Frank Lee wrote:A lot of thought going into the OObs next deal. The market is going to bare it out. He plays good, he’ll get paid.... he plays really good and is oobstramental in a solid season run, then he gets paid by us. I guess if you gotta move him for a tasty, sweeten the pot with at least a different position..... and not add a doobleganger. No risk almost win win move keeping him tho. Even if he tanks it or pulls up lamer... his deal falls of the books. The two other outcomes are just fine. He’s rollin 30 mins a night for me.
I will be surprised if he gets paid by us if he approaches or especially goes over $20 million. I can see one team MAYBE doing it if they have a big need on the wing, but with our guys on rookie contracts, and Bridges an obvious keeper, and a guy that will likely get paid, along with Ayton getting paid, I just don't see how we can spend $90 million or more on 4 players, especially when doubling up.
Now if he can even do 2 of the 3 following things....seeing the floor better and setting some guys up, passing to the best option when it's there; developing great team defensive instincts, or becomes a 40% 3 pt shooter, it's definitely a bigger chance we keep him.
Although a great team guy, he's made it pretty clear his biggest priority is taking care of his family (obviously in regards to money) and improving enough to earn that contract....and while those are worthy things, I think you can take care of your family at $14 million a year and put the team first. I do think he loves playing in Phx, and would love to stay here if he can get paid, but I think if he gets offered a few million more a year to go elsewhere, there is a very good chance he will.