So what about Cam Payne?
Was anybody really anticipating a steal with this contract? I mean the rumor has been around $30 million for as long as I remember and his player option was higher. When you sign an All-Star I don't think anybody expects a steal. That fourth year was a bit of a surprise and I think before this contract is up he falls off the proverbial cliff. I really see this as a two year window.Espn+ has a piece about Paul's new deal. It mentions only $90 million is guaranteed. The new deal adds approximately $44 million in new guaranteed money to his deal, had he picked up his player option this year. When viewed that way, its a steal. Its not a bad deal anyway its viewed when considering only $90 million is guaranteed though.
Another thing it mentions worth noting it is could be flat, ascending, or descending. So it could be between $26.8 and $33 million this season. So talk of talk room we currently have is a guess and could be less than we believe. Taking a larger hit now would save tax money in the future.