[email protected]$ too. hehe
welcome back Charlotte Hornets!
Scott Agness: With Luol Deng off to Miami, options are getting slimmer. Dallas and Charlotte remain real contenders with the Pacers for Lance Stephenson. Twitter @ScottAgness
"Lance Stephenson has signed a three-year, $27 million deal to play for the Charlotte Hornets, according to league sources." - Chris Broussard
The failed Hayward deal now become a blessings in disguise! Nice job Hornets!
So he turned down $44 million in five years ($8.8 million per year) thinking he's worth more, only to end up getting only $27 million in three years ($9 million per year).
Athletes get hurt all the time, so there is no guarantee that he will still be worth over $8 million years after three years. When you factor in the risks involved, such as injuries, personal/locker room conflicts, or potential lower quality level of play, the probability of him being offered more than the $8.8 million per year after three years decreases. There's more math for you.
Besides, he's still young. If he does get better and deserves bigger money, he'll still only be 28 and in his prime after five years. Then he can get max money. However, if his stock drops, he could also be worth just the minimum when he's 26.
This is the problem with misguided NBA players. They either get blinded by the short-term gains or grossly overvalue themselves. With very short and unpredictable careers, security always trumps quick money.
This is Lance's gamble, its likely he can push his value more in Charlotte rather than playing in PG24's shadow in Indy.
I agree. I do think it's more than just a gamble, though. Lance probably felt disrespected by the Pacers and made an emotional decision.
On what this means for the Hornets: This definitely elevates their team and pretty much assures them of a playoff spot. Having Lance as an offensive weapon in addition to Kemba and Big Al will lower the pressure on MKG and Noah Vonleh to score.
This will also allow the Hornets to use Henderson and Hairston as their offensive spark plugs off the bench, with Cody Zeller, Bismack Biyombo and Gary Neal solidly rounding out the second five.
I see the Hornets having a floor of 6th in the East and a ceiling of 2nd.
3-4 Toronto (simply by virtue of winning their division)
For 3 years and $27 million, the Hornets got a bargain for Stephenson.
Solid work by Rich Cho!
Kemba-Lance tandem could give Wall-Beal a run for their money as the best backcourt duo in the East.
Yeah they will do better this time sa playoffs but they need more....
Need solid bench, MKG is a bust his athletic, but playing 20+ mpg and only averages 8ppg
Hornets owner Michael Jordan attended the meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday night that resulted in Stephenson signing a 3-year, $27.4 million contract. Jordan spoke very directly with Stephenson before signing off on this contract. “He told me what he likes about me, he told me what I need to calm down on,” Stephenson told the Observer after the news conference. “He told me how I can contribute to the team. And he told me he believed in my talent. He likes my competitive edge.”
“We did not want to see a long-term deal unless the overall deal was extremely attractive,” said Stephenson’s agent, Alberto Ebanks. -
it's nice to see MJ's team getting positive comments from basketball fans and scribes.
^And this no doubt upsets a lot of people who want to see MJ fail.
+1 for the CHornets.
but LStephenson is not interested in a championship title.
all they need now is to find a Center to fill the gap left by JMcRoberts.