how does that clown make more money that i'll ever see in my lifetime? not fair
If you can believe it, I heard Kahn of Dan Patrick last week say one of the reasons that they are looking to trade Jefferson is because they want playing time for Darko.
I checked out Darko's career stats and I thought I'd share. In seven seasons, Darko has averaged 53 games played, 5.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. I was surprised to see he is still only 25 years old.
Minnesota Timberwolves: You made a BAD deal!
Time to go check out the T-Wolves message boards for some fun reading....
He can more than hold his own defensively though, and it's probably where most of his value lies. This is a much better deal than than the contract MIL just gave Gooden imo.
And the Bucks GM (name has escaped my head), how can you possibly win executive of the year award and then pursue Corey Maggette, a somewhat selfish player who doesn't like defense, and overpay for the supposedly cancerous Drew Gooden who will be over the hill once his contract is up. At least if you overpay Hedo Turkoglu, for instance, your going to get decent play for 5 years.
It was the Draft Preview Show I believe.
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i just read wolves forum on realgm and i'm shocked. you wouldn't believe how many people are actually excited about this signing. a guy says he hopes darko becomes an all-star this year. another one says he has a shot at MIP. and they are not in green.
Looks like he had a "Brandon Rush" finish last season. I think we all know why you shouldn't make snap judgements on a strong finish...
I only got to watch a few games when he played last year, but he did play well...He's a great athlete, a 7 footer, and only 25 years old...He also plays one of the hardest positions to fill on the court. I actually don't mind this signing for that price...Minny was having Darko guard 4's at the end of last season because Jefferson and Love both sucked at it IIRC.
How can you give Darko 20 million dollars over 4 years? /QUOTE]
I thought that was a more than reasonable salary for Darko. Stop and remember Foster's salary this season is 6.6 mil for a "33 year old injured 1 trick pony". How can the Pacers afford him?
Foster played in 16 games last season averaging
48% FGA... 55% FT... 5 Rebs... 1 Ast... 3 PPG at a salary of 6 Mil or $375,000 per game played. Again, how can the Pacers afford him!?!?
Darko averaged with Minnie last year
49% FGA... 53% FT... 5.5 Reb... 2 Ast... 8 ppg
and took a 2.5 mil decrease in salary from 7.5 mil to 5 mil at 25 years of age.
Obviously, Kahn was smarter than Bird in re-negoiating a contract.
[QUOTE=Justin Tyme;1025819]Don't know if I agree w/ all of this, but more then not.
I kinda like Darko (don't know why). IMHO he was drafted by the worst team for him. He did not fit the system, style, temperment, culture, or image. He was very young & was over-whelmed. He has slowly showed improvment & confidence. I could see him being a T.Chandler-type. I like these guys as a b/u C, or spot min's @ the 4 in a big lineup. Not sure 5mil/yr is good, but not horrific either (see above - I 100% agree w/ the Foster analogy!).
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If the Timberwolves are so stupid, then why can't Bird trade for trade for one of their many PGs?
Yeah, all the signings going on right now are *****ing awful.
3 scenarios for the draft, starting with my favorite first:
1. Pacers trade up for Justice Winslow
2. Take WCS or Stanley Johnson (this is the theory of a player falling); Make trades (Hibbert/West/others) for additional picks - George Lucas and Rakeem Christmas are players I'd love to have with a late first/early 2nd round
3. Trey Lyles
I'm sure my opinion will change many times before the draft though.
I think this is a bargain signing. Darko is an excellent shot-blocker, a very good defender (especially inside), a decent team rebounder.
The problem with Darko is that he believe he wants to be a different player. If Rambis can convince him to do what he does well (defend, block shots, set screens, scoring on putbacks and hand-offs), he can be a Kendrick Perkins/Dampier type of player and for this price that's a steal. If he keeps shooting those 17fters and making moves on the post... he loses half of his value. Darko as a complementary offensive piece (low usage, high efficiency) is a starting center in the league.
But at least he's a serviceable backup center who brings good defense, tries to do too much offensively so needs to have his minutes limited and is entering his prime. $4 millions per season for that kind of player? Pretty good.