I bet Webber will respond well with whatever new team picks him up. He was used to winning. He went from a great Kings team, for many years, to a God Awful 76er squad. It was probably like doing a stint in prison. Especially, when you realize he was stuck in the city of "Brotherly Love...yeah right." This idiot fan base booed McNabb on Draft Day. I wouldn't mind the Bulls picking him up if Paxson and Skiles thinks he can make the cut.
...as a sidenote, a buyout is the single dumbest thing a team can do.
Not always, and I'd say not in this case. Sure 5 million dollars isn't a ton in NBA terms, but it's still 5 million dollars. Think of it this way, if Webber was a free agent, and you were the sixers GM, would you sign Webber for 2.5 million a year for the next two years? He'd be cheap, but I still wouldn't do it because he makes no sense with regards to the current direction of the team.
Now, the people who say they should keep his contract in the hopes of trading it next year for a disgruntled superstar...there's definitely some truth there. But I get the feeling that NBA GMs don't like keeping disgruntled players like Webber around while they're trying to rebuild.
Of course, if you want to be a hardass GM you simply tell C-Webb to give back 10-15 million if he wants out his contract. Otherwise he can rot on the bench for two years, or get the Tim Thomas treatment when Tim was in Chicago. I think more NBA GMs should take hard lines like this. I guess they're worried about keeping up good player relations, but I think they overdo it. NBA GMs get screwed all the time when they overpay players, but when these same overpaid players become untradeable as a result, they have a tendency to expect a buyout so they can continue their career somewhere more enjoyable. (I'm looking in Alonzo Mourning's direction) Screw you, there's one downside to making sick, sick amounts of money, just one. It makes you untradeable. So unless you're willing to give back a big chunk of change, you can roll around in your millions to offset the suffering of playing on a team going nowhere.
Tell him to play. I think at the end of the day, a guy like Webber just plays. you can explain to him "We cannot trade you because of your high price tag and limited game, but if you go out play D, hit shots and make passes, a good team will want you and we can make a deal +++ you play hard and make a deal possible, you get a trade veto"
or else give him Tim Thomas treatment, i.e. go home, go rehab, get out.
costs about the same money and I still have a HUGE expiring contract and a good ball players that'll be worth something to somebody.
+ since I'm the sixers and content to lose, who cares if he's a bad in a game.
I agree with Joey, I think the Sixers should hang on to him until the end of the year. Even if he doesn't play well, that's a huge expirer they can give to someone eventually. If they buy him out, they still have to pay him for two more years no matter what, and they're only saving 5 mill if I remember correctly.
If they bought him out this season, and another team picked him up, could they still use his contract in a deal even though he plays somewhere else? The Sixers will still own his contract, so I'm not sure how that works.
I'd be very very excited if he went to the Nets. I think that is definately the best fit for him, if he doesn't go back to Sac. The Nets run an offense that would allow him to be a distributor out of the high post, plus they really need his rebounding.
But I seriously doubt we'll see him go to a team like that where he still probably wont win a title. He'll probably leach on to someone like the Spurs or Mavs. That would be sad though, because I think he can still be good enough to be a 3rd option or so on a team. But I think he'll be in the black and silver unis.