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HouRealCoach
05-10-2011, 08:47 AM
Is this true or does ESPN have it wrong? If true, I lost much respect in Thunder front office and why in the hell did he get offered that? They maybe could have gotten someone like Al Jefferson or another low-post scorer

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 08:50 AM
Is this true or does ESPN have it wrong? If true, I lost much respect in Thunder front office and why in the hell did he get offered that? They maybe could have gotten someone like Al Jefferson or another low-post scorer

2010-2011: 13,270,000
2011-2012: 3,272,997
2012-2013: 2,959,332
2013-2014: 2,585,668
2014-2015: 2,242,003


Nick entered this season making $6.75 million in his final year with the Thunder. But after Tuesday night, he'll be making an All-Star level $13.3 million this year with the Thunder. How is that even legal, in a salary cap sense? Well, as Marc Stein reports, the Oklahoma City GM essentially gave him a $6.5-plus signing bonus for this season alone. Signing bonuses usually aren't common in the NBA, because you have to fit any level of payoff (right down to free TVs or ducats) underneath the salary cap. You have to report it, and most teams are perpetually over the salary cap with no space left to offer.


http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/blog/ball_dont_lie/post/Nick-Collison-s-goofball-contract-extension?urn=nba-288906

BlondeBomber41
05-10-2011, 08:54 AM
Yeah, he actually use to be a pretty good player and was suppose to get better. Still hard to believe they paid him that much, but he use to put up some numbers.

daleja424
05-10-2011, 09:30 AM
Thats a slick move. Paid him big when they had the space and then he doesnt hurt them in the future from a cap standpoint.

KnicksorBust
05-10-2011, 09:54 AM
Thats a slick move. Paid him big when they had the space and then he doesnt hurt them in the future from a cap standpoint.

If Scotty Brooks could coach end of game situations as well as Presti GMs that team would be a lock for a ring.

This move was so shrewd. Collison gets the $ and the Thunder get a quality backup big for the next 4 years at a discounted price.

North Yorker
05-10-2011, 09:58 AM
Is this true or does ESPN have it wrong? If true, I lost much respect in Thunder front office and why in the hell did he get offered that? They maybe could have gotten someone like Al Jefferson or another low-post scorer

Well then you didnt do your research did you?

This was a great move by the Thunder FO. A team's 3rd big man is undervalued by fans and they got a reliable one for a cheap price going forward.

Mile High Champ
05-10-2011, 10:05 AM
Yeah, he actually use to be a pretty good player and was suppose to get better. Still hard to believe they paid him that much, but he use to put up some numbers.

+1, these are my thoughts as well. He used to be a very good rotation player and showed signs he could become a good starter in this league. I remember when he came out of College, man he was something special than. I had always hoped he would put it together at some point and take that next step. Too bad he didn't though he sure will be payed like he did.

Jetsguy
05-10-2011, 10:11 AM
Yeah, he actually use to be a pretty good player and was suppose to get better. Still hard to believe they paid him that much, but he use to put up some numbers.

man one of the best sigs I have seen:laugh2:

Rivera
05-10-2011, 10:11 AM
what an awesome move by the thunder management

AFlagRules
05-10-2011, 10:39 AM
Yeah, he actually use to be a pretty good player and was suppose to get better. Still hard to believe they paid him that much, but he use to put up some numbers.

Yeahhh, he use to be amazing with his 9 and 9 average.

ne3xchamps
05-10-2011, 10:49 AM
who's nick collison? And who cares?

ne3xchamps
05-10-2011, 10:51 AM
Yeah, he actually use to be a pretty good player and was suppose to get better. Still hard to believe they paid him that much, but he use to put up some numbers.

Your sig is sweet man! :laugh2:

BlondeBomber41
05-10-2011, 11:06 AM
What are you guys talking about, great move by Thunder management? They didnt pay him 13 million in year one of the contract and 3 million the rest of the way..... the 13 million was the end of his first big contract and the 3 million years were his much less expensive extension.

Baller1
05-10-2011, 11:07 AM
It was a genius move. The contract is front-loaded to save money later down the line.

sep11ie
05-10-2011, 11:11 AM
Daryle Morey said his name in an interview the other day here in Houston when he was talking bout every contender needs a glue guy, and how Collison was that for OKC. Some players are worth more than what stats suggest(while some are worth less than what stats suggest, cough cough Amare, and real basketball fans see that.

BlondeBomber41
05-10-2011, 11:15 AM
Yeahhh, he use to be amazing with his 9 and 9 average.

Actually 10 and 9, in 28 minutes a game. Pretty solid numbers for a forward only a few years into the league and suppose to be getting better.

KnicksorBust
05-10-2011, 11:25 AM
What are you guys talking about, great move by Thunder management? They didnt pay him 13 million in year one of the contract and 3 million the rest of the way..... the 13 million was the end of his first big contract and the 3 million years were his much less expensive extension.

"The Thunder are paying now, so that that they can pay a lot less later. Essentially, they just handed Nick Collison $6.5 million for the rights to only pay him $11 million over four years starting in 2011."

They used their extra cap space this season as compensation to lock him up to a more cap friendly extension. It's genius.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 11:34 AM
Yeahhh, he use to be amazing with his 9 and 9 average.

Which was in 28.5 minutes per games. 12.4/11.8 per 36. That is actually pretty good for a backup forward/center. For $3 million a year, it'd be stupid to say that a near double-double off the bench is not amazing. Collison is great at what he does.

Rentzias
05-10-2011, 01:14 PM
It's a smart move, and the guy gets them extra possessions, and was very aggravating for us during the Denver series. Never hurts to have a Udonis Haslem numbers type guy on the bench.

Super.
05-10-2011, 01:17 PM
Front loaded contract. Smart move

John Walls Era
05-10-2011, 01:24 PM
THe next few years is definitely a discounted price, but never would I thought Collison would be earning 13 mill.

RVN671
05-10-2011, 01:24 PM
Is this true or does ESPN have it wrong? If true, I lost much respect in Thunder front office and why in the hell did he get offered that? They maybe could have gotten someone like Al Jefferson or another low-post scorer

WOW! His worst move as a GM by far. You can't blame the guy though...props to his agent, I'd be pushing for the same thing.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 01:52 PM
WOW! His worst move as a GM by far. You can't blame the guy though...props to his agent, I'd be pushing for the same thing.

How is it a bad move? Collison wanted paid, the Thunder had tons of cap they weren't going to use. They gave Collison a huge signing bonus so he got paid upfront to spare the cap space for when Durant and Westbrook needed extension. It was a smart move by Presti.

Baller1
05-10-2011, 01:56 PM
How is it a bad move? Collison wanted paid, the Thunder had tons of cap they weren't going to use. They gave Collison a huge signing bonus so he got paid upfront to spare the cap space for when Durant and Westbrook needed extension. It was a smart move by Presti.

The fact that so many people don't understand the contract just shows how smart Presti really is.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 02:07 PM
The fact that so many people don't understand the contract just shows how smart Presti really is.

The fact OKC has so many bandwagon fans across the country just shows how little some NBA fans actually care about loyalty.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 02:10 PM
THe next few years is definitely a discounted price, but never would I thought Collison would be earning 13 mill.

A discounted price? Nick Collison is not worth more than $5 Million.

Baller1
05-10-2011, 02:12 PM
The fact OKC has so many bandwagon fans across the country just shows how little some NBA fans actually care about loyalty.

:laugh:

Ok.

MrfadeawayJB
05-10-2011, 02:13 PM
that is a pretty smart idea. Thunder have done a great job with their future flexibility, young assets, and draft picks

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 02:14 PM
Daryle Morey said his name in an interview the other day here in Houston when he was talking bout every contender needs a glue guy, and how Collison was that for OKC. Some players are worth more than what stats suggest(while some are worth less than what stats suggest, cough cough Amare, and real basketball fans see that.

Just because hes a goofy White guy who grabs a few rebounds off the bench and picks up fouls doesn't make him a glue guy. Hes an average backup PF, there is nothing special about him or what he brings on the court.

Amare Stoudemire was overpaid, but he is a far superior player to this goofball and is an All Star player. It doesnt take a real basketball fan to know that.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 02:16 PM
that is a pretty smart idea. Thunder have done a great job with their future flexibility, young assets, and draft picks

Lets see how they handle Westbrook & Ibaka's pending Free Agency.

Baller1
05-10-2011, 02:18 PM
Just because hes a goofy White guy who grabs a few rebounds off the bench and picks up fouls doesn't make him a glue guy. Hes an average backup PF, there is nothing special about him or what he brings on the court.

Amare Stoudemire was overpaid, but he is a far superior player to this goofball and is an All Star player. It doesnt take a real basketball fan to know that.

+/- rating -- +305

http://www.82games.com/1011/10OKC13.HTM

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 02:31 PM
+/- rating -- +305

http://www.82games.com/1011/10OKC13.HTM

PER of 10.83

I'll pass.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 02:37 PM
A discounted price? Nick Collison is not worth more than $5 Million.

And he is making $3,272,997 in 2011, $2,959,332 in 2012, $2,585,668 in 2013, $2,242,003 in 2014. He's not making more than $5 million. I wish people would learn how to read the thread before making stupid posts.

Baller1
05-10-2011, 02:41 PM
PER of 10.83

I'll pass.

So you're gonna pass on a Varejao/Haslem type of big man for a low price? Suit yourself.


And he is making $3,272,997 in 2011, $2,959,332 in 2012, $2,585,668 in 2013, $2,242,003 in 2014. He's not making more than $5 million. I wish people would learn how to read the thread before making stupid posts.

Thank you.

KnicksorBust
05-10-2011, 02:53 PM
Offense: Pts per 100 Poss. 115.5 110.8 +4.7
Defense: Pts per 100 Poss. 104.5 109.9 -5.4
The bold is with him on the court vs. him off the court. Offensively, they score 4.7 more points per 48 minutes with him and amazingly allow 5.4 less points on defense. That is a net gain of about 10 points per 48 minutes. This guy brings intangibles that can't be measured looking at his PPG. He has above average shooting percentages, rebound percentages, and is a good defender with experience. Locking that up for $2-$3 million per in a league where Erick Dampier can get $10-$12 million? Solid GM'ing.

Baller1
05-10-2011, 03:03 PM
Offense: Pts per 100 Poss. 115.5 110.8 +4.7
Defense: Pts per 100 Poss. 104.5 109.9 -5.4
The bold is with him on the court vs. him off the court. Offensively, they score 4.7 more points per 48 minutes with him and amazingly allow 5.4 less points on defense. That is a net gain of about 10 points per 48 minutes. This guy brings intangibles that can't be measured looking at his PPG. He has above average shooting percentages, rebound percentages, and is a good defender with experience. Locking that up for $2-$3 million per in a league where Erick Dampier can get $10-$12 million? Solid GM'ing.

Where'd you get those numbers?

justinnum1
05-10-2011, 03:06 PM
someone that understand the cba can appreciate this deal

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 03:18 PM
And he is making $3,272,997 in 2011, $2,959,332 in 2012, $2,585,668 in 2013, $2,242,003 in 2014. He's not making more than $5 million. I wish people would learn how to read the thread before making stupid posts.

That was my point.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 03:19 PM
Offense: Pts per 100 Poss. 115.5 110.8 +4.7
Defense: Pts per 100 Poss. 104.5 109.9 -5.4
The bold is with him on the court vs. him off the court. Offensively, they score 4.7 more points per 48 minutes with him and amazingly allow 5.4 less points on defense. That is a net gain of about 10 points per 48 minutes. This guy brings intangibles that can't be measured looking at his PPG. He has above average shooting percentages, rebound percentages, and is a good defender with experience. Locking that up for $2-$3 million per in a league where Erick Dampier can get $10-$12 million? Solid GM'ing.

Its called a Center Premium.

Center's get overpaid big time.

210Don
05-10-2011, 03:34 PM
almost the same thing. 4 years 25 mill

Baller1
05-10-2011, 03:34 PM
Its called a Center Premium.

Center's get overpaid big time.

Good job at proving his point. Centers get overpaid regularly, yet Presti was able to get a discount on Collison by frontloading his contact with the extra cap he had to work with.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 03:43 PM
That was my point.

No, it doesn't. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about because you're using both sides to justify your "point." Collison is a very good bench forward/center putting up some very nice numbers in limited minutes on a cheap contract.

flclfanman
05-10-2011, 04:17 PM
I don't care what Collison's getting paid; it's too much.

CeeDub15
05-10-2011, 04:22 PM
I dont think his contract is too bad. Solid guy. And yes, Centers get overpaid all the time. When we paid Darko like 4-5M a year, people were going crazy, go look up some of the centers in the league that are backups and see how much they get paid. Like Etan Thomas and others.

mjokc
05-10-2011, 04:25 PM
Are people really this dumb? Please do some research before creating a thread which makes you look like an idiot.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 04:25 PM
Good job at proving his point. Centers get overpaid regularly, yet Presti was able to get a discount on Collison by frontloading his contact with the extra cap he had to work with.

No ****.

Collison isnt a Center. Hes a PF, which is why he should never be overpaid.

Centers get overpaid due to how important quality ones are in the NBA and what they bring for a defense.

What point were you trying to argue? Centers get overpaid for a reason. Collison got overpaid for no reason because hes just a backup player.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 04:30 PM
No ****.

Collison isnt a Center. Hes a PF, which is why he should never be overpaid.

Centers get overpaid due to how important quality ones are in the NBA and what they bring for a defense.

What point were you trying to argue? Centers get overpaid for a reason. Collison got overpaid for no reason because hes just a backup player.

He didn't get overpaid. The $13.3 million he is making this year is from his previous contract, plus a signing bonus. He was originally making $6.5 million and was given the signing bonus as part of an extension to give him more money upfront without adding more money per year. It's not that hard to understand. Just read the damn article I posted in the second post of the thread. Christ, you guys make this seem like rocket science.

By the way, Collison is used as a center. He is listed as a forward-center.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 04:31 PM
No, it doesn't. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about because you're using both sides to justify your "point." Collison is a very good bench forward/center putting up some very nice numbers in limited minutes on a cheap contract.

How am I using both sides?

Collison is a backup PF. He isnt worth more than $5 Million per year, and what hes eventually going to be paid what hes worth at around $2 Million per year.

Thats been my point. He shouldnt be getting $13 Million anyways.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 04:35 PM
How am I using both sides?

Collison is a backup PF. He isnt worth more than $5 Million per year, and what hes eventually going to be paid what hes worth at around $2 Million per year.

Thats been my point. He shouldnt be getting $13 Million anyways.

Collison is getting paid $6.5 million, plus a guaranteed signing bonus that was paid last off-season, but counted toward this year's cap. So truthfully, he isn't getting paid $13.3 million.

I give up. I'm finished arguing with you and everyone else in this thread. If you read the article posted then this thread wouldn't have made it to four pages with stupid posts.

Savage Sunday
05-10-2011, 04:39 PM
He didn't get overpaid. The $13.3 million he is making this year is from his previous contract, plus a signing bonus. He was originally making $6.5 million and was given the signing bonus as part of an extension to give him more money upfront without adding more money per year. It's not that hard to understand. Just read the damn article I posted in the second post of the thread. Christ, you guys make this seem like rocket science.

By the way, Collison is used as a center. He is listed as a forward-center.

So what? Big Baby plays C sometimes and so does Chuck Hayes.

That doesnt mean they get any sort of Center Premium, it just shows how poor the Center crop is in the NBA for those guys having to get minutes out of position.

& I understood immediately what they did in frontloading the contract.

My point was then and still is that he isnt that good of a player. For someone to act likes an important glue guy to this Thunder team is just overrating his value.

salmonleg
05-10-2011, 04:56 PM
Presti is the standard by which all others will someday be judged.

Rentzias
05-10-2011, 05:39 PM
Presti is the standard by which all others will someday be judged.

Jerry West.

sep11ie
05-10-2011, 05:55 PM
Just because hes a goofy White guy who grabs a few rebounds off the bench and picks up fouls doesn't make him a glue guy. Hes an average backup PF, there is nothing special about him or what he brings on the court.

Amare Stoudemire was overpaid, but he is a far superior player to this goofball and is an All Star player. It doesnt take a real basketball fan to know that.

Yea, that's what Morey was saying every team needs. A goofy white dude.

You have no idea what he brings to the lockerroom/bench. He's an enforcer and an energy guy. He made 13 million 1 year, he'll be making 3 million for the next 4 or 5. I'd take that contract/player on my team anyday.

KnicksR4Real
05-10-2011, 05:57 PM
lol

kikeyanez
05-10-2011, 06:08 PM
i dont like this lock out but signing players that dont live up to there contracts is the reason why teams all over the nba suck for so meny years...13 million??? man..

Baller1
05-10-2011, 06:13 PM
i dont like this lock out but signing players that dont live up to there contracts is the reason why teams all over the nba suck for so meny years...13 million??? man..

Dude, you only have to look one post down from the OP to see how the contract works (thanks to Cardinals who posted the article).

He's not getting paid $13 million a year.

sep11ie
05-10-2011, 06:26 PM
I swear, Tuesday posters are the worst.

ttam68
05-10-2011, 06:35 PM
This thread is a hilarious display of ignorance. Hes a quality big in his prime thats only making a couple mil with a contract that will be favorable for years.

hyb152
05-10-2011, 06:46 PM
He was a solid player that put up some pretty damn good numbers back in seattle. He didn't improve much though.

However, he's a very essential play to the Thunder. He's also the best in the entire league at taking charges. No way he's worth that much money though. But at least he's not like Eddy Curry or Tmac making all that money and doing absolutely nothing. At least he's contributing.

ChiSox219
05-10-2011, 06:59 PM
Daryle Morey said his name in an interview the other day here in Houston when he was talking bout every contender needs a glue guy, and how Collison was that for OKC. Some players are worth more than what stats suggest(while some are worth less than what stats suggest, cough cough Amare, and real basketball fans see that.

This x10000000

Nick Collison is nice, solid option as the third big and he contributes to the team in so many ways that it's hard to properly evaluate him with basic stats.

Lakers + Giants
05-10-2011, 08:29 PM
Smart *** contract. :facepalm: at all of you who think he's getting paid 13 Mil. . This is pure genius. I'm surprised more GMs don't do this, maybe after this they will start.

cardinals1226
05-10-2011, 08:51 PM
front loaded that damn thing holy crap!?

lol.

that's incredible, i was pretty sure that's against the CBA, but w/e...

How is it against the CBA? There is nothing wrong with paying someone a signing bonus. It's no different than offering the money as part of the salary for the year.

FaM0us Skins
05-10-2011, 11:01 PM
He shouldn't get paid that much since he doesn't start and he hasn't improved much this season

LeonFSU
05-11-2011, 12:59 AM
The Magic certainly could use him. Instead I hear Otis Smith is looking to give the full MLE (if there is one) to Brian Cook. Word is that is how Smith is planning to satisfy Howard.

Hellcrooner
05-11-2011, 01:25 AM
and people doubts marc gasol will get MAX contract offers this offseason :D

Patman
05-11-2011, 08:05 AM
That many people do not seem to understand how the contract is structured, just proves that most posters here have no grasp how the CBA works......

2010-2011: 13,270,000
2011-2012: 3,272,997
2012-2013: 2,959,332
2013-2014: 2,585,668
2014-2015: 2,242,003
-----------------------------------
Total: 24,330,000
Avarage: 4,880,000


They pay him under 5 mio. a year. And when they need cap space in the next years he has a very cheap contract, wich will make it easyer to give out extensions for the core players. There are not many quality back up big's that only will count 3 mio against the cap.....................

ttam68
05-11-2011, 09:19 AM
That many people do not seem to understand how the contract is structured, just proves that most posters here have no grasp how the CBA works......

2010-2011: 13,270,000
2011-2012: 3,272,997
2012-2013: 2,959,332
2013-2014: 2,585,668
2014-2015: 2,242,003
-----------------------------------
Total: 24,330,000
Avarage: 4,880,000


They pay him under 5 mio. a year. And when they need cap space in the next years he has a very cheap contract, wich will make it easyer to give out extensions for the core players. There are not many quality back up big's that only will count 3 mio against the cap.....................

If I'm not mistaken, only $6.5M of that 13 is part of the extension. So it'd be the 6.5M in addition to the next four years salary, over four years. They basically signed him to 4.4M over 4 years.

HouRealCoach
05-11-2011, 03:49 PM
I thought it was 13 mil thats why it shocked me but I never seen a contract that way but I guess it is a pretty good idea

cardinals1226
05-11-2011, 03:56 PM
If I'm not mistaken, only $6.5M of that 13 is part of the extension. So it'd be the 6.5M in addition to the next four years salary, over four years. They basically signed him to 3.5M over 4 years.

No, it's not. The base salary is $6.5 million. Collison signed a 4 year contract extension, which paid him a $6.8 million signing bonus in the last year of his previous contract. That signing bonus was paid during the off-season and counts toward the cap. However, he is not being paid any more than the $6.5 million he was already expected to make this year. Seriously guys, learn to read.

ttam68
05-11-2011, 05:16 PM
No, it's not. The base salary is $6.5 million. Collison signed a 4 year contract extension, which paid him a $6.8 million signing bonus in the last year of his previous contract. That signing bonus was paid during the off-season and counts toward the cap. However, he is not being paid any more than the $6.5 million he was already expected to make this year. Seriously guys, learn to read.

How exactly was I wrong? The $6.5M is the signing bonus, which when added to the the small amount he's making over the next four years is the total of his four year extension.

Anyway, this is timely:


OKLAHOMA CITY -- One of the ways you know a player is a superstar is if his team's performance goes to another level when he is on the court.

And the numbers back this up. Look at the leaderboard in "net plus-minus" -- the difference between a team's performance when a player is on the court and when he's off it -- and it reads like a list of NBA royalty. Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City led the league in 2009-10, while Boston's Paul Pierce did so this season.

This stat can be a little "noisy" in single seasons, but using data from multiple seasons makes it even easier to identify the most successful players. Combine the data from the past two seasons and rummage through the list of names for those who were in the top 15 in both seasons, and you'll get four players who represent the cream of the NBA crop -- LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Nick Collison and Dwight Howard.

Wait, wait, whoooooaaa there ... what was that second-to-last name again? Did you say Nick Collison? The guy who averages 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds? THAT Nick Collison??!?!?!

Believe it.

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2011/insider/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=PERDiem-110511

Baller1
05-12-2011, 01:08 PM
How exactly was I wrong? The $6.5M is the signing bonus, which when added to the the small amount he's making over the next four years is the total of his four year extension.

Anyway, this is timely:



http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2011/insider/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=PERDiem-110511

I was just about to post this... Funny how no one responded to you after you posted it.

Crackadalic
05-12-2011, 01:40 PM
The year is done anyway. He gets paid 2+ mil for the next 4 years so whats the problem

TMAC94
05-12-2011, 02:00 PM
So what? Big Baby plays C sometimes and so does Chuck Hayes.

That doesnt mean they get any sort of Center Premium, it just shows how poor the Center crop is in the NBA for those guys having to get minutes out of position.

& I understood immediately what they did in frontloading the contract.

My point was then and still is that he isnt that good of a player. For someone to act likes an important glue guy to this Thunder team is just overrating his value.

dude, chuck hayes played C nearly everygame this season.

Patman
05-12-2011, 02:06 PM
If I'm not mistaken, only $6.5M of that 13 is part of the extension. So it'd be the 6.5M in addition to the next four years salary, over four years. They basically signed him to 3.5M over 4 years.

Thanks for the info, i just wanted to make it clear that he does not get nearly 13M a year, and that the deal is perfectly reasonable. If it's 3.5 over 4 years and counting less against the cap each year the deal is even better.

flclfanman
05-12-2011, 02:29 PM
Still makes too much money.

You got REAL quality bigs like Taj Gibson and Serge Ibaka who give you ten times the production and are getting paid peanuts (granted Taj is still on his Rookie contract, but his value will increase)

sweet-d
05-12-2011, 05:06 PM
Still makes too much money.

You got REAL quality bigs like Taj Gibson and Serge Ibaka who give you ten times the production and are getting paid peanuts (granted Taj is still on his Rookie contract, but his value will increase)

Well now we have the money to pay Ibaka what he's worth when it comes time to extend his contract. Same with Westbrook if Collison was getting paid 4 million more a year and that was increasing every year then we would have a harder keeping the 2 young players we need to lock up the most. But I do agree that Ibaka should get a bonus next season or at least a big signing bonus when it comes to extend him.