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Ten Guys Looking For A "Record" Deal
Authored by Jason M. Williams of ESPN - 19th February, 2007 - 4:33 pm


1. Maurice Williams, MIL – 2006-07 salary: $1.92M – 18.3 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 6.1 APG

"Mo" Williams has dramatically increased his production this season with career highs in scoring, rebounds, steals, and assists. When healthy, his leadership has made it easy for the Bucks to linger around in the weak Eastern Conference playoff hunt while they have suffered key injuries to Michael Redd, Charlie Villanueva, and Bobby Simmons. He could be looking at a huge raise come next season, and will be a steal for any team looking for a 24-year-old point guard who can do it all.


2. Luke Walton, LAL – 2006-07 salary: $1.25M – 11.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 4.2 APG

Walton is another guy facing the same situation as Mo Williams. He, too, is having a career year, averaging career highs in scoring, rebounds, assists, and steals, while helping carry a young Lakers squad to a 30-22 record despite injuries to major players like Lamar Odom and Kwame Brown. He can also expect a major jump in his annual salary for the hard work he has done this season.


3. Anderson Varejao, CLE – 2006-07 salary: $0.95M – 6.7 PPG, 6.2 RPG

Varejao may have made his money in the 2005-06 postseason, where his energy off the bench nearly drove the Cavaliers over the 2-time Eastern Conference defending champion Pistons. His size and tenacity off the bench have made Cleveland a contender in the East, and his scoring and rebounding numbers are both career highs. He should be looking to cash in, especially with another strong playoff performance.


4. Steve Blake, DEN – 2006-07 salary: $1.08M – 9.6 PPG, 7.2 APG, 1.41 SPG

Since his trade to the Nuggets, he has been one of the
most productive point guards in the league. His 7.2 APG would rank him in the top ten in the NBA in assists had he been starting all season, and the leadership he displayed leading the University of Maryland to the national title is emerging now in Denver.


5. Smush Parker, LAL – 2006-07 salary: $0.80M – 11.7 PPG, 2.3 APG, 1.54 SPG

Smush Parker is now in year two of leading one of the most storied franchises in NBA history to the playoffs despite a roster not expected to contend. His strong play and increasing leadership are two of the main reasons the Lakers could advance deep into the playoffs this season.


6. Jason Kapono, MIA – 2006-07 salary: $1.19M – 11.1 PPG, 55% 3PT%

Kapono has bounced around the league before finding a home with the world champion Heat last season. However, this year he has taken his game to new heights. He is easily averaging career highs in every major statistical category and is shooting a remarkable 90% on free throws and an alarming 55% from 3-point range.


7. Mikki Moore, NJ – 2006-07 salary: $1.07M – 8.4 PPG, 5.2 RPG
Originally signed as an afterthought to battle for minutes with rookie Josh Boone, Moore was asked to step up not only when Nets reserve big men Boone and Cliff Robinson went down, but also when starting center Nenad Kristic went down for the season. He has provided a spark and has averaged nearly 12 PPG and 7 RPG over the past month for the Nets as they battle for a playoff spot in the East.


8. Matt Carroll, CHA – 2006-07 salary: $1.19M – 11.2 PPG, 90% FT%

Another journeyman shooting guard like Kapono, Matt Carroll has had a career year in every facet. His surge into the starting lineup has helped the Bobcats get to within 8 wins of last year's total with 31 games left to play.


9. Matt Barnes, GS – 2006-07 salary: $0.77M – 10.4 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 2.1 APG

Another guy who hasn't been able to find his niche in the league, Barnes has thrived under coach Don Nelson's system in Golden State. His career highs in every major category have the Warriors still in the thick of things out West for a final playoff spot despite major injuries this year to their star guards, Baron Davis and Jason Richardson.



10. Ime Udoka, PORT – 2006-07 salary: $0.74M – 8.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 0.94 SPG

A hometown guy who went to Portland State only played in 12 games prior to this season, has started 52 games thus far for the Blazers and provided a major surprise not only to the organization, but also the league. Udoka has resurrected his career in his hometown and he should be well rewarded for it, hopefully in Portland.
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Barnes is a bargain and he should be resigned! One of the most allround players of the team
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 5:06 am
Varejao and Mo Williams are the only ones I consider worth signing for more than the minimum... Both deserve contracts starting around $ 7 million per year, not more. Maybe Kapono too, but for half that amount.
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TMC wrote:Varejao and Mo Williams are the only ones I consider worth signing for more than the minimum... Both deserve contracts starting around $ 7 million per year, not more. Maybe Kapono too, but for half that amount.



The way Barnes played the first two months of this season, he deserves 4-5 million easy. He can make the difference and did in a few games, coming up big with scoring and defensively
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 9:24 am
I wouldn't pay Matt Barnes $4 million to shampoo my crotch; the guy's clearly not as good as he was originally believed.

Look at how horribly his seasonal numbers have tanked throughout the year; since December, he's been terrible. Percentages are down, production is down, and he's become streaky. Let this guy talk and let somebody else overpay for him.
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32 wrote:I wouldn't pay Matt Barnes $4 million to shampoo my crotch


Yeah, well, that would be... you know, weird. :wink:
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 10:39 am
1. Mo Williams will get a nice deal. $7ish

2. Luke Walton will get overpaid; nice hype machine when your day is practically the face of network NBA. $6ish

3. Varajao will get what he has earned. $7ish.

4. Blake? Eh, PG's will be looked at, so $4.

5. Smush is at value price now, but at a position that is pretty full. $5

6. Kopono will get his payday from the 3-point contest, triples are always nice. $6

7. Mikki Moore, still underrated. Won't get a max contract for one year of work, though hard-working bigs are hard to find. $5

8. Matt Carroll is dependable, but not special. $4

9. Barnes had a nice starting run; will either be overlooked and still a good value, or overpaid (remember Brian Cardinal?). $3

10. Udoka. I know little. Decent stats, but its always tought to evaluate on one year. Overpaid at $5
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:39 pm
Barnes's numbers have gone down because of Harrington and SJackson getting all the court time! He could be a key player like he was earlier in the season and if Mullin can get him for 3 or 4 million it is a relative steal
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2007 11:42 pm
What about James Posey?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2007 2:52 am
JayPat wrote:What about James Posey?


He'll be lucky if he gets the mid-level from anyone...

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