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Sports Illustrator
07-08-2008, 01:22 PM
You're probably as surprised as I am that Emeka Okafor turned down that $12 million-plus-per-year offer last summer. The way I hear it, Okafor was so close to accepting it he indicated to at least one teammate he would, just before the deadline for an extension. I hear the Bobcats and Okafor's representatives have had some discussions since free-agency started, but no heavy negotiations. When you're a restricted free agent, coming to an agreement often is a deliberate process.

From Charlotte Observer (http://blogs.charlotte.com/inside_the_nba/2008/07/observations-fr.html)

DerekRE_3
07-08-2008, 01:35 PM
Yeah he really should have accepted that deal. It was a great deal for him last year. More than fair.

JakeDelbreezy
07-08-2008, 02:54 PM
Sup..I'm new to the site and the forum. I'm from NC and been looking for a good place to talk Bobcats. I think Okafor made a huge mistake by no taking the deal. He's had some injuries in the past which some people forget about. Also he's pretty much maxed out as far as talent goes. It's not like we're going to see a quantum leap in his skill set in the future. Sure he may sign the one year deal and become unrestricted next year..but a lot of teams are saving most of their cap space for the big fish coming in a couple of years..i.e. Wade, Bron, Amare, Bosh etc...so he goes from looking like a good player to a B level guy compared to them...his agent should've made him sign on the dotted line..

CHief_0_o_Wahoo
07-08-2008, 03:44 PM
^Welcome.
I was pretty surprised when I heard about this too. I agree that this wasn't smart on his part he definitly passed on a fair deal.

HOZ THE KNICK
07-08-2008, 03:50 PM
trade okafor to the knicks we will give you a package around eddie curry.

Padres Son
07-08-2008, 04:04 PM
his agent should've made him sign on the dotted line..I really don't know what went on behind the scenes, but I would bet it was his agent that kept him from signing it. Typically, the player just wants to get the deal done so he can sign it and forget about it. The agent is the shark trying to get every dollar he can. Okafor is a very humble and smart dude, I seriously doubt it was his own decision to turn down the offer.

JakeDelbreezy
07-08-2008, 04:19 PM
You're right Padres Son about Okafor seeming like a humble smart guy. He doesn't seem like the money grubbing type at all. But I would hope he would have the balls to stand up to his agent if that were the case. One has to wonder if there is more to why he didn't accept the deal other than dollars and cents. Maybe he's as discouraged by the Bobcats front office as we fans are. Thinking on the humble/smart statement maybe he made a good decision. For some guys it really isn't all about the money. Maybe he decided he would wait a year or two and see where the Bobcats were headed before commiting long term. Truth be told MJ and Bob Johnson don't make it all that enticing to someone who would want to commit long term...having said all of that, it's easy for a "middle class worker" as myself to jump all over Okafor for not taking the money then turn around as "a fan" and bash a guy for only taking the money...I guess it's just the way fandom goes..

DerekRE_3
07-08-2008, 04:42 PM
It's usually the agent that keeps a player from signing with a team. It's unfortunate that agents do that to players. It happened two years ago with Bonzi Wells. He rejected a 5 year $38 million contract from the Kings and ended up signing a 2 year $5 million contract. Needless to say his agent was fired.

Padres Son
07-08-2008, 06:44 PM
Yeah, it's pretty tough to stomach when a guy turns down $12 million/yr to play basketball and you're working 40 hours a week trying to pay rent and bills. Not a great way to endear yourself to the fans.

I'm not a Bobcats fan, I'm a UConn fan and I like following the UConn guys through the NBA. It seems very out of character for Okafor to turn down a fair offer like that. I remember in college he graduated in three years (with a ridiculous GPA) and said that he planned to become a doctor after his NBA career was over. Just doesn't seem like the type of guy who would be trying to squeeze an extra few mil out of a huge contract.

Makes me think that either he's getting bad advice from his agent, or maybe he wants out of Charlotte.

Conor
07-09-2008, 12:42 AM
Is Emeka greedy or does he just want out of Charlotte? Would he sign an offer sheet for 8-10 million with the Warriors, and more importantly, is Michael Jordan stupid enough not to match?

DerekRE_3
07-09-2008, 04:30 AM
Is Emeka greedy or does he just want out of Charlotte? Would he sign an offer sheet for 8-10 million with the Warriors, and more importantly, is Michael Jordan stupid enough not to match?

Well, MJ has made some questionable moves. But I heard the Warriors just signed Maggette to a 5 year $50 million contract and still have to resign Biedrins and Monta. So I don't see them offering Emeka a deal.

JakeDelbreezy
07-10-2008, 11:20 PM
Reports indicate the Clippers have had preliminary contact with Emeka Okafor's agent. If the Clips offer Okafor $14 mil do you guys think the Bobcats should match? In light of losing Elton Brand and also considering the the Andrew Bogut contract the Clips may very well offer Okafor that much...what do you guys think?

29$JerZ
07-10-2008, 11:47 PM
It depends on what Emeka is looking for. If he wants money go to LA. If he wants to be on a competitive team Stay in Charlotte. I want him to stay though, when the team is healthy we are playoff bound.

Raymond + Jason + Gerald + Emeka is a Nice Team in the East.

homestarunner93
07-11-2008, 01:15 AM
The Bobcats would be idiots not to match ANY offer for Emeka but then again, MJ has done crazier things...

JakeDelbreezy
07-11-2008, 01:53 PM
The Bobcats would be idiots not to match ANY offer for Emeka but then again, MJ has done crazier things...

I think Okafor has backed the Bobcats into a corner...earlier on in this thread, prior to the Andrew Bogut contract and the Elton Brand fiasco we were thinking Okafor may have made a mistake...now, he looks like a genius...if the Bobcats let Okafor walk they have absolutely nothing to replace him....they almost have to match any offer.

CHief_0_o_Wahoo
07-11-2008, 02:29 PM
I think Okafor has backed the Bobcats into a corner...earlier on in this thread, prior to the Andrew Bogut contract and the Elton Brand fiasco we were thinking Okafor may have made a mistake...now, he looks like a genius...if the Bobcats let Okafor walk they have absolutely nothing to replace him....they almost have to match any offer.

That is a good point. Teams like the Clippers are going to go after him I would expect pretty hard, maybe even the Warriors. How do you guys feel about Okafor?

DerekRE_3
07-11-2008, 02:44 PM
I always thought he was worth about a 8 or 9 million dolllar contract. At most 10.

lyknoother33
07-12-2008, 12:32 PM
I think Okafor has backed the Bobcats into a corner...earlier on in this thread, prior to the Andrew Bogut contract and the Elton Brand fiasco we were thinking Okafor may have made a mistake...now, he looks like a genius...if the Bobcats let Okafor walk they have absolutely nothing to replace him....they almost have to match any offer.

You guys are missing the point that some players want to win. Okafor is pretty intelligent (Graduating his junior year). He probably didn't want to lock himself into a long term deal with all the OTHER questionable draft picks and moves the Bobcats have been making.

He's looking for the best situaton for HIM. It maybe a team sport, but it's STILL a business. There are plenty of teams out there that would love to add Okafor and would definitely throw more at him if they had the cap space. He's a double-double machine with great defense. Look how Ben Wallace controlled games with his defense when he was in Detroit.

Bobcats ownership is too busy trying to find highlight reels. Boring basketball is successful too i.e. Stockton-to-Malone and the entire San Antonio Spurs minus Ginobili.

JakeDelbreezy
07-12-2008, 12:54 PM
You guys are missing the point that some players want to win. Okafor is pretty intelligent (Graduating his junior year). He probably didn't want to lock himself into a long term deal with all the OTHER questionable draft picks and moves the Bobcats have been making.

He's looking for the best situaton for HIM. It maybe a team sport, but it's STILL a business. There are plenty of teams out there that would love to add Okafor and would definitely throw more at him if they had the cap space. He's a double-double machine with great defense. Look how Ben Wallace controlled games with his defense when he was in Detroit.

Bobcats ownership is too busy trying to find highlight reels. Boring basketball is successful too i.e. Stockton-to-Malone and the entire San Antonio Spurs minus Ginobili.

I don't think we're missing the point at all. You just picked a quote from last part of the conversation. No one doubts that's he's looking for what's best for him, that's the way it goes with everyone. NBA players and people in real life...nobody is looking for a bad situation. That's the premise of the whole conversation we're having on this thread.

homestarunner93
07-12-2008, 02:58 PM
You guys are missing the point that some players want to win. Okafor is pretty intelligent (Graduating his junior year). He probably didn't want to lock himself into a long term deal with all the OTHER questionable draft picks and moves the Bobcats have been making.

He's looking for the best situaton for HIM. It maybe a team sport, but it's STILL a business. There are plenty of teams out there that would love to add Okafor and would definitely throw more at him if they had the cap space. He's a double-double machine with great defense. Look how Ben Wallace controlled games with his defense when he was in Detroit.

Bobcats ownership is too busy trying to find highlight reels. Boring basketball is successful too i.e. Stockton-to-Malone and the entire San Antonio Spurs minus Ginobili.

So what team are you suggesting has the cap room to sign him and a better chance at competing? Certainly not the Clippers, maybe if they were in the East but not in the West. Golden State, probably not this year. The Bobcats are the most logical option for Okafor.

3-K
07-12-2008, 05:52 PM
okafor is worth only 7 to 9 millie
my boi derekre i agree

29$JerZ
07-12-2008, 08:08 PM
IMO the problem with the roster is two things

1 - Health
Gerald plays great but always gets hurt. May has been hurt his entire time here and Adam is still a question mark.

2 - Every one is out of position
We had Gerald Playing PF which meant his chances of getting injured were greater. Emeka has to play C even though he really isn't that tall.

I was surprised We didn't take Brook. He would have let Emeka stay at the 4 and Brook would have helped our Roster out. We have May who is injured every day and Nazr.


I think we are 1 Center away from being a Top 4 Team in the East. Just need to help Emeka and Gerald go back to their right positions. And stay healthy of course.