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Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

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  • Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

    Going through the 2009-2010 Draft thread....I was thinking that IF Brandon Jennings was the best Player available to draft and we decide to do draft him ( specifically a PG )......instead of resigning Jack....I was pondering whether it would be possible to not pick up Marquis Team Option ( at $7+ mil ) and then try to turn around and resign him at a cheaper rate....probably at the same rate that we would have likely tried to resign Jack at.....like $3.5-4 mil a year type deal.

    I'm pretty sure that Marquis would likely get some suitors out there for his services....but looking at the way that he has played....I ( and probably many others here on PD ) would like to keep him.....we just don't ( nor can afford ) to keep him at his current Team Option price tag. I know that Jack has been clutch and even carried the Teams at times.....but is also kind turnover prone at time and if Jennings is the best player available and other players that could likely help us are off the board.....I could see drafting a PG ( to fill Jack's current role ) and then trying to resign Marquis ( at a cheaper price ) as a decent alternative.

    In the past, has a Team decided not to pick up a Team Option on a Player then turned around and negotiated a new Contract with him?

    I'm guessing that Marquis could turn around and choose not to go with the Pacers based off of some "You want me, but not at a higher cost" mentality....but if he can be had for a cheaper price, I would hope that he would consider staying.

    Of course, my preferable option is to try to move Ford in the offseason for some rotational PF with a comprable contract ( which is highly unlikely ).....then try to resign both Jack ( to start ) and Marquis ( at a lower cost ) while drafting Jennings ( to fill the backup PG spot ).....but I doubt that happens.
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    Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

    I expect the Pacers to use the draft to try to get more athletic up front. I'm sure they'll take the best player available.... but I'm guessing they'll draft an athletic big

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      Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

      I suspect this is the FO strategy, but it really all depends on what kind of offers Daniels gets. I don't think we can afford to sign either Jack or Daniels for more than $4mm next year, so if he gets an offer much above that, then we're probably out.

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        Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

        Yes your idea is an option. The only way it works is this scenario:

        1. I see Q6 taking less $ is if he gets a longer contract. Would you rather have him @ 1 year a little over 7 million or 3 years @ 19 million?

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          Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

          Originally posted by Jonathan View Post
          Yes your idea is an option. The only way it works is this scenario:

          1. I see Q6 taking less $ is if he gets a longer contract. Would you rather have him @ 1 year a little over 7 million or 3 years @ 19 million?
          We can't afford either of those.

          What we can afford is 3 yrs, $12-13.

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            Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

            Originally posted by count55 View Post
            I suspect this is the FO strategy, but it really all depends on what kind of offers Daniels gets. I don't think we can afford to sign either Jack or Daniels for more than $4mm next year, so if he gets an offer much above that, then we're probably out.
            That's what I'm thinking.....if either ( but not both ) could be had for $4 mil a year ( preferable for 2 years but IMHO acceptable for 3 years ), I would be willing to try to resign either of them.

            IF the Pacers wanted to improve their PG rotation, I think that the best case scenario would be my "Trade Ford for a Frontcourt Player, resign Jack and Marquis then draft Jennings" scenario. Simply based off of what I have read about Jennings, I am certainly more comfortable with Jack/Jennings/Diener handling the PG minutes ( with a Granger/Marquis/Dunleavy/BRush at the SG/SF rotation ) then to continue a Ford/Jack/Diener PG rotation ( with Jack continuing to get more then enough SG minutes that I am not comfortable with ).
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              Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

              Originally posted by count55 View Post
              We can't afford either of those.

              What we can afford is 3 yrs, $12-13.
              IF we can get Jennings and can't move Ford, assuming that Marquis would resign at a lower cost, I wouldn't be too adverse to choosing to resign him ( instead of Jack ) at a ~$4 mil a year contract for 3 seasons.

              Although there is the very strong possibility that JO'B ( assuming that he's still our Coach in the 2009-2010 season...which is likely ) will continue to go SmallBall and have Ford and Jennings at the PG/SG rotation for far more minutes then I am comfortable with ....I would suspect that JO'B would go with Experience ( specifically playing Marquis or BRush at the SG spot with the PG ) then to continue running extensive minutes with a 2 headed PG/Ball Handler PG/SG rotation.

              The main reason I bring this topic up is because I am not a very strong fan of JO'Bs preference to go with an experienced Small Ball lineup with the Thunder/Lightning Combo for extended periods of time. Although I suspect that part of the reason is due to lack of choice ( since Granger and Dunleavy are out and Marquis has been in/out of the lineup ), my reasoning is that the best way to minimize the use of Small Ball by JO'B is to simply limit his options to implementing such a lineup.

              Before many of you jump to the conclusion that I don't want to resign Jack, I do think that he is a solid Combo PG/SG and wouldn't mind resigning him....since I think that JO'B would continue to use the Thunder/Lightning combo for extended periods of time...I just would prefer not do so IF JO'B is still our Coach.
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                Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                I think someone else will sign him at more than we can afford. He's a good player but, I think we can do better. I really expect the contracts that are expiring, nearly 20M will be gone except for Graham and McBob. We will sign our draft picks (3) and not much more.
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                  Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                  Originally posted by aceace View Post
                  I think someone else will sign him at more than we can afford. He's a good player but, I think we can do better. I really expect the contracts that are expiring, nearly 20M will be gone except for Graham and McBob. We will sign our draft picks (3) and not much more.
                  Do the Pacers have two second round picks this year? Their own and the one from Dallas?

                  As Count has tirelessly pointed out, there really doesn't seem to be a workable solution for retaining Daniels, unless there is literally no market interest in him whatsoever. Then maybe something could get worked out. The only other hope would be that Dunleavy's situation quickly resolves itself via medical retirement (with his salary coming off the books) by July 1. Probably not likely either.

                  I also agree with the idea that the Pacers will be more interested in resigning Jack than Daniels anyway. All things being equal, you need look no further than injury history to decide which is the more palatable risk.

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                    Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                    Originally posted by shockedandchagrined View Post
                    Do the Pacers have two second round picks this year? Their own and the one from Dallas?

                    As Count has tirelessly pointed out, there really doesn't seem to be a workable solution for retaining Daniels, unless there is literally no market interest in him whatsoever. Then maybe something could get worked out. The only other hope would be that Dunleavy's situation quickly resolves itself via medical retirement (with his salary coming off the books) by July 1. Probably not likely either.

                    I also agree with the idea that the Pacers will be more interested in resigning Jack than Daniels anyway. All things being equal, you need look no further than injury history to decide which is the more palatable risk.
                    I thought we had 3 second round picks this year? Our own and then two from dallas. Please correct me if i'm wrong though.

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                      Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                      Originally posted by aceace View Post
                      I think someone else will sign him at more than we can afford.
                      As count55 suggested ( which I agree with ), I think that we can afford to sign a Guard ( whether it be Jack or Marquis ) for some $4 mil a year / $12 mil over 3 seasons contract. If a Team was willing to give him more then $4 mil a year....that I would be more then happy to let Marquis go. I just don't think that a Team would be willing to pay him more than the $4mil a year that we could afford to pay given today's Financial and SalaryCap Concerned environment.

                      Originally posted by aceace View Post
                      He's a good player but, I think we can do better.
                      Looking at the 2009-2010 FA Market, who do you think that we can get that is better then Marquis or Jack at $3-4 mil a year that could fit into what JO'B and TPTB are trying to do?

                      Originally posted by aceace View Post
                      I really expect the contracts that are expiring, nearly 20M will be gone except for Graham and McBob. We will sign our draft picks (3) and not much more.
                      We still would likely resign a Guard in the 2009-2010 Offseason. Although the logical choice would be to resign Jack, assuming that Jennings is available, I'm suggesting that resigning Jack is not the only option IF we don't pick up Marquis' Team option while was willing to accept a $4 mil a year / $12 mil contract over 3 season contract. In this scenario.....we let Marquis' current contract expire while choosing to resign him to a more reasonable contract. I really like Marquis as a rotational SG/SF and think that his skillset fits what we are trying to do....I just don't think that he's worth the $7mil Team Option that he is owed.
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                        Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                        Originally posted by Phree Refill View Post
                        I thought we had 3 second round picks this year? Our own and then two from dallas. Please correct me if i'm wrong though.
                        We traded our own to Miami for the rights to Stanko Barac.

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                          Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                          Originally posted by shockedandchagrined View Post
                          As Count has tirelessly pointed out, there really doesn't seem to be a workable solution for retaining Daniels, unless there is literally no market interest in him whatsoever. Then maybe something could get worked out. The only other hope would be that Dunleavy's situation quickly resolves itself via medical retirement (with his salary coming off the books) by July 1. Probably not likely either.

                          I also agree with the idea that the Pacers will be more interested in resigning Jack than Daniels anyway. All things being equal, you need look no further than injury history to decide which is the more palatable risk.
                          I'm not sure if you're misreading the intention of my post.....but I'm not suggesting that we pick up Marquis' Team option ( which I agree we can't afford ), I'm suggesting that IF we draft Jennings ( a PG ).....that instead of choosing to resign Jack ( our current backup PG )......we choose to not pick up Marquis Team Option ( essentially letting him expire ) but try to resign Marquis as a UFA under a cheaper ( more reasonable ) contract ( of course assuming that he's willing to stay with us ).

                          I was never under the illusion that we would try to resign Jack while picking up Marquis Team Option.....I was just suggesting another option to solving our PG situation if the draft doesn't work out the way that we hope ( as in getting an NBA-Ready Athletic Frontcourt player ).

                          Retaining Marquis is IMHO possible.....if we don't pick up his Team Option and he is willing to accept a long-term but smaller contract.
                          Last edited by CableKC; 03-02-2009, 05:46 PM.
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                            Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                            Originally posted by Phree Refill View Post
                            I thought we had 3 second round picks this year? Our own and then two from dallas. Please correct me if i'm wrong though.
                            We have one according to RealGM.

                            http://www.realgm.com/src_future_draftpicks.php

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                              Re: Is not picking up Marquis Team Option but trying to sign him as a UFA for cheaper an option?

                              My problem with not keep Quis is this - who the heck else are they going to pay to play? I know their financials are in a tight spot, but they also need competent ball players on the court. I mean if they are justifying keeping Dun and Troy I think it would be smart to at least keep a fair paid guy like Quis.

                              The only reason Quis doesn't get paid in the $6m range IMO is if teams are jittery about the injury situation. Otherwise he's played much better than what I would expect from a $4m vet.

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