–> Yesterday, I went on about how Rudy Gay wasn’t an 80 million dollar player. I stick to that argument. Today, it seems that more ridiculous contracts are being handed out. Amir Johnson re-upped today with the Toronto Raptors on a new 5-year deal that will pay him the full MLE, or $34 million. Is Johnson, a guy who averaged around 6 points and 5 rebounds last year, worth a little over 6 million a year? I know the kid has some nice upside, but I’m going “out on a limb” here and saying no. I just don’t see how you can spend this much on somebody that has done very little up to this point in their career.
–> Also, Phoenix and Channing Frye agreed on a new 5-year/$30 million deal that will pay him 6 million bones a season. This one is a little bit tougher to call because I think Channing Frye has done a bit more up to this point in his career to garner a contract worth that much. If I was the Phoenix organization, I wouldn’t feel as worried about this one as, say, signing Amir Johnson to the same contract. I like Frye because he can play multiple positions and knows how to score. I’m going to go a bit more easy on Phoenix than Toronto, but I’m still not thrilled about giving Frye, nothing more than a solid role player, that big of a contract.
–> (sidenote: Frye averaged 11.2 pts, 5.3 rebs and about a block a game in the regular season. Again, more accomplished up to this point than someone like Johnson, but still just a complimentary player.)
–> Rumor has it that Los Angeles is prepared to offer Mike Miller a 5-year/$30 million offer. Again, another medium-level role player getting a team’s full mid-level exception. I like Mike Miller, always have. But outside of shooting, what does the guy do? He can’t defend, he doesn’t really rebound consistently, nor does he dish out very many assists. So, do you want your 7th man (he wouldn’t be the first guy off the bench; Lamar Odom, anyone?) making 6 million a year? I think Mike, from merely a winning standpoint, could do no wrong by signing with the LakeShow. But, if he actually wants to play some solid minutes, I believe he should look elsewhere. Still yet, how do you pass that contract up when you averaged 10.9 pts and 6.2 rebs on a dreadful Wizards team last year? I wouldn’t.
–> One move that I applauded was by the aforementioned Suns, who signed Hakim Warrick today to a 4-year/$18 million deal. I think that’s a solid deal for a guy of Warrick’s abilities. I think he’s a very good, natural rebounder, perhaps better than Amare, but obviously not anywhere close to the offensive machine that STAT is. He should thrive in an up-tempo offense, and him coupled with Frye at the 4, should be a pretty nice pairing (Although Frye can also play the 3 with his 3-point abilities and ability to spread the floor). I don’t think there’s any question that he will never be able to replace what Stoudemire brought to the Suns, but I do think that he is a nice replacement for a team that had a gaping hole at the 4 spot. Speaking of Amare, I believe the writing is on the wall that his days in Phoenix are over.