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Old 11-03-2007, 10:52 AM   #16
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Default Re: No extension for Okafor

A friend of mine called me last night and said that he heard on ESPN that Okafor wouldn't even come back for max money. I think he heard wrong but I think it did mean that he wants max money. Now the question is, is he worth that? Honestly, I think there are only 5 or 6 players in the NBA worth max money and Mek isn't one of them unless he can put up 20/10/3 (blocks) and play 70+ games this season.
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:21 PM   #17
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He's aspiring to be elite. That can and will be spun as "Okafor demands a max contract", but if you catch Bonnell's blog and the other article it's more of a "goal oriented" thing...which are his words actually. At the end of the season no doubt he'll be able to assess what he's worth and come to an agreement with the organization.

I feel as confident as ever that he'll remain a Bobcat for a long time.
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Old 11-03-2007, 12:35 PM   #18
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If he doesn't have an all-star caliber season this year, he doesn't deserve max. He should take a 2-3 year deal for a little less money and work his can off to get what he wants.
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:18 PM   #19
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If he doesn't have an all-star caliber season this year, he doesn't deserve max. He should take a 2-3 year deal for a little less money and work his can off to get what he wants.

Even if he doesn't...he takes the same deal we offered him last week and we move on, or as you said takes less years like Crash did.

Win-win.
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Old 11-03-2007, 04:56 PM   #20
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Default Re: No extension for Okafor

He will try to have his best year yet so that his value will increase. It's his way of getting the best contract that he can from the Cats. He played really well last night except for the darned free throws and the refs who seemed determined to get him to foul out of the game.
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Old 11-04-2007, 11:56 AM   #21
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Default Re: No extension for Okafor

Crash took 5 years... nothing short about that.
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Old 11-04-2007, 01:24 PM   #22
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Crash took 5 years... nothing short about that.

Not this latest contract, but the one in 2005 which was for a 3 year deal...last being a player option which he just exercised in 2007. Pretty sure it was reported (can't get old Observer articles) that Bernie wanted to lock him up for longer, but Crash thought he was worth more (the opt out was for 5.5 million). They ended up compromising on the years so he could prove his worth. He did, and we rewarded him for it...at a steal too.

Mek could do the same.
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:31 PM   #23
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If he plays in 75+ games, and averages 17ppg along with 11.5+ boards with 2.5 bpg than yes, I say we give him max money.

Thus far in 2 games I believe hes around 16.5, 13, and 3. Of course thats only after 2 games, but he is the epitome of what this organization is about. Work ethic, and determination. He comes into camp every year in incredible shape ( even the year he put on 15 pounds in the offseason he looked like a body builder ). Thus far, after 2 whole games lets compare Okafor and Howard.

Okafor Howard

16.5 16.3
13.5 rpg 13.3
2 spg 0 spg
3 bpg 3.7 bpg

Okafor is also shooting better from the field and playing more minutes. He is determined this year, and by the end of the season I expect Howard to have better numbers, but if Okafor can just stay anywhere close to his stature, and put this team in the playoffs you have to pay him max money or whatever it takes to resign him.
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:16 AM   #24
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Looks like Howard signed for around 15.5 a season over 5 future years taking an average (this year's rookie wage still counts as it's basiclly an extension for 5 extra years).

If we offered 13 average that's not far off a max deal already!
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Old 11-06-2007, 09:36 AM   #25
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Ya but the Magic also gave max money to another player so Howard's max contract becomes smaller. As far as I know, there isn't a set 'max' amount a player can be paid, it depends on the amount of salary space a team has in the year the player signs the deal.
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Old 11-06-2007, 06:40 PM   #26
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Im pretty sure 5 years 85 million is the max you can get unless you want to do what Lebron and Carmelo did and sign a 3 year deal so they can get the much larger payday after the 3 years is up.
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Old 11-09-2007, 01:43 PM   #27
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http:www.gastongazette.com/sections/sports/bobcats/


Oh no! They're comparing him to Alonzo!
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