Sunday , Oct , 07 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Could Ben Gordon’s Demands For $70 Million From Chicago Bulls Upset Luol Deng & Kirk Hinrich

Yesterday, Gordon reiterated that he wants $70 million from Chicago. This is troubling because the Bulls are an ensemble cast, who share the rock. Gordon, through his demands, is saying he’s more important to the team’s success than Kurt Hinrich, who received $47 million, and Luol Deng, who is also negotiating an extension …

I agree with NBA TV broadcaster Rick Kampla. During Boston and Toronto‘s pre-season game in Rome, Kampla picked the Chicago Bulls to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals.

I’m also bullish on. And I have no concerns with their on-court play. I am, however, concerned with recent off-court developments.

Two months ago, high-scorer talked about wanting respect from the Chicago Bulls. On the surface, nothing is wrong with that. We all want Motown-style R-E-S-P-E-C-T from our employer.

Dropping an "I want respect" to reporters, while negotiating a contract extension can lead to trouble. In fact, it typically leads to a scorched earth, nuclear battle between the team’s GM and the player’s agent. That’s not a worst-case scenario, though. Successful teams often have a little front office-player beef.

Yesterday, Gordon reiterated that he wants $70 million from Chicago. This is troubling because the Bulls are an ensemble cast, who share the rock. Gordon, through his demands, is saying he’s more important to the team’s success than Kurt Hinrich, who received $47 million, and Luol Deng, who is also negotiating an extension.

The Bulls are in an impossible situation. They’re built around Deng, Gordon, and Hinrich and one young star can’t make significantly more money than the others. Paying Gordon his $70 million could frustrate Deng and Hinrich. And taking a hard line with Gordon could frustrate their instant-offense two-guard.

Again, I agree with Kampla. The Bulls have all the tools to go deep in the playoffs. They just have to settle their salary structure.

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