Wow!! Some big name Free Agents must take HUGH PAYCUTS this Summer
1.Shaq..My favorite center of all time and 1 of the top 5 centers of all-time..He should announce that Next season should be his last..I would love to see teams around the league show him love..Even though he has shown a little immaturity over the years..But he has been great for the NBA...
2.Tracy McGrady..1 of the best perimeter talent of the decade...Has publically stated he'll willing to take a paycut..
3.Jermaine O'Neal..Has played well this season..But not near the talent he was a few years ago..
4.Ray Allen..Still has the ability to make crucial shots..Will Boston be willing to re-sign him or go after a younger talent?
5.Larry Hughes..Would he have been a much better player if he had remained in college a few more years?
I think Boston should really consider not re-signing Allen. Not because he is bad at all, but because that team is declining pretty rapidly, and they don't have enough young talent around Rondo and Perkins to brace the fall they are possibly about to make, especially if Rivers retires. The Celtics are almost at the point where they are good enough to compete, but bad/old enough to need a rebuild of their roster. We'll see how they do in the playoffs, that is going to determine the future of the Celtics and their offseason.
As far as Shaq and McGrady, neither are more than fading stars who are now role players at this point, so they should expect role player salaries, on one year deals. Both will sign with contenders, and T-Mac will continue his quest to get out of the early stages of the playoffs and win a ring, while Shaq will try to best Kobe in the ring titles and have a ring on all 5 of his fingers before he leaves the game.
Hughes is an afterthought.
Jermaine is still a decent player, but with his injury history, and advanced age and declining skills, he won't see anymore than about 4-5 mil a year and 2 years, IMO.
The top 4 of your list will maybe signed for the mid-level exception but not more.
Hughes will have the vet minimum.
good posts and you should add more names to this as well.
If Ray Allen is willing to accept Mid level how could they NOT sign him. AS a matter of fact who wouldnt? He is in decline but if you saw him play lately he still is very talented.
yeah i guarentee ray allen will wanna resign no matter the price in boston..
Boston is going to have to really start to decide if continuing with the nucleus of players they have now is the correct move. It isn't even that Allen is bad or rapidly declining, because he certainly isn't. It's about Boston and do they want to wrap themselves up with another aging player on a probable 3-year type contract? If he is willing to accept the mid-level that is great, but Boston isn't great anymore, with Allen. They are old and declining, and are in desperate need of a transfusion of energy. So, we'll see what happens, but if I were them, I would strongly consider a move in the direction of youth and athleticism and future.
I think Allen's future in Boston depends on the Celtics' success this post season. They're way into the luxury tax, they're not getting any younger, and if they're not a legit championship contender, there's no reason for them to pay double Allen's salary to keep him around.