Who knows when the NBA lockout is going to end.Â However when it does, the NBA will resume its annual free agency period and though it's not the free agent class of 2010, the fact that there will be NBA news to report in a short period of time could create some free agency-frenzy! In that frenzy are a few players worth noting looking for new contracts. PASPN will looks at those players over the course of the lockout and what they could expect once the free agency period resumes.
The top players in Rodney Stuckey's 2007 draft class including Kevin Durant, Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Mike Conley Jr, and Jared Dudley have already signed their contract extensions prior to the 2010-11 season. The Pistons still have the $3.9 million-dollar qualifying offer (QO) on the table and have not had any more statements regarding aÂ contract extension since last July. Not being offered a contract extension could be in part because the Pistons were going thru a sale and froze all transactions that would change the terms on a pending sale of the team.Â With a new ownership group and head coach, the Pistons have their organization structure is in place and can nowÂ focus on their player personell.
According to PASPN Contract StatsTM, Rodney Stuckey's 2011 contract extension value is 4 years $27.7 million dollars guaranteed with $6.4 million starting. Had Stuckey been offered a contract extension before the start of the 2010-11 season, his contract extension value would have been roughly four million dollars higher at 4 years,Â $31.1 million dollars guaranteed with $7.4 Million starting. The Pistons will wait to see what the market brings them however if the Pistons do not lock him up when the lockout ends, a new coach along with a contract year could pave the way for a great year from Stuckey causing his value to go back up.
Current comparable players to Stuckey's on court performance include Mike Conley Jr, Ramon Sessions, and Jose Calerdon. Both Sessions and Calderon have two years left on their current contracts that pay them $20.3 million and $8.8 million dollars respectively, however when their contracts are up, Calderon is projected to take a huge pay cut whereas Sessions is looking for a bigger contract if his second half performance carries over to the 2011-12 season.
Conley Jr has 4 years and $30 million dollars with $6.7 million due this season and Conley is the more polished player amongst the two making Stuckey's 2011 contract projections not far off his expected contract extension.
Tayshaun Prince is another one of Stuckey's teammates looking for a new contract. His projected new contract is a 4-year $20.3 million-dollar deal with $4.4 million starting 2011-12. Prince made $11.1 million dollars last season.Â Depending on which team he ends up on if not the Pistons, Princes value can go either way depending on his role. If he joins a top 3 contending team, he may play spot minutes however if he joins an up and coming team somewhere like New Jersey then his play will increase making his projected contract a great bargain.
- Ngozika Nwaneri
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