Map Those Cruelties

So Wallace is going back to Charlotte, which in itself is a feat of special. That J-Rich trade not only brought a viable first option to the Cha—it also proved they were ready to put forth their dollars. It also appears to have some kind of snake-charming effect on G-Wallz, who tonight resigned with them for an astoundingly low $57 mill for six years. It's well-known that you, me and Hollinger think Wallace is among the league's most underrated, but this is ridiculous. This is a franchise that last year drafted someone to clog Wallace's position, and now they do him the honor of bringing him back. . . for dollars on the euro?

If you were paying attention, there were at least five or six other teams campaigning for GW's services. And I can't imagine that none of them would've thought to offer more. I mean, dudes, Rashard Lewis just got a super-max of a contract, and as Ziller details, he does not compare favorably to Wallace. Or maybe it was the travesty of Lewis's contract that caused Wallace to suffer. Like every GM in the league suddenly caught a case of "don't get fooled again," or vowed to make the players pay for Shard's taking advantage of a desperate franchise.

It is here I would like to suggest what's most FD about this bizarro deal, and why Wallace only continues to climb in my rankings. We all know Wallace is from a town that's like Mario Williams-small, and as such, prides slowness, comfort, and familiarity. This would be total crochet bullshit if it didn't also involve a player who seems hand-built to tempt the NBA open market. In his game, Wallace is everything we expect of a money-hungry, inconsistent, spazz. Yet despite all that, he's so country he's lazy. It's almost like he was cool with losing several cars and houses if he could keep his same parking space, not have to move, and not have to fuck around with changing his cell number.

I think I've brought up urban-rural/rural-urban on here before. Still not sure which is which, but Gerald Wallace has made a major stride in one or both of them. Actually, this might be the point where the two collapse into each other.

Another distinctly FD thing about the Wallace news: There's a very good chance he's getting less than Darko himself. The Leader's reporting that Darko's going to Memphis, of course to dislodge Gasol. The man who named this site is supposedly getting (rough quote) enough more than the MLE that it's worth shouting out loud. So there is indeed a maximal possibility that Darko, albatross our group can never shed and never cease to help, is making more than Gerald Wallace. If you followed, that means that we have helped imprison Multiplicity himself.

Incidentally, I'll be absent from posting duties until Friday or the weekend. But in the meantime, I've got it on good authority that you'll hear some voices filling the two days of gap.


At 7/12/2007 1:16 AM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said...

Even before the Magic went from mildly overpaying Lewis @ $15 million to ridiculously overpaying him at $21 million, I thought his signing would increase Crash's value. Supply and demand, right? Young free-agent small-forwards are high in demand, and Lewis joining the Magic lowers their supply. One could argue that Wallace's value inexplicably decreasing is another in a long line of career anomalies, all of which make him compelling.

At 7/12/2007 2:08 AM, Blogger Brickowski said...

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At 7/12/2007 2:10 AM, Blogger Brickowski said...

No doubt the Magic overpaid, and maybe I have a poor understanding of this offseason's market, but my first reaction to the deal was "Good for Gerald!" You would think his agent should've been able to get it to an even $60, tho, instead of the kinda awkward $9.5 per. Still, almost 10 a year long term is a great deal for Wallace. His family is set for life.

Also, I know that Shard is older, but with Multiplicity's reckless style you have to believe his body has racked up the miles, and he misses time every year with various injuries. Last year was the first time Wallace has ever played in more than 70 games in a season. He played in 71 last year, but in four of his six seasons in the league he's played in 55 or fewer games in a season. Shard, with the exception of last year, rarely misses time, and had racked up seven straight years playing 70 or more games (and twice cracking 80). So if injury history means anything, the Cha can expect Gerald to miss some time, while the Orl should get 75 or so out of Shard.

And while I love GW, his offensive game is heavily predicated on transition buckets, oops and putbacks, while a team can reasonably expect to run an offense through Shard, ESPECIALLY if he's got a big man like God's Son drawing attention in the post.

At 7/12/2007 3:42 AM, Anonymous Moresports said...

I'll preface this by saying that I am a Bobcats fan, so where you see imprisonment, I see joy.

How is this deal so far-fetched? Granted, he didn't make as much money as Shard, but the scuttlebutt at the beginning of the free agency period was that it'd take around 10 million a year to sign him. He got a touch below that, but the ESPN article reports attainable bonuses of 2 million a year. If he continues to mature, he should have no problem hitting those.

I'm mostly just relieved. The past few weeks, I've literally refreshed my Gmail account every 15 minutes or so, hoping for a promising Google Alert on G-W. I don't really know how to describe how much the man staying on the team means to me.

The one NBA game I've ever attended in person was the December 27, 2006 game between the Bobcats and the Wizards. Wallace's line: 40 points, 14 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 blocks. Even in a game where Uncle Gil dropped 39, it was awe-inspiring. I dig the site, man, but this is one article you'll have trouble selling me on.

At 7/12/2007 3:51 AM, Blogger StevenSeagal'sKarateShop said...

Darko is getting seven mill per year and Wallace 9.5 with another 2 mill available in performance bonuses.

At 7/12/2007 5:15 AM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

I think Charlotte just made a great deal, but I'm not convinced J-Rich is a viable first option; he's not that creative and generally needed a lot of plays called for him to get his 20 average in Oakland. Probably makes them a playoff team some time in the next year or two, but I think it also locks them into that low-grade playoff seed until J-Rich goes off the books. I realize I'm not exactly addressing Gerald here, but why not resign him anyway, go with the College Star Jamboree for another year or two until you're in something approaching a Chicago situation (except fun instead of Skilesball), and then move the pieces for a bigger name. It just seems weird that they'd commit to patience and then blow a healthy chunk of the cap room on someone everyone agrees is overpaid.

But whatever, I'm still gonna enjoy watching them play, and Wallace continues to be the man.

I said this in the last thread, but Memphis is going to be the most exciting basketball city in the country next winter.

At 7/12/2007 6:34 AM, Anonymous padraig said...

ty: I feel you on J Rich 120%. Don't me wrong, I loved the dude, he's one of those cats you could always depend both to play his heart and, almost more important, to bust his butt working on his game in the off-season. So I don't begrudge him his remaining shortcomings (poor handle for a 2, low FG%, awful from FT) but isn't he essentially a slightly older Multiplicity with a slightly better 3 pt shot and nowhere near the same defensive aptitude? on the other hand, the team will be fun as hell to watch and this signing should keep Morrison where he belongs, buried in the 9th Ring of Charlotte's bench under MJ's watchful eye.

Love Darko to the Grizzlies and they didn't even overpay too badly. Seriously, they gave Brian freaking Cardinal a MLE so 7 mil/yr for a dude who is roughly 18 million times better isn't terrible. Now they can move Gasol or, given that Darko can protect the basket pretty well, they could even play them together.

Cosign on Memphis next year. Seriously-Derrick Rose, Darko, Lowry, Rudy Gay, Joey Dorsey's delusions of grandeur, John Calipari's slime-oozing veneer...it's bordering on illegal. With all due respect to the Wiz hopefully they'll trade JC Navarro to the Grizz and with the JC/Pau connection the insanity will be complete.

At 7/12/2007 9:13 AM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

i like that they kept him, since he'll keep being groomed for semi-stardom there instead of disappearing into the rotation. and the bobcats are now looking pretty fucking otherworldly on paper.

but what bqr said about the backwards valuation is right. and as i attempted to say in my post, wallace seems like exactly the kind of player someone would overpay for. if nothing else, the fact that several teams were interested means there should have been increase over "what it would take to sign wallace," since that's how the market works. so for gw to end up with his original, small market team, at less than "about what it should take". . . nice outcome, but a little strange.

hence my borderline offensive psycho-personal explanation.

and brick, i see your point about shard. but wallace is a two-way monster whose game is still growing on offense. shard has skills on one end, but no defense and "running the offense through him" is more a possibility than a plan.

plus, WELCOME TO THE NEW NBA. amare is a max player. only a few inches taller than wallace. and doesn't play defense. i just don't see how someone thinking creatively didn't get a total GM hard-on for wallace and give him a larry hughes-type deal, at least.

or maybe, like my theory on shard, larry hughes is exactly why they arent giving out those deals anymore.

At 7/12/2007 9:32 AM, Anonymous Geraldo said...

The thing that strikes me as a bit weird about the GW signing is that his agent let him take a deal for 6 years. For some reason, I feel like Wallace, as in many other facets of his his being, is the exception to the rule in that he might be best suited to take a shorter contract. He's 24 right now, so that will make him an even 30 when is contract is up and for a player so reliant on his athleticism and spasmodic instincts, it would seem like the obvious move would be to take a 4 year deal and then sign another big deal at 28. Instead, he'll hit the market as a 30 year jumper/slasher who may lack the wherewithal to hone those Robert Horryesque aspects of his game, thus severely limiting his value. I don't wanna give my man Wallace short shrift here, I just can't fathom him playing in any style but his own, which isn't particularly conducive to old age. Then again, dude has bionic arms so who the fuck knows...

At 7/12/2007 9:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7/12/2007 11:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well this offseason is becoming as anticlimatic as the playoffs were.
Nothing impactful has happened in the league yet. Allen from seattle to seattle east (boston)? nope. Randolph to New York? Nope, the knicks will still suck. Darko anywhere? changes nothing. Rashard to Orlando? not really. If you watch him play, he is a blank spot on the court. Hes the most unimpactful 20 point guy Ive ever seen. Rashard is good but he's maybe like a 3rd option on a good team. He's a weak defender. Just a rather unremarkable player getting numbers on a crappy team. Max deal?! They are out of their fuckin minds on that one. Wallace got paid about right for what he is, though Im rather dissapointed he's still in charlotte. Like you guys, Gwal is one of my favorites in the league. I think the writer hit it on the nose about him being country and basically doing anything to keep from change. Its just pervasive when you grow up in that kind of environment. God I hate rural america.

At 7/12/2007 11:24 AM, Blogger Josh said...

I wonder if the J-Rich move was similar (albeit much smarter) to the C's getting Ray Allen as a means to appease Pierce. perhaps MJ thought they'd need to prove their playoff-readiness to G-Dep in order to retain his services. Because otherwise I think Ty Keenan is right - next year's free agent crop is mega, and the 'Cats may have significantly lessened their chances to possibly pull Gil or KG or Elton Brand.

At 7/12/2007 2:07 PM, Anonymous tom said...

I can't say I've seen enough Bobcats to know Gerald's game (was there a single nationally televised Bobcats game last year?) but we should keep in mind that GW still falls into that category of athletic scorers who put up big numbers on a bad team.

He's in there with Joe Johnson, Al Jefferson, 05 Larry Hughes, 05 Bobby Simmons (remember him?), Michael Redd, and Shard to name a few. Is there really a huge difference between these players in terms of how much they can impact the game?

They're b-roll guys and can really only be considered a cornerstone of a franchise if the other cornerstone is Tim Duncan.

At 7/12/2007 2:14 PM, Blogger Bethlehem Shoals said...

not to be a dick, but if you haven't seen wallace play, you don't get how he impacts a game. for one, he's a defensive force who hustles a lot for an "athlete." also, he gets his point on dunks, putbacks, and curt slashes, which isn't exactly ball-hogging at its finest.

al jefferson is a creature in the post, and joe johnson is one of the best all-around guards playing today. but i'll agree with you on the others, even if for one year, it looked like hughes could be otherwise.

At 7/12/2007 4:06 PM, Anonymous iverson fan said...

Am I the only person that is getting annoyed at how many people just say, "_______ plays no defense whatsoever."

According to the internet, Bowen, Marion, Kobe, Artest, Quintin Ross and AK47 are the only non-bigs that have ever played any defense in the league.

People need to calm down with this shit.

I've been defending Rashard Lewis for 24 hours straight. It is getting annoying.

At 7/12/2007 4:07 PM, Blogger Ty Keenan said...

Josh: If they made a move to appease Gerald, wouldn't that suggest he's working from a position of strength and could get a much bigger contract than he did.

Agree with everyone who's said that's the crazy part of this deal. Geraldo makes a good point about the length of the contract, although it's possible that his injury history made him want to be positive he'd get paid for a while.

At 7/12/2007 7:42 PM, Anonymous paper tiger said...

tangentially... bobcat logjam plus d thorpe soothsaying equal drastic career fortune divergence for the forever linked morrison and redick?
get ready for the features.

At 7/12/2007 9:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

paper tiger just blew my mind!

At 7/13/2007 3:19 PM, Anonymous Chg said...

11:07 Anon-Thanks. It's people like you that allowed Charlotte to get a relative deal on Wallace.

I imagine I wouldn't care for your urban home much either. The difference is I was taught better than you, so I'd keep it to myself.

At 7/14/2007 12:20 AM, Blogger Ben Q. Rock said...

Tom, the Bobcats were nationally televised at least once; they faced the Magic on TNT and embarrassed them. I think Sean May posted a double-double, and that doesn't count the Krispy Kremes he had postgame.

When will the freemarcin domain be taken?

At 7/14/2007 4:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has it crossed anyone's mind that maybe he took less money because he didn't want to handcuff the team by making them burn all their money?

Maybe every player in the NBA isn't a greedy, in it for the money, athlete. Ever thought of that?

Wallace always says he likes it in Charlotte, believes in the direction of the team, the front office, etc. They played their cards right. They built thru the draft for a few years rather than overspending on players when they would be in the bottom of the East their first couple years regardless. Now that their young talent and Wallace are on the rise, they pick up another weapon with JRich to get them a step closer.

Maybe Wallace took a few mil less a year because he wants to win some basketball games over the next 6 years. $9.5 mil is a huge amount of money to be making, forget his market value, he did. He's set for life and his team will still be able to make some moves. He wanted to stay in Charlotte and he wants to win.

They're still about $10mil under the cap. They have some rookie contracts up for extentions in the near future (Okafor and Felton most importantly) and the team and Wallace both know they will need to be extended to keep the team's core in tact. Walter Herrmann will be a FA next off-season too, so they may want to bring him back too.

They probably won't have the money to sign a 20 million dollar player next year, but they don't need to. They've potentially got Felton, JRich, Wallace, Okafor and Carroll locked up to play together for AT LEAST 4 more years. They're all still young, hardworking, improving, and if they can develop some chemistry by playing together for that long, you might see a Bobcats championship run down the road.

It's not as complicated as many of you are making it out to be. Wallace is a great basketball player and a great guy. Which is the case with the entire team. None have big egos, none have attitude problems, none are selfish. They've made a point to bring in guys like that and it's going to pay off for them.

This is a throwback team. They don't fit the stereotipical NBA squad. Not one player came to the NBA out of high school. Many of the players won national championships in college. (JRich, Okafor, Felton, May, Voskuhl?) and many almost did or where just great college players (Morrison, Dudley, Hollins).

I've hated the youth movement of the NBA the past decade. A few great have come from high school, but far too many roster spots and high draft picks were wasted for no reason. I love that the Bobcats have made an effort to build their team with high character guys that have a will to win and know how to do it. They'll figure out how to do it in the NBA, just give them a couple more years...

Oh yeah, props to MJ!

At 7/17/2007 1:50 AM, Blogger Justin said...

So when the Magic buy Lewis out of his insane contract in a few years, will he go to the Spurs or Suns? Portland possibly?


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