I decided to start with RealGM. Why? Well, because it's RealGM. Chances are the last wildly speculative and completely unfounded NBA related rumor was started on their forums. No offense intented to the Toronto-centric community that contributes and trolls there. I'm just having fun. Thanks for posting my captions (extra thanks if you actually credited this site).
After hearing about the Amir Johnson signing, I knew right away it would be universally derided. Well, almost universally. If there was going to be one defender, it was going to be on RealGM.
Oh, lookie - Grading The Deal: Raptors Keep Amir Johnson by the otherwise sane Christopher Reina (who, in his defense "only" gave the deal a B-). Also, despite how the piece reads at times, Chris is not a homer of any team.
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For perspective, here are a few of the other 5-year deals in the league:
- Trevor Ariza $34 million
- Ron Artest $34 million
- Birdman $26 million
- Marcin Gortat $34 million
- Udonis Haslem $30 million
- Shawn Marion $38 million
- Jameer Nelson $35 million
- Joel Przybilla $32 million
- Charlie Villanueva $35 million
- Marvin Williams $38 million
Then again, this is the team that gave $21 million to Marcus Banks, $23 million to Reggie Evans, $40 million to Jose Calderon, and $53 million to Hedo Turkoglu.
You all can go back to calling Bryan Colangelo a genius now.