Originally Posted by DMAVS41
I think that verdict is in. He'd have to become a legit all nba team player to make his pay worth it.
Kevin Martin is making 6.5 million a year. There is no way that Gordon could ever be worth more than double what Martin makes.
He'd have to take the leap to be on the level of a Chris Paul or Westbrook to warrant that kind of pay. And that isn't happening.
The reason Martin is getting paid significantly less than Gordon though, is due largely in part to age. Martin is six years older then Gordon, and when he was Gordon's age he signed a 5 year 55 million dollar extension (not a far cry from the deal Gordon was given)
Gordon was given that max deal based largely on potential, potential he has yet to fulfill, but I wouldn't say he necessarily has to become Chris Paul in order to warrant the contract.
If he were to say average 70+ games a season over the next 3 seasons, while averaging 22-23 ppg, 4 apg, and 3 rpg on good efficiency while playing solid defense...I would say the contract ultimately ends up being a reasonable deal even considering the off-year last season.
Now, is all that likely? Many would say not. But I wouldn't say it's completely out of the realm of possibility.