contention and dude doesn't splurge......then you will have been right. I just don't see any indication that will happen.

he dismantled a team that stood NO CHANCE at a title. why pay taxes for a team that MIGHT sniff the second round but by no means would ever sniff the conference finals let alone the finals let alone a title? why do it? that would be idiotic both for the owner and the fans.

the rebuild has been painful, but it also has eaten up lebron's prime. we'll start competing at the point where he starts aging out. I will be extremely surprised if he doesn't open up the wallet. he didn't HAVE to bring in jefferson right now. that was completely superfluous. to the point where i think it was dumb, but it WAS money spent that didn't have to be.


it's not like we're even bottom 5 in payroll, and we still have several roster spots to fill out. most of these years we've been middle of the pack in payroll. we aren't even middle of the pack market size. you cannot in your right mind expect jordan to justify spending 100 million on payroll year in and year out the way the lakers can. the way houston or toronto or new york can. the way chicago can.

completely unreasonable assessment.

if the nets had just pulled off the kind of move houston just did, and it cost them the major money to do so.......prokhorov would be a god. but houston has a better chance at a title this year for a fraction of the cost. they aren't even in the tax.


if daryl morey and sam presti and rc buford aren't in the tax, NOBODY needs to be in the tax. miami is in the tax unnecessarily. they could replace bosh with kenneth faried or luis scola or tyler hansbrough or j.j. hickson or nene or whoever and STILL win championships. might even get better with a role player who rebounds, defends and runs the floor better.

you should be applauding his current level of discipline (sort of) and instead you're acting like he should be doing what prokhorov is doing? no thanks.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 30, 2013 11:28:13 AM

December 22, 2012|By Craig Davis, Sun Sentinel

Announced paid attendance for the Dolphins' victory over the Jaguars was 53,667. They are playing to 76.9-percent capacity going into Sunday's home finale, last in the NFL by a wide margin.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 4:35:31 PM

The Miami Marlins' Attendance Problem Is Even Worse Than They Are Willing To Admit -- Cork Gaines -- Apr. 11, 2013, 1:49 PM

In just the second season in their new publicly-funded state-of-the-art stadium, the Marlins are struggling to sell tickets. And based on images during the game, their actual attendance problem might be much worse.

Last night was just the third game of the season, and the Marlins announced the attendance at 13,810. Of course, that number reflects the number of tickets distributed and not necessarily the number of people that show up. And while the season-ticket sales dropped from 12,000 in the ballpark's first season to approximately 5,000 this year, it looks like even many of those people are not showing up.

This view down the left field line in the second inning suggests a crowd much smaller than 13,000...

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/marlins-attendance-problem-is-even-worse-than-they-are-willing-to-admit-2013-4#ixzz2aYzuQQiM

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 4:41:18 PM

Dolphins dead last in NFL attendance.

Marlins dead last in MLB attendance.

You were saying?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 4:42:19 PM

The Spurs paid $$8.8 million in luxury tax in 2010.

Combine '07+'08+'10, Denver paid over $21 million in luxury tax.

'08+'09+'10, Cleveland paid over $43 million in luxury tax. Dan Gilbert ($3.5 billion) will pay it again.

OKC is going backward. Should have paid up for Harden, will regret that forever. Problem is Clay Bennett ($400 million) can't afford it.

GSW never won anything.

Why would you say Prokhorov won't continue to spend massive sums on the luxury tax? I bet he will. Depending on where you look his net worth is $13-18 BILLION. He could spend an extra $100 million a year on the Nets for a decade and it wouldn't even remotely dent his cash stash!

Brooklyn's chances of winning a title are well above zero. Now the Bob's there's a zero.

Also, stop blathering about the Nets having some sort of built in advantage because of the market -- according to the most recent Forbes data the Nets revenues were LOWER than the BOB's! ($84mm vs. $93)

As a fan your concern should be wins and losses, not the fiscal responsibility of the owner. Now fiscal firepower, that is something to be concerned about...

...Prokhorov has a GIANT WATER CANNON, Air Min has a tiny little squirt gun.

You think Min will find a place in the Bob's to put his son Marcus to work? He of twitter fame...LOL.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 5:15:02 PM

The Bobcats are beating the Nets in revenue? That is very encouraging. Amazing that MJ could get that turned around so quickly. That is an incredible sign for the future of the franchise. Kudos to MJ. Now that he is making solid decisons on the basketball side, they should be in great shape. YESSSSSS!!!!!!

Posted by: Skip | Jul 30, 2013 6:25:13 PM

Skip, bad news is they rank 2nd (Nets) and 3rd (BOB's) in money lost for the year. The guy with the giant water cannon can afford it...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 6:41:58 PM

What a waste of space here. Does anyone realize there is a new CBA in place? The tax gets more aggressive every year and teams are already dialing back. Investments during the last CBA don't apply at all. That is why there is only one team pushing the envelope. I can't believe how little people actually understand. This is the first year of a much more drastic tax and it is already having an effect. There is one outlier. The Bobcats have actually put themselves in a great position and can absolutely be competitive without going over the cap moving forward. Welcome to the new NBA.

Posted by: BBall Expert | Jul 30, 2013 7:31:16 PM

Not sure where people get their info from, but the Nets built a new arena and moved to Brooklyn. No way revenues are lower than the Bobcats. Maybe their last year in Jersey that could be accurate, but not now. To say there is no advantage to playing in New York is a ridiculous statement. Of course there is an advantage, but as other markets have proven it is an advantage that can be overcome. When is the last time the Knicks or Nets won anything?

Posted by: Fast Freddy | Jul 30, 2013 8:33:52 PM

Thanks MJ. for bringing back the Hornets name. Great great move. A new era of Hornets basketball in another year and I can't wait. They are starting to put together a decent team. Perfect timing. I would like to thank MJ for buying the team and bringing back the name. You are obviously committed to Charlotte. Thanks for listening. I hope for nothing but he best for you and the team.

Posted by: Hornet Patrol | Jul 30, 2013 9:34:34 PM

Charlottean is right that the Nets have a ridiculous payroll. He's also almost right that they have a zero percent chance of winning a championship. I might upgrade that to 5 percent.

But they have a super wealthy owner, which is an unfair comparison to every other team, and he's doing something very savvy right now. It doesn't mater if he wins a championship. What matters is that the Nets become more relevant than the Knicks. The potential value of a New York team is enormous because of market size but also because of brand potential. By pumping money in now and changing the Nets culture, he has a chance of building a major brand that can be exported to (you guessed it) Russia. Really it's a unique case.

For the rest of the teams you risk paying luxury tax, if you can, only when you are ready to compete for a title, which builds your brand locally. In the meantime it's a game of speculation. No one knew how good Hibbert, Paul George, or Stephenson would be. These guys weren't even picked in the top 9 in their drafts.

So what we're doing makes perfect sense. Collecting picks, taking guys on upside, and betting a few will pan out while we preserve cap space and wait until things are ripe.

When the time comes, we'll surround our remaining core with the right veteran just like the Pacers did with West and Hill, then that will be our time.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 30, 2013 10:26:44 PM

Speaking of unexpected upside, Taylor is the guy.

Given the current state of SG's in this league, I think Taylor has potential to be in the top 5 if given the minutes.

As much as I like Klay Thompson, I think Taylor has more potential at the position when you factor in both sides of the ball. He plays great defense, has athleticism, and has the stroke from three point range. Guys like Wade and Allen and Kobe are on their way out. McLemore, one dimensional, is not going to be better than Taylor. Curry plays pg, Joe Johnson was always overrated, and next year's draft has a bunch of SF's.

Taylor is the guy. Top 5 SG by next season.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 30, 2013 10:35:07 PM

The Nets did not build the new Brooklyn arena at Atlantic Yards. A developer named Bruce Ratner conceived the idea and put it in motion, buying the Nets was just part of the strategy for getting it pushed through.

In Ratner's plan the Nets would represent an anchor tenant and Ratner believed the publicity surrounding major league pro sports coming back to Brooklyn would help him overcome neighborhood pushback and prevail in the political/regulatory battle -- so he bought the team in 2004.

In fact, the arena development deal almost failed several times and as early as '06/'07 timeframe Ratner explored selling the team in order to raise cash to keep the arena development deal alive -- that sale would not have included any equity in the arena deal.

Ultimately in 2009 Ratner sold a majority stake in the Nets to Mr. Prokhorov and at the same time Prokhorov pointed his GIANT CANNON OF CASH at the arena deal and got himself a part of that too.

To suggest that the "Nets built a new arena and moved to Brooklyn" is absurd. In fact, the Nets have been a steady money loser for many many years (just like the BOB's) and were merely window dressing for this massive Atlantic Yards real estate development.

JFTR, it's an incredible arena, check it out if you get a chance.

Nets and BOB's revenues here: http://www.forbes.com/nba-valuations/list/

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 10:49:46 PM

JFTR, for you slurpers that think NBA team valuations only go up, poke around and educate yourself on what's going on with Jay-Z.

In 2003 Hova paid $1 million for a small stake in the Nets. Currently he is in the process of selling that stake due to his recent foray into the athlete agency/management business, this precludes him from being an NBA investor.

Word on the street is he is only going to get $350,000 for the stake he paid $1 million for 10 years ago.

How could this happen you slurpers ask? Well, year-in year-out (like the BOB's) the Nets lost money. Every year minority owners have two choices, (i) pony up some cash to help cover their % of the losses, or get their % of ownership stake diluted.

Mr. Carter chose the latter. Be interesting to know how BOBcat minority partners have addressed this issue the last 5-6 years when those pesky capital calls came their way...

PS: minority owners of the KitKats have never faced that problem, in fact they get healthy checks pretty much every year. Ol' Boones Farm Jer' hasn't done much for the fans (4 winning seasons in 18)but he sure has looked after his partners!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 30, 2013 11:05:22 PM

Not sure if anyone noticed what the Kings sold for. Where were they on the Forbes 2 years ago? They were at 293 million and sold 525. My how things have changed. The value of NBA teams is in the rise again in a big way. Another reflection of the new CBA. Great time to be an NBA owner. Team values are going up and a more competitive league is being established. Welcome to the new NBA.

Posted by: BBall Expert | Jul 31, 2013 6:49:24 AM

i don't know where you get your info from.....

pull up brooklyn's local tv deal, local radio deal, ticket prices, capacity + attendance %, and compare with charlotte. the ONLY thing charlotte has going in it's direction revenue wise is the luxury tax payout to non-luxury tax teams.

those 9 dollar club level beers go for 20 in brooklyn.


hov didn't pay for that "million dollar stake" they gave that to him in a multifaceted endorsement deal. he DID put money into the development side, and is still keeping that. the fraction % of the team was icing.

and you are comparing playoff teams payrolls to a rebuilding team. I don't think jordan will ever be mark cuban with it, but he's not exactly donald sterling (of old) either. the guy is a gambler. when he thinks he can win, he'll bet his money on it. he's dumb enough to go prokhorov on a season, he's just not rich enough to do it regularly. nobody is. you're complaining that the braves don't spend what the yankees do. we aren't talking tampa or KC or pittsburgh. we're talking braves vs yankees.


jeff taylor is solid, but top 5 SG in the next year is preposterous. harden, beal, gordon, evans, waiters, stephenson, henderson, thompson, ross, shumpert are the young class + you have the mclemore/caldwell-pope/hardaway jr. draft class + the old guys wade, kobe, allen, ginobli, martin, you have a j.r. smith, sefalosha, etc.

henderson is about 12-15th best and taylor might be henderson. he has a LONG way to go to be top 5, top 5 is all-star.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 31, 2013 8:17:10 AM

Looks like the Bobs will get Detroit's pick next year since they have made some improvements. Want to write a piece on that Bonnell?

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Jul 31, 2013 8:31:15 AM

NASTAR is wrong AGAIN. No surprise. The Nets in their new arena did huge revenue numbers last year. Profit? That might be different story based on payroll. But NASTAR may not know the difference.

What are we up to now? 10 things he was already wrong about and the season has not even started. Anyone see where Tyrus has landed? Maybe he is not on the open market yet. NASTAR said MJ was too cheap to amnesty Tyrus so he must still be on the team. Unless NASTAR was wrong. By the way, what Italian league team is Kemba on? I want to follow him this year. Also, any news on whether the Bobcats will change to the Hornets? NASTAR said MJ can't afford it so it must not be happening. Also, it looks like NASATAR is operating off the old CBA. Did they revert back to it?

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder 2 | Jul 31, 2013 9:04:09 AM

Taylor is better than Henderson right now. Why do you think Henderson finally agreed on that contract? He was wise enough to realize Taylor was on the verge of a breakthrough season, which gave the Cats tremendous bargaining power.

What I respect about Henderson is that he was a gentleman mentoring Taylor. He conceded that once Taylor got his confidence his athleticism was going to take over.

Simply put there isn't one thing Henderson can do better than Taylor. Taylor has all the same athleticism going to the basket and attacking the baseline as Henderson, but because of superior outside shooting, guys have to play off Taylor which will allow him, once confident, to more easily display that athleticism.

The team also asked Taylor to display some improved offensive moves this summer, and he worked the classic Henderson short jumper turnaround to perfection. He also defends as good or better than Henderson with superior height, which also helps him get his shot off. And his outside shooting projects to be way better. Henderson shot 20% from three in his rookie year compared to 34% for Taylor.

How exactly is Henderson better?

Assuming Kobe, Wade, Allen all fall off in production, there is only one guy on that list Taylor can't catch by next season: Harden. Sure he won't catch them all, law of probability, but he will end up in top the 5 by next season.

He's going to average 20 points a game by then, but what will make him unique is that he'll do it taking only 15 shots a game while playing great defense.

Efficiency wins games.

Unless you subscribe to the Ellis school of basketball, Taylor will be regarded as one of the best in the league.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 31, 2013 12:51:42 PM

correction

*because of superior outside shooting, guys [can't] play off Taylor...

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 31, 2013 1:42:28 PM

Your dreaming, beers don't go for $20 in Brooklyn, heck they are only $12 in the Delta SkyLounge at The Garden! (PS...it ain't in the sky, and only accessible to those with VIP seats)

Did you know tickets for the first 15 rows or so at Nets games include all the food you can eat? Either from a special buffet or any snack bar, your choice. JFTR, the buffet is spectacular!

Revenue numbers right here, read 'em and weep: http://www.forbes.com/nba-valuations/list/

As for "nobody" being rich enough to "regularly" pay luxury taxes -- Cuban paid over $18 million on average for 7 straight years. Plenty of NBA owners are rich enough and you watch, they will.

SeasTickSlurp, keep on slurping loser, Air Min needs your dollars. Only a moron would pay 4X for something he could buy for 1X...

...that's you.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jul 31, 2013 7:42:06 PM

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