PrimeThyme wrote:MPJ is still pretty unplayable in meaningful minutes come playoff time. He is a flat-out awful defender still. There is really no denying it.
They have a somewhat interesting decision to make with him. He only has one more cost controlled year left after this one.
He's a good enough scorer where they almost certainly are going to have max him (or come damn close) to retain him.
But that would be their third max contract *and* Gordon would be up for a new deal the same year.
If they don't win the title this year or next year, how comfortable will they be diving deep into the luxury tax to retain a core that may not be able to win it all?
Plus like you said, MPJ specifically is so poor defensively that the best teams in the league are just going to relentlessly put him in the action and take advantage of him.