The Wizards seem content to keep Otto Porter’s ridiculous contract. They had Oubre on the cheap and were giving him big minutes here and there. Puzzling for sure but looks like that whole organization is a mess as well. I agree he won’t be a Sun past this year. I hope a playoff team picks him up
@jayballer73 Gooden going pro after his junior year prevented us from winning it all I have no doubt. 3 productive NBA players as seniors, which it would have been that year, all playing together would have made that team an all time great team in my opinion.
Here is a link to the trade which was royalty screwed up along the way. Oubre was the 6th man for the Wizards and had started a number of games and playing well and might be a starter for the Suns competing directly with Jackson who had several good games lately.
Oubre is a bargain at his current rookie contract of $3.2M while Rivers and Ariza are likely overpaid at $12.6M and $15M. Oubre has better stats than Ariza. Selden ended up not being traded after all and he is relatively inexpensive insurance at $1.5M. Mason is the lowest paid Kings player and at $1.3M he is inexpensive insurance when the only other PG on the team other than Fox is Ferrell and Fox has been somewhat injury prone. I can see McLemore being let go before Mason; he just does not play much and he has a $5.5M contract.
Weird to talk about athletes making millions as a bargain when the average fan struggles to make a mid 5 figure salary.
OH ya I remember Otis. - -Have a hard time remembering time frames on some past players. - -Thanks for sharing this with others , cool to know his son plays for George Mason? - -that’s pretty cool. - -ROCK CHALK ALL DY LONG BABY
@BShark What is not being spoken in this discussion is the marketing of players at KU. There is a definite TV payoff for playing at KU where people know you, recognize you, and follow you. Now, simply playing here does not mean you’ll automatically be drafted, but getting publicity never hurts. If Billy had been a double digit scorer on a Final four team, he might’ve gotten more looks.
Exactly what I was thinking. The NBA drafts on potiental. Preston wasn’t able to display his upside so he slipped well out of the first round. With a little productive play at KU (or Duke or Kentucky) and he likely would’ve gotten a guaranteed contract.
The idea in the NBA will be to use young guys in the G League unless there are injuries or ineffectiveness from veterans. Young players need to play. In the past, there wasn’t that opportunity in the NBA, but that is happening in the G League, along with the fact that there are more practices in the G League than the NBA due to the NBA travel schedule.
Devonte will spend most of this year in the G League, but I fully expect him to be in Charlotte to start next season.
@kjayhawks Yeah, Joel is amazing. I went to the first game that year with the intentions of being blown away by Wiggins. Instead I couldn’t take my eyes off of Embiid. He is truly a transcendent talent if some guy like me can see it from day one!
Ben has been unlucky going from one bad team to another and then back to the really bad one. He has been a great KU ambassador and has done a lot of good work off the court. Condolences to him and his family.