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March 13, 2014

A look ahead: The Bobcats should start figuring out how to keep Josh McRoberts around

Roughly this time each NBA season – two-thirds of the way through – I remind myself to look at the Charlotte Bobcats’ player salaries to see if anyone is vastly under- or overpaid.

            Ben Gordon is gone, so that’s more a “How much did you pay for a future first-round pick?” issue. The more interesting situation going forward is starting power forward Josh McRoberts.

            Boy, is he underpaid.

McRoberts makes slightly more than $2.6 million this season. That makes him the eighth-highest paid player on this team. He is the third-best player on this team behind Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. Some perspective:

It’s not rookie Cody Zeller’s fault he makes $3.8 million. That’s the system, and if the Bobcats drafted Zeller fourth overall, he should make that much. But if you’ve watched the last 60-some games, two things would strike you about McRoberts and his backup, Zeller.

One, McRoberts is a lot better than Zeller. Two, that isn’t going to change at the start of training camp in October or anytime in the foreseeable future.

Again, not Zeller’s fault. He has potential for the same reason the Bobcats like McRoberts in this time in basketball when a power forward’s skill set should include the ability to make 3s, pass and dribble.

The Bobcats signed McRoberts to a two-season contract. This and next season is guaranteed, but McRoberts can opt-out after this season and hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent.

This was a very cost-effective move by the Bobcats. But even before the team played its first regular-season game, owner Michael Jordan acknowledged to me the prospect of McRoberts opting out was worrisome.

They want him back. As Jordan put it so well, McRoberts is the Bobcats’ “connect-the-dots” guy because of his sophisticated passing.

I’ve no idea how this will work out in July. Here’s how it should work out:

The Bobcats should make a fair, but preemptive, offer that keeps McRoberts around. I think Josh gets it he’s valued here, and he should want to keep playing for Steve Clifford.

After so many misadventures at upgrading the talent – Adam Morrison, Gana Diop, Tyrus Thomas – shouldn’t you retain somebody who’s been about as cost-effective as any player in franchise history?

Posted by Observer Sports on March 13, 2014 at 07:01 PM | Permalink

Comments

mcroberts IS NOT better than zeller. that is so insanely laughable. more experienced, yes....more talented? not even close.

right so.....the same place that booed boris diaw, wants to extend the poor man's version of him.

mcroberts at an appropriate price is PERFECT for a nice bench role behind zeller. but there is NO REASON to give him a long term deal and the only reason to give him a large number for next year is if the market dries up and we have a ton of cap room to spend.


if anything, his position is the one that needs the most upgrading. he's nowhere near a top 15 4 man in the league. he might not even be top 30. i'll go ahead and throw a list out....


davis
love
griffin
aldridge
boozer
gibson
randolph
west
p. gasol
anderson
ibaka
dirk
milsapp
lee
young
monroe
faried
duncan

that's 18 that aren't even debatable and then there's a slew of debates with guys like ilysova or morris or morris or t. thompson or j. thompson or johnson or bass, aaaaand the guys coming in like randle, warren, gordon, etc.

so we're worried about keeping that dude.........on the day we pay steve smith 9 million dollars to go play for the ________s (probably broncos)???

write something else bonnell.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2014 7:35:40 PM

I agree with Rick. The Bobcats area better team with McRoberts on the Court. Right now he's a bargain. Right now, he's better than Zeller.

Posted by: Bankei | Mar 13, 2014 8:09:04 PM

Anyone who doesn't think that McRoberts is better than Zeller clearly doesn't watch the Cats on a regular basis. McRoberts has been an awesome Pickup who brings it on a regular basis. He can shoot, dunk, and don't get me started on his vision and passing!!! We should absolutely offer him A better deal to keep him in Charlotte. As for all those other players, granted many might be better options but would be twice the price and not twice as good!!!! Keeping McRoberts is a no brainer.

Posted by: M C | Mar 13, 2014 8:31:36 PM

@charlottean....what games have you been watching this year? McRoberts has been outstanding and way better than Zeller and many of those on your list. And I'm a Carolina guy, but I have to give credit where credit is due. McRoberts is a lot better now than he was at Duke. He was a diamond in the rough and we were very lucky to find him.

Posted by: martymcflyy85 | Mar 13, 2014 8:33:31 PM

Wait until Charlottean starts in with Biz needing more of ALS minutes.

Don't think Rickbwas saying over pay for anything, think he was saying reward him.

And as for Steve Smith,, thanks for the memories but loyalty in business especially sports is for losers especially with fixed payroll. Steve is losing a step and you can't over pay for an aging wide receiver. Remember the 49 ers gave up both Jie Montana and Jerry Rice.

Posted by: NC Tony | Mar 13, 2014 9:12:17 PM

the 49ers had steve young and terrell owens and others when they gave up on those guys. they also TRADED montana. montana was 37 the year they traded him. they got a 1st rounder in return. rice was 39 and left in free agency. they were also 6-10 the year before trading him, not 12-4. they also didn't pay those guys 9 million to go play for the raiders and chiefs.

way to compare the situation accurately. smith is 35 in may. he should have played out his contract and then either played a few years for cheap, or retire.

but you don't pay a guy 9 million to not play for you to save 5 million when that guy is your franchise guy for the past 13 years and has a history of bouncing back from down years in a major way. there was nothing logical about that move. but you don't get that tony. you're the guy that wants to fight people half your age over the internet.

and for those others that can't read good:

i didn't say zeller has been more effective this year. HE'S AN EFFING ROOKIE. you're comparing a 21 year old rookie to a 27 year old veteran.

mcroberts is marginally better RIGHT NOW. but he's not anywhere near as talented. he's peaked. in fact, he's shooting well above his career averages so he's quite possibly outperforming himself this year only to fall off a bit next year.

and zeller's numbers are all kind of bad because he's been asked to shoot shots he's never shot in his life (and yeah, he's adding that to his game also) instead of doing what he does well and building from there.

mcroberts was a 2nd round pick for a reason. zeller was a top 5 pick for a reason. the talent margin is RIDICULOUS between the 2. the effectiveness this year is only SLIGHTLY leaning to mcroberts.

but yeah.....go ahead and boo diaw (who was FAR better than mcroberts) and clamoring over mcroberts. it's the luxurious hair. i get it. you guys like jersey colors and hairdos. i like basketball.

and i like mcroberts. i'm just stating the facts. i want the guy to opt in. i don't want the guy to opt out, and get resigned to a big deal. he's not worth it at all. not even close to worth a big deal. he's a steal at 2.7. 3.5 is probably appropriate. he's not worth 5. he's no zeller. zeller could be al + defense. mcroberts is a 8.5-5-4 guy. there have only been 928 such seasons in nba history. incredible.


you guys are loving this ~.500 stuff, right?!

i mean....shame on me for having higher expectations for a 3 year rebuild with 3 top 7 picks who aren't being developed. shame on me for constantly pointing out that al jefferson has never won more than 43 games in a season and is 29 years old with quite a bit of miles on those tires now. shame on my for noticing that half of our conference is tanking and we're still struggling to beat some of them.


Posted by: charlottean | Mar 13, 2014 9:45:38 PM

Charlottean is the man !!!

Posted by: b1130 | Mar 13, 2014 9:50:16 PM

Listen up the Bobcats are moving in the right direction that's all that matters I personally think we should've kept Byron mullens and Mcbob then having the rook zeller we would've been deep.

Posted by: Rich B | Mar 13, 2014 10:16:27 PM

I agree with Charlottean

Posted by: 3rd City | Mar 13, 2014 10:18:07 PM

um steve smith is a distraction period. no way around it the dude broke ken lucas's nose one offseason. panthers are my team and i hate we had to pay smith five mil to cut him but he stinks he said it himself hes not a number one wr. i just done know who we are foing to get that is better is the only issue i see. i hope we can get nicks foe cheap. oh and zeller SUCKS. josh mcroberts is way better. for now anyways. end of story

Posted by: Zac jones | Mar 13, 2014 10:21:20 PM

At this time, Josh McRoberts is overall better than Cody Zeller. But I wouldn't say "a lot better". Next season, Josh might still be better than Cody. Might, but it's really hard to predict; Cody is in a process of gradual development, and in the '15-'16 season he should be able to tilt this balance in his favor.

They are players with different strengths.
Josh's greatest quality is being an excellent point forward. He has the court vision and passing ability that make him a real asset for creating good scoring opportunities for teammates. He had an incredible impact on the Cats' offense late last season, and he's still very important for complementing Kemba in playmaking.

For those who are not aware of this: Josh is 2nd in NBA for assists among power forwards. He has 4.1 apg, just .1 apg behind Kevin Love, and .5 above the third best passing PF, Blake Griffin.

One more advantage Josh has over Cody is in the 3 point shooting. At 37% for 3 pointers, Josh is 10th among PFs.
So, he helps the team not just with his passing, but also by being a "stretch 4".

In these categories, not much to write home about Cody: 1.2 apg, and no 3 pointers.

But, there is the flip side of the coin too.
Josh is not much of a scorer, and the rookie is already outdoing him in this regard.
Cody's 5.5ppg are 11.7 points/36 minutes.
Josh's 8.5 ppg are 10.1 points/36 minutes.

For rebounding, Cody's advantage is even bigger.
Cody gets 4.2 rpg, which is 9 rebounds/36 minutes.
Josh gets 4.9 rpg, which is just 5.9 rebounds/36 minutes.

In conclusion: Josh is a great asset to the team for his ability to facilitate the offense for teammates (including by "stretching the floor"). However, a PF with his limited scoring and especially rebounding abilities should be a back-up in a good team - which hopefully the Hornets will be.

Maybe Josh should be the starter next season too, but after that, Cody should be able to start at PF, with Josh still being an asset as a back-up. Making him "a fair, but preemptive, offer that keeps McRoberts around", as Rick put it, makes perfect sense.
It's a proposition I can easily agree with, without underestimating Cody Zeller and his high potential.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 13, 2014 10:29:45 PM

Call it what you want . Steve Smith is past his prime. I never understood the love for a guy who beat up his own team mate ... Get over it. This is the NFL ( not for long) he had his run. He's probably more of a pain in the ass primma Donna then you get to see. Good years after bad years?? So next year at 35 he'll be good.

My point was every team has to give up trade give away to FA their aging stars at some point. Smith is prob the only real star panthers have had in their history.. If it's not this year it's next year. Get over it.

Charlottean your just an obnoxious guy who loves to hear himself type and blog.

Im not loving .500 I'm loving the improvement. Biyombo is a bust pick at 7 you got to realize that by now. More playing time won't improve him. Zeller is playing just the right amount right now. Progress is being made, while you will say he's just getting back to summer league level.. ) who did he play against then common....).

McRoberts deserves his due. No one is saying Zeller won't improve it's just he doesn't need development minutes now. And you clearly under value McRoberts because of his age. Cody is getting good meaningful minutes.

You are crazy in your assessment of Al. So now you've dig deep and come up with some new garbage about how Al had never won more than 43 games. What kind of teams was Al on? Who were the other guys at the time?

And clearly playoff experience for these devoping stars we have - have to benefit them and this team going forward and should help attract FA --- and if things keep playing out we get Pistons 9/10 pick and the slowly dropping Blazers 20-22 pick too!!

Posted by: NC TONY | Mar 13, 2014 10:31:08 PM

Zeller will no dought get stronger and become more consistent with that shot at the top of the key. He is already learning how to get to the free throw line, so the second year jump most players expierence seems likely . I feel confident in saying he will out perform McBob within two years. Josh is important but not crucial the this teams success. Pay him what he's worth but there is no need to go crazy. He's not all that.

Posted by: JayTee | Mar 13, 2014 10:32:20 PM

Are you working for his agent rick? Please don't overpay him. He shouldn't get more than $3.5. Rick also thought Hendo was was worth $8m. At $7m, he is overpaid

Posted by: Anon | Mar 13, 2014 10:37:24 PM

If he stays great, if he leaves great, we got 2picks and cap space

Posted by: Rahshon Gamble | Mar 13, 2014 11:32:30 PM

Charlottean is brilliant!

Posted by: Charlottean | Mar 14, 2014 3:03:09 AM

Keep McRonerts? You do know that keeping all these guys gives them the same team. Look what an upgrade at the center position has done for the team. They need to improve some where to get better next year. Whether it is putting Zeller into the starting line up (which might not improve them much next year) or adding a free agent at another position, some players will not be here or minutes will be reduced. It will be interesting to see which position is upgraded the most this off season.

Posted by: Dan | Mar 14, 2014 7:30:32 AM

He is a nice fill in until Cody puts on the weight needed to play in this league. I think that will take at lest two more years, so sign him to a similar contract to the one he has now. 3.5 sounds about right. Go Cats!

Posted by: Go Cats! | Mar 14, 2014 8:28:53 AM

Agree with Charlottean. McBob shouldn't be paid anymore than he is now. If they had a PG with better court vision, he wouldn't be needed. He is fools gold as someone said. There was a reason he was buried on the bench in Orlando.

Regarding Smith and the rest of these guys leaving, this was long over due. Bravo Gettlemen for not holding attachments to players and thinking with your head. I guarantee you they are drafting 2 WR's and 2 OL's in this draft. Throw in a CB and this team is still in good position. Relax folks. This is what you wanted. A no nonsense GM who didn't overpay for guys he had an emotional attachment too who had reached their prime.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Mar 14, 2014 8:32:15 AM

If you want this team to upgrade and go forward , you must upgrade the starting defense , help defense and shot blocking out of the center or pf position . If Jefferson stays , then the upgrade must come from the pf position . McRoberts can't play or doesn't play league average on ball help or on ball defense . He's a league average or below rebounder . His passing stats are fantastic but if there's a pass first pt gd coming , these passing stats will go down . If Kemba gets better at facilitating which he is , these passing stats go down . If a passing system is developed , these passing stats go down . Look at the stretch four guys like in Houston or in Toronto at 6 ft 10 or 6 ft 9 that can do everything , play defense , post up , run the floor , shot block , pass some who are more athletic , younger and just as versatile who do not get abused on defense most nights. McRoberts is nice . But he's perfect to run the offense off the bench , not start bc the present bigs on ball and help defense is putrid . It's a constant layup line to the rim . There's zero shot blocking from either one and neither has any ability to defend the pick and roll which is the most widely used play in the nba . In fact. The down fall , the certain down fall of the Cats in the playoffs will be the horrific inability to defend the pick and roll from the pt gd , pf and center positions . And McRoberts is the third best player on the team ? Lol. Were you paid to post that plug ?

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 14, 2014 8:48:18 AM

Charlottean - you summed it up brilliantly.

"i get it. you guys like jersey colors and hairdos. i like basketball."

Charlotte sports in a nutshell.

Posted by: RB Ron | Mar 14, 2014 9:17:13 AM

What I think is hilarious is that you think someone who plays a game and makes 2.6 MILLION dollars a year is underpaid.

Posted by: Shredder | Mar 14, 2014 9:35:41 AM

McRoberts would make a good 6th man off the bench for a good team. Look at the rosters of every team in the league and I would assume that most would agree Josh McRoberts isn't as good as the other teams PF.

He's worth about 3.5M per year based on what other similar players make.

Cho did a great job of turning Matt Carroll into Hakim Warrick into Josh McRoberts but, lets not pretend he's the lynchpin holding this team together.

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder | Mar 14, 2014 9:42:51 AM

The Bobcats have plenty of money, giving Josh another 2 year deal at 4 mill shouldnt be a big deal. Realistically Cody could pass him in the starting lineup but Josh is a valuable member of our team.

Posted by: spaceman mike | Mar 14, 2014 9:56:23 AM

Josh is miles better than Cody anyone that doesn't see that has never watch basketball . Cody is weak a poor shooter poor passer he's scared to death out there he has flashes but then he's awful again.

Posted by: Roy StClair | Mar 14, 2014 10:38:23 AM

@Charlottean. You are a funny guy. What is your last name, Zeller? I'll tell you one guy that is not on that list of yours and that is Cody Zeller. McRoberts is Michael Jordan right now compared to Zeller.

Posted by: Richard | Mar 14, 2014 11:36:16 AM

charlottean doesn't have a clue. Zeller is clearly overmatched by every player he faces. If he could shoot better, he is quick enough to play the 3, but he can't. Night in, night out he his slammed to the floor by guards, let alone, PFs and centers.

I see a lot of weight training in his future. I favored the pick, but it is clear that the guy from that Indiana team was Victor Oladipo.

McBob is a must keep.

Posted by: qdog112 | Mar 14, 2014 12:18:26 PM

Charlotte an is RIGHT! Josh is a good fit for the team but will never demand more the Bobcats will pay him. He has never been a starter before but he is an asset for us. You also know there is a lot of tanking which makes any success questionable. We have all but lost the Detroit pick but next year it wii be only # one protected. Chicago will get a good player with our pick in the Thomas trade (watch that pick). That was an terrible trade. The Gordon trade may be worse if the change the draft age. The Portland trade will give us a decent 12 the man . Maybe we should have waited a year to sign a player like Jefferson. I would have loved to have seen Wiggins and/or Parker here. Just saying.

Posted by: Glenn Eagle | Mar 14, 2014 2:53:38 PM

you guys are comparing a 27 year old to a 21 year old rookie. zeller looks like a rookie. doesn't make him less talented. he has WAY MORE potential than mcroberts.

sandy and I disagree all the time, but dude points out the biggest and most obvious point.......9 rebounds per 36 vs. 5.9 per 36. zeller has shot the ball poorly this year, but he also hasn't shot the shots that he would usually take. clifford asked him to become something he hasn't been before. he's learning that. but he wasn't drafted because of his jump shooting in college.

you guys keep talking about all the games you watch......i haven't missed a game in team history, so i'm not sure you guys are watching the same games. you guys boo diaw, but laud mcroberts. doesn't make any sense what so ever unless it's purely salary based (and i know it isn't).


as for tony.......steve smith IS past his prime. doesn't change the fact that it doesn't make any sense to pay him to play for somebody else. he's still THE MOST productive receiver we've ever had and had prior to him being released. at least be patient in trading him to get SOMETHING of value in return. at least replace him before waiving him. at least TRY to get him to take a major pay cut.

instead we're paying him 9 million over 2 years to play for an opponent. with no receivers on the roster. there's no logical argument for it.


as for the jefferson ish.......i've been saying that since it was RUMORED that we were thinking about trading for him last year or signing him this summer. if he's the franchise guy some of you think he is, he would win more games and more teams would keep him. you blamed the teams he was on, yet as bad as they were......utah was solid forever before he got there.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/UTA/

they had 1 year post stockton malone pre deron williams that was bad, drafted deron williams and the worst they did was 41-41 and won 48 or more 4 times in the years leading up to jefferson coming in. he then won 39, 36, 43.

I'm just stating facts. i know you hate that about me, it's annoying. i like facts.


the guy is an elite scorer, and a horrible defender. wall was running the layup line on him the first 3 quarters. like everybody does. he doesn't protect the rim. and you can't hide that. he doesn't defend the PnR and you can't hide that.

the guy is ELITE offensively. indisputable.

as for biz....again bust? at age 21? really? how did that label work out for augustin this year?

biz is 7th in fg%, 4th in block%, 10th in rebound%. in the league.

how is that a bust? he's a energy defensive monster. at age 21. please look up what EVERY elite nba center in the league was doing at age 21 to compare. noah and hibbert were in college. tyson chandler? biz-like numbers. dwight howard? everything comparable except for volume of points.

we went 5-4 without al at the beginning of the year with biz starting and playing big minutes.

i know you hate facts but i can't help but repeating them until you and others learn them. only reason he isn't in the all defensive team discussion is because he plays like 12mpg under clifford. I'm arguing he should play 20. would be more development for him and a fresher jefferson. how do you see that as something to argue with?

you marvel at the improvement, and my entire argument has been......the improvement is swapping out young guys for veterans. it isn't an upward trend, it's just a different team. this year's team (outside of MKG, Biz, and Zeller) are who they are. they will be that. we win 41 games with them this year, we'll win 41 with them next year until they age out. if that's the goal, mission accomplished. I was told the rebuild was to build a contender. if that's the case, jefferson won't bring that and they should have been developing the young guys more.


and to reiterate about mcroberts as this started..... better now? sure, i guess. give zeller 40 mpg and he'll look better than he's looked in 15. but ceiling? talent? overall skill? i'm going zeller every day and EVERY SINGLE NBA GM IN THE LEAGUE WOULD TOO (sorry, all but one - surely).

Mcroberts deserves to be kept, he can opt in or he can opt out, either way he should be kept at a reasonable price if possible. but dude is not the long term solution if we're trying to contend. if we want to be an 8 seed for the next 5 years........sure, go ahead and give him a 5 year deal and jefferson an extension. they will get us to an 8 seed every year probably. or close.

mcroberts is shooting 37% from 3 this year but his career average is 34% and that's including this year's splurge.

he was 31% prior to this year. remains to be seen whether this year is a hot streak or if it's the result we can expect when he's launching 2-300 3's a year (he didn't shoot many prior).

essentially half of his 3's are this year and half were all his other years combined. so 37% vs. 31%.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 14, 2014 3:54:53 PM

McRoberts being one of the better players on the team is why they are awful. He doesn't belong starting on an NBA team and the fact that he does shows why we are a joke in this league. Zeller has way more potential, but isn't as good today, but who cares, if we aren't going to win the title maybe we should be working on potential. Maybe if we spend some money and get a couple good players to go with our 2 decent ones we could actually make the Hornets change work.

Posted by: Common sense | Mar 14, 2014 4:07:25 PM

Pretty divided opinions here.

I watch every game and attend most home games. I know basketball and there's a couple of things to keep in mind:

1. McRoberts singlehandedly helped the offense flow much better when he was brought in last February at the trade deadline. We almost finished the year playing .500 basketball and NOTHING else changed except McRoberts being inserted into the starting lineup within a week or two of arriving. That was under Coach Dunlap

2. Jordan has praised McRoberts from early on regarding him "connecting the dots" and that is blatantly obvious so another check in the box on his importance to this offense

3. McRoberts has a ton of intangibles and is a decent threat from 3pt range. I don't give a hoot what his career average is because I guarantee it wasn't asked to be as large a part of his game as it has been this year. He has improved on a skill that he was asked to and he's responded.

4. McRoberts does not fear contact and doesn't get tossed on his behind and never falls awkwardly. I very much am a fan of Cody's, but he's going to get really hurt one of these days until he becomes the aggressor and finishes through people.

I won't go further into McBob's game because I think most can clearly see what he currently brings to this squad and for the RIGHT price, he should be retained.

I would offer a 3yr deal with the 3rd year at the player's option. I would offer him $13.5M for those 3 years. He deserves to be rewarded for his contribution and the kid is only 27. He's just entering his prime. He's durable and not injury prone. He's not a cancer, a loudmouth, nor selfish in the slightest.

A 3 year deal means he would start next year and be geared towards a 6th man role assuming Cody is ready to take over the reigns.

I like to reward people for their contributions and attitude, which from McRoberts have both been stellar. He is a puzzle piece, not a cornerstone.
Pay him like he is a valuable piece; not indispensable and not overlooked and certainly not underappreciated. Get this deal done before the season is over and get a bit of a discount for putting forth a solid offer as a way of saying "thank you, let's keep this going".

Posted by: Murdock | Mar 14, 2014 4:28:30 PM

Murdock. That was an excellent analysis. I really can't argue a single point. So in that case. Prepare to get peppered with moronic counter arguments that have no real basis.

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 14, 2014 5:23:00 PM

I love McRoberts. His toughness on defense is top tier & his ability to facilitate offensive ball movement and scoring is exceptional. I really hope they get this deal done and quick. His presence on the court makes everyone on the team better, and he works harder and smarter than anyone I know of.

Posted by: Tyler M. | Mar 15, 2014 3:54:52 AM

Murdock hit the nail on the head. You ever noticed how many times McBob is on NBA.com for his excellent passing? He doesn't NEED a ton of boards because he is always out there with Al. Al gobbles them up. McBob has a high basketball IQ, a threat from deep, and a high riser. Also, we don't have Ben Gordon sucking up 14mil, so why not throw some of that at McBob? You can still get another FA or 2 with the money left over.

Also, it sounds like a lot of you people want to bring in a superstar. That's not the key to building a team. Coaching and defense is what makes us a threat. It will continue to do such. Clifford is doing in one year what Larry Brown couldn't do in one year: Making us a threat to ruffle playoff feathers. Enjoy the ride folks!

Posted by: Shawn | Mar 15, 2014 7:28:43 PM

i agree with murdock as well. I would start cody next year, but play josh a lot off the bench.

3 years for 13.5, especially if it's cascading upwards (assuming there's another FA available this summer) or downward (assuming there isn't) is absolutely appropriate for the guy.

the difference going from mullens to him was absolutely blatant. he just isn't the guy that puts us over the top and shouldn't be paid like one, either. i just cannot for the life of me understand how the same people can hate boris diaw so much and turn around and love this dude. they have the same game except diaw is slightly better all around and josh dunks. its absolutely necessary to have a guy like that on the team when you don't have a big time play making pg. think lamar odom to the lakers of recent years.


the fear is the tyrus thomas syndrome. thomas was an eerily similar acquisition who brought a TON of energy and production to an anemic bench. then he got overpaid for what he was: a role player. he wasn't a bad player, but giving him 40 million was just wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy too much.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 15, 2014 9:54:16 PM

Why would Cody start next year when he's still going to be a lesser player that McRoberts? Winning is the goal, right?

Posted by: Blowme | Mar 16, 2014 12:41:40 AM

1 - he isn't the lesser player now or next year. younger, and less experienced, of course. lesser? no.
2 - get him and the other ones used to playing with each other sooner rather than later.
3 - if the idea is being more than mediocre, starting mcroberts is temporary.
4 - you don't draft guys top 5 and sit them.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 16, 2014 3:22:10 AM

What's the draft-pick cutoff for sitting a player? 7?

Posted by: PosTerize | Mar 16, 2014 7:37:57 AM

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