kilpin wrote:Just a thought. Is there a realistic way We could front load a contract for Ibaka (maybe harder for Fred). I would have zero problems paying him much next year, but I would not want to overpay him from 2021 on. is it something feasible? Has it ever been Done?
Front loading does happen in the NBA. Its not super common but it does happen.
As far as Ibaka goes, I don't think that's going to happen. This is Ibaka's last big contract and his value is as high as its ever going to get. He's the perfect C for this modern movement in basketball and has proven productive both in the regular season and the postseason.
We could theoretically offer a 1 + 1 with a large amount of guaranteed money in the first year and a player option in the second but I have to imagine a few teams around the league will be offering 3 or maybe even 4 year deals (all guaranteed) at north of $20M. Better for him to take those offers seeing as the term of the deal will be more important than the salary.
Then there's the fact that we're probably a first or second round exit team next year as well...
In all honesty, I think Ibaka is gone. I said this earlier but knowing we weren't gonna win a chip this year, we should have moved him for something. Either way, the best we can hope for now is a S&T or he'll walk for nothing.