Sunday , Dec , 28 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Boxing Week Refunds: Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis-Elton Brand-Corey Maggette, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, and Emeka Okafor

As I’m writing this column, millions are descending upon stores to participate in the post Christmas event known as the Boxing Week sales.
In today’s economic climate, most will look. Some will buy. And some will ask/argue for a refund on the gifts they received. What if NBA teams could do the same? Imagine a GM asking an agent of an under-performing player for a refund on some, or all, of their seven-to-eight figure contract? …

Boxing Week Refunds: Gilbert Arenas, Baron Davis-Elton Brand-Corey Maggette, Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, and Emeka OkaforAs I’m writing this column, millions are descending upon stores to participate in the post Christmas event known as the Boxing Week sales.

In today’s economic climate, most will look. Some will buy. And some will ask/argue for a refund on the gifts they received. What if NBA teams could do the same? Imagine a GM asking an agent of an under-performing player for a refund on some, or all, of their seven-to-eight figure contract? Even better, imagine fans asking ‘that overpaid bum’ to give back some of their inflated salary?

Of course, the Players Union and guaranteed contracts make this impossible. Still, in the spirit of Boxing Week, I listed several players who should refund part of their salary.

Gilbert Arenas …

Washington was thinking with their heart, not head, when they signed the charismatic Arenas to a six-year, 111 million dollar contract in July, even though the combo guard hadn’t fully recovered from two knee surgeries.

Before training camp, news broke that ‘The Hibachi’ would once again go under the knife. The former All-Star could recover from a third operation, but it’s unlikely he’ll ever be a 30-point scorer, which is what the Wizards hoped when they re-signed him.

Jose Calderon …

This summer, Toronto inked Calderon to a five-year, 45 million dollar contract and then traded co-starter T.J. Ford because they thought the little table-setter was a potential All-Star.

For now, they were wrong. The Spaniard makes great decisions, but his slow feet on defense and up-and-down play has been troubling. Toronto will miss the post-season if Calderon doesn’t raise his game.

Baron Davis-Elton Brand-Corey Maggette …

This summer, Davis left Golden State and signed with Los Angeles (Clippers) for five years and 60 million dollars. Brand, Los Angeles’ franchise face and a major reason why ‘B-Diddy’ headed south, accepted a max-money pact from Philadelphia. Maggette, Los Angeles’ controversial second option, then took Davis’ salary space and signed with Golden State for five years at fifty million dollars.

Don’t worry if you can’t follow this game of musical chairs. The key point: Davis, Brand, and Maggette are overpaid. All three are posting individual numbers, but the Clippers, 76ers, and Warriors are a combined 29-59.

Monta Ellis …

I’m not trying to throw Ellis under the bus (or moped). Clearly, he showed poor judgement injuring himself on a form of transport used by a teenager, not a point guard who just signed a 66 million dollar contract.

While Ellis has been out, the Warriors have regressed into the league’s most dysfunctional and disappointing team.

Emeka Okafor …

One the one hand, he averages a double-double, defends the paint, and is professional. On the other hand, he is undersized for the ‘five-spot’ and will never become a true first-option on offense.

Okafor, while valuable, isn’t worth the six-year, 72 million dollar deal he inked this summer. Worst off all, Charlotte overpaid despite there being little outside interest in their undersized post.

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