Originally Posted by foodguy
I don't think either of us are going to convince the other RFX, but I think offhand you can point to more instances where players passed on money to win championships than you can where they passed on money to play with their buddies. not saying it hasn't happened, but when you're talking about a situation where even a bit of a bump means millions of dollars ... these guys have bills to pay!
That is why I said it is more rare to pass up more money for a championship and be with your friends, that situation only happened once that I know off, the Heat 3. Again I never said one is better than the other but for that chance to kind of all line-up, it's great. In the end though Harden does get to sacrifice money while KD and RW doesn't but when those two signed their max contract, I am not sure OKC knows how good Harden would be, He wasn't 6th man til last year and has improved but I am not sure OKC would have predicted he'd be superstar caliber when RW & KD got offered max contract. I guess it's just a case of coming late to the party?
The Ibaka signing is probably the biggest thing though but then again a serviceable, legit big man in the league is pretty rare especially since Ibaka is a DPOY candidate and McGee gets paid $44mil/4yrs, Deandre Jordan $43mil/4yrs and a much older Chandler gets $58mil/4yrs. So I guess in comparison and what other teams are offering, OKC almost had no choice to keep Ibaka.