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Old 01-19-2012, 08:07 PM   #31
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Default Re: Westbrook extension, good decision or not?

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this. i hope they can retain harden.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #32
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Thunder will have 2 top 10 players for a long time. That's all that matters really.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:41 PM   #33
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Great decision. When you get the chance to sign/extend/acquire a geniune superstar (i.e. one of the top 10 players in the league) you do it.

What was their other option in any case, watch him walk for nothing. Hmmmm tempting.

However the decision to give Perkins the big contract is looking a little dubious insofar as it may prevent them resigning Ibaka/Harden.

Actually I didn't like Presti's other move around that time giving up DJ White (and Mo Pete's contract) for Nazr Mohammed. White isn't great but he's a plenty capable backup and could have given them an efficient second unit scorer which they'll need all the more when Harden moves into the starting 5.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:42 PM   #34
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discuss.

Can they still hold Harden and Ibaka with this?

Absolutely great decision. They signed a guy who is 23 and already a top 15 player. And as a bonus, Westbrook did not take the 25-30% extra that was on the table for him so that the team would have an easier time signing Harden and Ibaka to extensions in the next couple of years. Westbrook took less money to keep the core of the team together. He left $10 million on the table.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:45 PM   #35
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http://www.insidehoops.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=248549 this thread is 8 hours older than yours OP

There's about 26 teams that lov to hav westbrook...

Last night Durant shot 10 3 point attempts and made 2.

Westbrook to 3 attempts and most if not all of his points were 15 feet or less. That also included double digit dimes ...
His 2012 average doesn't show up in the stat line the creation of space he opens up for his fellow teammates.

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:46 PM   #36
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Default Re: Thunder sign Russell Westbrook to multi-year extension!

To clear up confusion on the Derrick Rose rule regarding KD and Westbrook:
It's designed to be used on one player (a "franchise player") but since KD signed his new contract under the previous CBA and Westbrook his under the new CBA, both players are eligible for the bonus money. Westbrook, however, left that money on the table so the team could re-sign Ibaka and Harden down the road so it's a moot point for now.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:49 PM   #37
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:53 PM   #38
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Default Re: Westbrook extension, good decision or not?

wen ur a small market u keep young talent period. atlanta was retarded for signing joe johnson to a max deal... but wouldnt have been if he was 24 instead of 29. they have to be a great impact pkayer to warrant a max deal or close to it at that age.
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Old 01-19-2012, 08:55 PM   #39
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Westbrook and Durant are the second best duo in the NBA behind LeBron and (healthy) Wade imo. Great decision.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:13 PM   #40
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To clear up confusion on the Derrick Rose rule regarding KD and Westbrook:
It's designed to be used on one player (a "franchise player") but since KD signed his new contract under the previous CBA and Westbrook his under the new CBA, both players are eligible for the bonus money. Westbrook, however, left that money on the table so the team could re-sign Ibaka and Harden down the road so it's a moot point for now.
Wrong.

Westbrook left $10 Million on the table over 5 years.

That means he saved OKC $2 Million each season.

That extra $2 Million has no effect on keeping Harden or Ibaka who stand to make more money elsewhere than in OKC.

Is Harden worth $60+ Million to OKC? We'll find out next summer because I can guarantee his next contract is going to be worth nearly as much as Westbrook's in hopes that he can become a Franchise player elsewhere.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:24 PM   #41
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Is Harden worth $60+ Million to OKC? We'll find out next summer because I can guarantee his next contract is going to be worth nearly as much as Westbrook's in hopes that he can become a Franchise player elsewhere.

No one is going to pay Harden $60+ million, and they won't get the opportunity to anyway. OKC will re-sign him before the deadline for him to become a RFA even if that means letting Ibaka go. He's far more important to the team's success.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:48 PM   #42
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No one is going to pay Harden $60+ million, and they won't get the opportunity to anyway. OKC will re-sign him before the deadline for him to become a RFA even if that means letting Ibaka go. He's far more important to the team's success.
Wrong.

This is the NBA, Where Amazing Happens.

James Harden has Joe Johnson-like potential as far as becoming a premier Free Agent despite not producing at an All Star status. The idea would be that he would eventually produce at an All Star status in a lead role on a team.

Lets see what OKC pays him if they do re-sign him. Thats more of a pressing issue than whether or not they wanted to give Westbrook the "Max" considering he was going to get that same deal from OKC or any other team as a RFA.

Harden & Ibaka will be far more interesting when their deals are up because OKC for example may feel Harden is worth $8 Million to OKC & Ibaka is worth $7 Million, while other teams may feel Harden is worth $12 Million and Ibaka worth $10 Million.

IMO, the only way OKC keeps their core together is by amnestying Perkins and keeping cheap role players/rookies around their "Big 4".
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:52 PM   #43
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No one is going to pay Harden $60+ million, and they won't get the opportunity to anyway. OKC will re-sign him before the deadline for him to become a RFA even if that means letting Ibaka go. He's far more important to the team's success.


Have to agree.

I think 2 years ago and last year, we all kept dreaming of how good Ibaka could get. I think this year has shown, he still has quite a ways to go.

Harden on the other hand is noticeably getting better every year.
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Old 01-19-2012, 09:58 PM   #44
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I would pay Harden $60 million easily. So would Boston.
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I would pay Harden $60 million easily. So would Boston.
So would Phoenix, Brooklyn, Charlotte, & Cleveland too.

If Kevin Martin gets $55 Million, & Monta Ellis gets $66 Million then I'm pretty sure that James Harden is getting just as much.
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