Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Why We Should Let Millsap Go
I really like Paul Millsap...I really, really like Millsap. He's a solid player, he's an incredible worker, and he has a great nose for the ball. At the same time, with the reports all saying that his agent is looking for David Lee money (approximately $50 million for 5 years), I'm all for saying goodbye to him. That is a contract that is a mistake on so many levels. AK-47's contract would look downright livable in comparison (okay, that's inaccurate...his contract is an albatross that I would love to get rid of, even if we ship him and the 2010 #1 from the Knicks to the Cavs for Shaq). The bottom line is that there was some level of tension once Boozer and Millsap were back and healthy that I think negatively impacted the team over the home stretch. It shouldn't have, but there was definitely a level of Alpha-dogism that went into our collapse. You aren't going to pay someone that kind of money to sit on your bench. I know he's a great worker, but even if he wasn't just sitting on the bench splitting time with Booze, I still couldn't pay that. I think he's a bargain for mid-level exception money, but when he's looking for superstar level money (especially with half the league looking for any way to save money), he's extremely overpriced. The Pistons or the Grizzlies might take a chance on him, and they might make a great choice. At the same time, a lot of people thought the same thing about Andrei Kirelinko a few years ago and now he's one of the most untradable people in the NBA who aren't on the Houston Rockets.