May as well be the one to post it.
4yrs/42M. Pretty ballin' deal. Gallo could have played the money game, waited till FA, and pounced on free agency, amidst desperate teams like the Nets.
About half of Melo's annual salary, fwiw.
You have to wonder about what could have been:
Moz, Douglas, Shumpert, Novak off the bench. And a 2012 1st rounder.
I'll just say it. That is the best team in the NBA. And as "homegrown" and fun as even OKC.
4year (minimum) prime, of upper crust contention.
The stank of James Dolan lives on, as we still continue to navigate our franchise and roster to something resembling a complete NBA team.
The X-Factor are any relevant CBA changes.
Felton = 8M (who would be expiring at the end of this season)
Chandler = 2M (likewise)
That right there would equal Gallo's salary in the deal he signed.
Melo is getting paid 18M.
So, re: D-Will, if we traded for him (vs Melo), we'd obviously be unloading extra salary, and that 18M would be a wash...
Assuming we didn't trade (and I don't think it's implausible, given how easily he got dumped to NJ, though we'd of course lose Fields in that arrangement),
We'd be signing him in the off-season, and his salary would obviously be lower than the 18M.
How could we not have Gallo and Chandler?
Let alone Gallo and Chandler and D-Will under these circumstances?
I'm not taking into account us taking on Billups' contract, too, but if anything that should represent extra space, no?
I could see us *maybe* being a few million off in being able to get all of them, but could also see us finding a way to shed that few milly (or getting D-Will or Gallo to take a paycut, eg).
He'll come back in place of Melo in 3 or 4 years...
So we can all agree that trading for Melo put us into that ****storm?
"Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand."