When did P.J. Brown become a franchise player?
I'm dumbfounded. I agree that the casual fan might have blasted the ownership if they let Brown go, but I also guarantee you Spurs fans would have had a coronary had they wasted $40 million on an overpaid 33-year-old defensive specialist.
Despite this siging, I still think the owners are cheap. The only reason they resigned Brown is the local connection (which they grossly oversetimate). PJ Brown is not a name the casual fan knows. He is NOT a primetime player. He is a role player, not a franchise player.
For the right price, he is an asset to any team. For $40 million, he is a cap killer.
It absolutely disgusts me to see us throw that amount of cash to a player that has the following:
1. Absolutely no back-to-the-basket game at all.
2. Coming off a horrible postseason.
3. 33 and looking it.
4. No chance of getting better.
5. For all the talk of him being a banger, plays incredibly soft at times.
These are just a few reasons this signing makes no sense. Brown is no better than a guy like Charles Oakley in his prime and IMO he's not as good.
Why throw so much money at him when guys, who IMO, are much better like Brad Miller are still out there? Yes, Miller is a C but I'm just making the point that we didn't HAVE to sign Brown.
The Hornets biggest weakness is an undersized 2-guard and scoring off the bench.
How did this signing help at all?
What was a smarter thing to do? I think we should have re-signed Moiso for a relatively cheap contract and paired him with West at PF. IMO Moiso is already a better player than Brown and he has something Brown does not- UPSIDE!!!!
If it flops so what? You didn't spend that much money. Resigning Brown says you don't have much confidence in West for one and it takes you out of the running for any other decent players like Maggette.
I would much prefer a PF tandem of West and Moiso with a SG like Maggette than Brown and Wesley.
This move says one thing- the Hornets are happy with the status quo. They are unwilling to take risks.
You know where that gets you? Another first-round loss in the playoffs. But who cares? They will draw decent and the owners can always claim they are competitive.
Finally, I am not chicken little. The Hornets do have some talent, but not as much as some on here want to think. We are a distant fourth in talent in the Eastern Conference now. Then again, so what? We will be getting slaughtered out west in a year.
The Nets, Pistons and Pacers are all much better and the Cavs will be screaming down our necks in a year or two. The Raptors might also have a nice comeback season.
I just don't think this was a smart siging for the future of the franchise. We are now stuck with an aging lineup with little hope of siging fresh young athletic players.
WE have NO athletes other than Davis and Alexander. If we lose Moiso we will be down to just two athletic players and we want to run? HA!
I hope this works out, but I think it was a mistake. Flame away.
We paid Brown like a difference maker which he is not. You pay $10 million to a player that takes over a game not a nice guy that can occasionally score you a double double.
Re: The state of the Hornets
Good post I agree. If we could get an athletic SG that can score, I would dump Mash in a heartbeat.
Originally posted by mark hannie
Here's how I see it.
Did we overpay P.J.? Barely, but the way our management sees it is we had to. As much as I hate to admit it we are not considered the most attractive destination in regards to NBA free agents. We don't know for sure what type of player Moiso and West are going to turn out to be. Since, we go to the west next year but better stack up.
We got the BEST PF that we could of via free agency. What seperates us from so many clubs in the east is that we have two
players that are 6'11 (and physical) manning our front line in Brown and Maglorie. The other front liner (3) made the all-star game last year. And last, we have a point guard that right up there with the best of them. I agree with many others that we need to upgrade the 2 spot. Not that I don't appreciate DW but since he can back up the PG and the SG and provide scoring off the bench it only makes sense to find another 2 to throw into the mix (man I wish Alexander would have worked out, but that hot dog pisses me off when he comes in the game and starts jacking them up). Remember how well Orlando did against us last year? That is because we need a more athletic backcourt (I wanted Reece Gain es) I am very glad we signed P.J.! But our backcourt needs more athletes. Let's trade Mashburn (since he is worth something, but isn't the best fit in the world; just a thought) for a studly, long-armed athletic shooting guard that can really guard somebody
Then we start Lynch and don't miss a beat. Plus, we'd be a much more solid overall team.
Mashburn does not fit well with Davis. They both need the ball, and I'd much rather have it in Davis's hands than Mash.