The pen is mightier than the sword. I keep the sword for the day I run out of ink. - Unknown
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. - Soren Kierkegaard
And GVC will probably Neg me for this, but I have never thought Milsap displayed an over abundance of proffesionalism or character. He has done just enough to get bye and mixed in an unhealthy dose of "I'm the starter", but I won't do media or fan engagements and don't ask me to be the leader.
The heart and relentless persona he has on the court is terrriffic, I wish he had it off the court too--That would be a 10+ million a year player.
No doubt the Jazz should have made a better offer initially (over whatever they put on the table). I don't disagree with that. But to publicly blast the Jazz and then openly say Millsap would rather play in Portland than remain in Utah shows tremendous disrespect by what are very "green" agents. It's not uncommon for FA's to shop the market. And that's the whole point of the "Restricted" part. It's part of the game. Hibbert did it this past season. Kudos to him. He got a fantastic deal. But his agent didn't rip the Pacers for making him sign the deal with Portland before they stepped forward to match. Lin did the same and NY didn't match due to the toxic clause that was inserted. Paul's agents worked with Portland to include a toxic clause, which they were almost certain would PREVENT Utah from matching the contract. They WANTED him to leave Utah. And that had to make the Millers and KOC pretty upset at the time. Maybe they've gotten past all that. Maybe all is forgiven and forgotten.
I never listen to the words a restricted free agent has to say about not matching the contract. I always assume that there is a handshake deal that obligates them to say something like, " I don't want my old team to match."
You can pay attention to it if you like, I tend to think it's more for show than anything.
GVC IS Sap's agent, now it all makes sense.
Millsap has averaged a little over $5mm in pay per season, has played through injuries multiple times (missing only 14 games in 7 seasons), adds something to his game every offseason, doesn't ever complain to the media, and is the Jazz's longest tenured player. Accusing him of not caring/disrespecting the fans/organization is idiotic.
Last edited by GVC; 02-20-2013 at 05:36 PM.
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nba--nb...030112108.htmlThe Nets' offer centered on forward Kris Humphries, guard MarShon Brooks and a first-round draft pick, but the Celtics want a more substantial package to consider moving Pierce, league sources said.
If Pierce could be had for that little then I'd pretend this squad has legitimate title hopes.
I remember the Jazz failure to offer Sap a contract was a very big deal at the time. More disrespectful than Sap signing a front loaded offer sheet not perfectly in tune with the Millers' budget.