Friday July 2 2010 – 1:01am Eastern – Cleveland, OH
Again, I’m on vacation, so I’m going to keep this brief.
Amir Johnson signs for 5 years and $34 million with the Raptors.
Is that a ‘bad’ deal for Toronto?
Well, the Raptors wanted him back. Toronto needed a guy that could help lessen the absence of Chris Bosh, and a guy that they don’t have to worry about ‘feeding’ very often on the offensive end either. Johnson is going to rebound and block shots and bring energy to the floor. That’s what the Raptors needed/wanted and they now have it.
On average, Johnson will earn about $6.8 million over the course of his 5 year deal. Given that he made $3.9 million last year, you had to know that he was going to get a raise. But the ‘haters’ have been coming out of the woodwork since Johnson’s deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports.
Many folks are saying that the Raptors paid too steep a price for Johnson. Some are calling bloody murder!
Listen … you’ve gotta relax and take a step back.
Again, after earning $3.9 million last year … looking at a bigger role (possibly as a starter) with the club … knowing that he still has ‘youth’ and ‘upside’ and ‘potential’ in his corner … Johnson and his agent were in a very strong position. And in the end, they got a very good deal – a $3 million raise!
However, when you really crunch the numbers … the deal isn’t THAT bad – if you’re honest with yourself!
Would you have been cool with Amir making $5.5 million? Are you really going to lose sleep over a guy making about $1 million more than you think he should?
Besides, as one of my regular followers on Twitter aptly pointed out, Johnson’s 5-year, $34-million deal is only 6.25% higher than the full mid-level exception. That’s nothing! A paltry 6.25% and some fans are ready to riot?!
I know folks are uneasy in Raptorland – and understandably so – after recent inflated deals for the likes of Fred Jones, Jason Kapono, and Hedo Turkoglu … but I’m not losing sleep over 6.25 per cent.
From Darko Milicic to Drew Gooden to Joe Johnson … everyone that cashed-in on Day 1 was technically ‘over-paid’. Thus, the market is obviously dictating what Amir – and others – got.