therealdeal wrote:You guys are totally off-base. Monroe is a very talented young man and he's going to get near the max, if not a complete max deal, from someone. 6-8 million? No way. He's worth closer to 10 and you probably won't get him for that.
He's playing less minutes this year next two very good rebounders on a bad team and he's averaging almost what he did last season.
2014: 15.1 points 9.3 rebounds 2.0 assists 1.1 steals 0.6 blocks
2013: 16.0 points 9.6 rebounds 3.5 assists 1.3 steals 0.7 blocks
He's shooting 50.2% from the field and is only taking 12 shots a game to get 15 points. He's efficient around the rim, an above average passer, and he's got very good hands both offensively and defensively.
His cons: he's not a great leaper, he's not the greatest post defender or rim protector, and he's shown regression on his free throw shooting.
Overall the kid is only 24 or something and he's one of the better big men in the NBA already. I'd love to have him here and I'd be willing to pay a pretty good amount of money for him. Certainly more than 6-8 million.
Those stats are OK, but I'm looking at what the team is doing. If Monroe was a 10 million a year player along with Drummond and Smith, shouldn't they be at least in the playoff picture in the east? Looking at our roster, there are a few guys who put up good stats, but they aren't translating to wins obviously. At some point, shouldn't we be looking at impact? If a team has two max or near max-level bigs (Drummond and Monroe) shouldn't they have more than 27 wins in one of the worst conferences in the history of basketball.
And also, check the stats. He is averaging a half a minute a game less (33.2 to 32.7.) It's not like he has been reduced to riding the pine. Do we want to use 10 million of our cap on a player who will need to play center if we get Kevin Love? I'd rather get an Omar Asik type player to play center along side Love.
I suppose everything changes depending on where we draft. If we land Wiggins, then I guess Monroe isn't as bad as we hopefully have our wing of the future locked up cheap for 5 years. But if we're picking 6-8, I'd only go for him at 8 million or less.