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MavsFanFinley
06-26-2003, 08:02 PM
Stackhouse signs two-year extension to stay with Wizards

By JOSEPH WHITE, AP Sports Writer

June 26, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rather than test the free-agent market, Jerry Stackhouse agreed to a two-year contract extension worth about $18 million with the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

Stackhouse had until July 1 to opt out of the final two years of his present contract, which is worth about $15 million. The new deal starts when the current one expires, committing him to the team for the next four years for about $33 million.

``Where the market stands right now, to be able to secure four more years going into my early 30s was an opportunity I couldn't pass on,'' Stackhouse said. ``It's like the first real commitment I've had from any team since I've been in the league.''

Stackhouse, acquired from Detroit in the Richard Hamilton trade a year ago, averaged 21.5 points last season, but he was unhappy with his role and was sometimes critical of Michael Jordan and coach Doug Collins.

Jordan is no longer with the team, and Collins was fired. Stackhouse said new coach Eddie Jordan was a ``major reason'' he decided to re-sign. The Wizards also are pursuing Milwaukee's Ernie Grunfeld to replace Michael Jordan in the front office.

Stackhouse realizes he'll be expected to be the team's on-court leader.

``I welcome that,'' Stackhouse said. ``Last year, with Michael being on the team, no matter what, he's always the focus. Now we're just moving on. We've got young guys. We've got a new coach. The possibility of bringing in Ernie Grunfeld. We're going in the right direction.''

mavsfanforever
06-26-2003, 09:52 PM
Good. I think Stackhouse does not have any value for any team to trade or pay him much. But Wizards is probably the only team in the NBA without a franchise player.

Mandyahl
06-27-2003, 12:01 AM
confirms what we thought would happen.

Nash13
06-27-2003, 03:29 AM
Originally posted by: mavsfanforever
Good. I think Stackhouse does not have any value for any team to trade or pay him much. But Wizards is probably the only team in the NBA without a franchise player.


You're forgetting about the Hawks, Bulls, Bucks, Nuggets, Clippers, New York, and Heat.

It almost seems like his status as a good player disappeared when he went to the Wizards.

mavsfanforever
06-27-2003, 07:53 AM
Originally posted by: Nash13

Originally posted by: mavsfanforever
Good. I think Stackhouse does not have any value for any team to trade or pay him much. But Wizards is probably the only team in the NBA without a franchise player.


You're forgetting about the Hawks, Bulls, Bucks, Nuggets, Clippers, New York, and Heat.

It almost seems like his status as a good player disappeared when he went to the Wizards.


Hawks do have Shareef Abdur Rahim
Bulls - You may be right.
Bucks- After Ray Allen trade, I am not sure.
Nuggets- You are right.
Clips- Brand
NY - Allan houston
Heat- Zo till now. But noone if Zo goes somewhere else.

Nash13
06-27-2003, 01:41 PM
MFF, as far as Atlanta goes, if your "Franchise Player" was talked about be traded for Robert Horry, then he's not a franchise player.

Clips- i don't quite think a Franchise Player should only make 4mil a year

NY- You may be right

signoftimes
06-27-2003, 02:46 PM
Allan Houston is a franchise player by default only. There is no one else around so they threw him a huge contract at him now they are stuck with it(4 more years $73 million).

I agree with the original assessment that NY has no franchise player(unless Mcdyess gets healthy)

thebac
06-27-2003, 03:45 PM
Originally posted by: mavsfanforever

Originally posted by: Nash13

Originally posted by: mavsfanforever
Good. I think Stackhouse does not have any value for any team to trade or pay him much. But Wizards is probably the only team in the NBA without a franchise player.


You're forgetting about the Hawks, Bulls, Bucks, Nuggets, Clippers, New York, and Heat.

It almost seems like his status as a good player disappeared when he went to the Wizards.


Hawks do have Shareef Abdur Rahim
Bulls - You may be right.
Bucks- After Ray Allen trade, I am not sure.
Nuggets- You are right.
Clips- Brand
NY - Allan houston
Heat- Zo till now. But noone if Zo goes somewhere else.

Maybe we should define what a franchise player is. To me, that's a player that would be at least second banana on a championship team, and a player who is good enough to be the best player on a winning team. If you've never been on a winning team, you're not a franchise player. If you've been on a lot more losing teams than winning teams, you're probably not a franchise player, either. If you're the best player on your team, and you've always been on a winning team, you're definitely a franchise player. With that out of the way:

Shareef is not a franchise player. His teams have never been good, either in Vancouver or Atlanta. He's an overrated player.
The Bucks do have Gary Payton for now. He's franchise player quality, albeit a bit old.
Allan Houston is not a franchise player. He's a very good player, that's it.
'Zo was a franchise player, but he wasn't the past three seasons, even when he managed to play.