Ash from Army of Darkness: Good...Bad...I'm the guy with the gun.
Seriously though, look at the emotion in this thread. Roy's value to the Pacers goes beyond his on-court performance. Worth what he's going to get paid? Time will tell, but the franchise's popularity in the community is greater now than it was two hours ago.
This was a no brainer.
I am like a few others. I would have liked to have made Portland suffer a bit and let Roy sign while waiting to match. It would hurt them in getting Kaman, resigning Batum and then not getting Roy.
Gotta love Roy - he just posted this:
Roy Hibbert @Hoya2aPacer
Taking a look back thru my time line. A lot of people r getting blocked!
"The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."
- Benjamin Franklin
Why so SERIOUS
I didn't want to change my avatar.
This is what is about... Roy is a good guy who wants to get paid... As soon as Pacers agreed to Portland dollars.... He figured that maybe signing that deal was gonna hurt our chances at Free Agency signings... He wants to win and get paid. Not cashstrap us...
Good news. Sure, he is getting overpaid, but unfortunately thats just the nature of things. Trying to fill his spot would have been incredibly difficult. Roy means a lot to this franchise both on and off the court. Can you imagine no more Area 55? No more Big Roy going straight up as someone drives the lane? Just wouldn't be right.
I am curious to see how things go from here. I would imagine some other announcements are gonna happen soon, which is why they said they will match today. Its an odd day to "decide" to match (well not match but make the offer). They have either heard yes or no from guys they are looking to sign and are in the clear to be able to afford Hibbert's contract.
Great job by the FO. Roy is the type of person that you want on the team. He is big, he is a talent and still has potential to improve, and he is a person you can build around. I am a big believer in team chemistry and this team has the right type of chemistry. Do we have a Lebron on our team no. But we continue to improve each year. You never know when it is your time to make that run. So many things have to go right to help. I'm sure Rose getting hurt helped Miami get through. Don't know who would have won that series had the Bulls been fully healthy.
I am satisfied now, but I hope we sign sixth man. Oj might end up out of reach, so hopefully we at least go for C.Lee or someone else.
Trading a 1st rd pick for Marshon Brooks sounds great! Now that they have paid elite money to 2 mediocre players (Roy/DG), there probably is not enough money to go and get someone who can take over a game.
Bittersweet about the signing. Glad to have Roy back but sad the Pacers will not contend for a title.
Last edited by troyc11a; 07-09-2012 at 04:40 PM.
anything is possible, but probably not.
the tweets posted seemed to indicate roy will sign a contract exactly like the one portland offered. Roy evidently wants to get paid as much as he can, which is ok. The use of a 5th year at a lower rate just defeats the whole point of going to portland in the first place.
The contact Roy signs is exactly the same as the portland contract. The time he signs it is different. That timing allows the pacers to make deals with only the cap hold on the books instead of the whole $13.6M.
What if Pritchard suspected all along that the Blazers would offer Roy the max in order to screw with us so we low-balled him, let him get the offer from Portland, and then WA-POW! PRITCH SLAP!
(Note: This post is a completely humorous fabrication on my part and by no means represents anything close to reality. Please do not run with this like it's got legs. That is all.)
I bet you are right on the fact that Pritchard didnt want to sign Roy outright. Now, instead of being on the hook for 5 years at real max money, He is on the hook for 4 years and less money per year. If Roy doesnt pan out, he can be let go and is less of a financial hit.
4/58 >>>>>>>>> 5/76
This is great news, imo, even if Roy's overpaid. I'm very happy he'll be back with the Pacers. It sets a very good precedent that we'll reward players who work hard and contribute to the city.
I'm very glad to be wrong on this one. I thought the writing was on the wall about our spending. It still may be to an extent, but I didn't think we'd keep Roy.