But I have developed faith in Lance. If I were Walsh, I would try to wrap Lance up for about 2m per year for 3 years as soon as the rules allow it... And before a continuance of his current performances might push his worth up to 3M-3.5M.
wow, i know lance has been playing well these past couple of weeks, but it's kind of a stretch to be saying he'll be a perennial all-star...
People would rather have Danny than Paul George? ridiculous.
I can't believe this thread had 229 posts.
I agree with your premise. He might get that money somwhere. I'm just saying I think you could also find a 20-mpg swing man in the draft (his name might be Orlando, I don't know), and save a lot of money there. I'm not saying $5 million is too much for your sixth man. That's about what Ian is getting, right? It is too much for your seventh man (first wing off the bench).
I'm going to laugh my *** of when all of them are still on the roster 2 years from now.
Everything boils down to how far the Team can get THIS year with a core of GH/PG/Granger/West/Hibbert/Mahinmi/Lance and whatever DJ/Hansbrough/McGuire/OJ can give us.
Anything short of the ECF or a hard fought 6 or 7-game 2nd round exit...and I think that it's going to be difficult for the FO to convince the Simon's to keep BOTH keeping Granger AND West for the long-term. I'm not saying that I don't see the appeal of keeping that lineup for the long-term....but I can see that there will be $$$ concerns in the near future for the Simon's that could sway them from ponying up the $$$ to keep this core intact.
I am hoping that is not the case...but I think that there is a good chance that the Core Players that we see now...IMHO...the best that it's going to be...will be the last time that we see it make a Deep Playoff run.
Seth calling No 1... No 2 Championships? :laugh:
I think Lance will be this summers Jarret Jack. Great fit, great chemistry, good player, but will get paid just a little more than the Pacers can offer. I to this day wish we still had Jack, but understand the money was about 1 million too much.
He is a free agent this summer and we will need a backup though... But that's for another thread.
2. 2010 re-draft he goes top 10? Wall, Cousins, PG, Monroe, Turner, Patterson, Sanders, Bradley, Bledsoe, Vasquez, Favors = 11 players that are currently out producing Stephenson this season.
3. Don't take what i'm saying incorrectly, I think Lance will be a good player/starter for the Pacers. But I also think that his "big contract" (6 Mil plus) will be after his NEXT contract. He just hasn't proved to be anything special enough to warrant more than that just yet. Again you have to take into consideration, Jamal Crawford, OJ Mayo, Lou Williams, Courtney Lee, Andre Miller, Nick Young, Ray Allen, Jarrett Jack, etc all got LESS than 6 Mil a year. And these guys (and others) have production as a part or various playoff teams within their resumes.
Guys I know a lot of you really like Lance, and I'm pretty happy with him myself and I love his enthusiasm and flare, but there is a Lance Stephenson in every draft, usually a couple of them. The thing that has been so remarkable about Lance is his ability to just play basketball not get in the way, and just be part of the team, which is in and of itself a pretty unremarkable and replaceable trait, but when placed in the context of Lance's career it has been unexpected.
If Paul George is your #1 wing, making a max salary, then your championship window might be 3-6 years away. You'd need time to build a team around that. This team is built around Hill, Granger, West, and Hibbert.
We know you don't think this team has potential. Yet they're red-hot lately even without their best wing player.
HE'S NOT EVEN A FREE AGENT THIS SUMMER FFS.
...why does this always happen? Why can't we just enjoy a guy who is having a good stretch? Why does it always end up someone arguing the extreme that he is going to be an all star?