Giannis vs Ayton / Middleton vs Bridges

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I just happened to be thinking about Khris Middleton and Mikal Bridges at the same stage of their 3-year career and it's remarkably similar. See link below.

Does this give us a clue how much Mikal Bridges should be paid?

After two seasons Middleton earned a 5-year $70 million contract and later on inked a a 5-year, $177.5 million contract.



i think you have to count a little for inflation. 5 years 80 million sounds reasonable to me. Maybe 85 million.
 

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i think you have to count a little for inflation. 5 years 80 million sounds reasonable to me. Maybe 85 million.

I've seen a lot of 4-year estimates on Bridges ranging up to 4/$100 million.

I'm thinking a 5-year contract would have to be for the maximum?

A 4-year $88 million contract sounds close. Then a player option in the final year plays into the equation which could effect final price.
 

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We can only offer 5 years with a max salary otherwise 4 years is the longest contract we can offer. 4 years/80 million is fair. I'd be surprised if its higher than that given how well JJ has handled negotiations thus far.
 

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I've seen a lot of 4-year estimates on Bridges ranging up to 4/$100 million.

I'm thinking a 5-year contract would have to be for the maximum?

A 4-year $88 million contract sounds close. Then a player option in the final year plays into the equation which could effect final price.

Are you suggesting we give Mikal an out after 3 years? I'd rather overpay a little than allow him a player option.

I've seen a player or team option suggested in an Ayton max and I can agree with that. Especially if we had the option for year 5 at max money. That could help us.
 

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Some spontaneous thoughts about extensions for Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.

I think the Suns are in the position where they almost have to give Deandre Ayton a 5-year max extension which I understand is worth about $168 million. He is the #1 overall first round pick in the 2018 draft and in this market I think he is worth it.

Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have all received max extensions.

I'm less sure about how much to pay Mikal Bridges but he is a must signing as well. If the Suns can sign him for something like a 4 year extension at $88 million I'd probably go that high without a player option. Hopefully it will be less.

I guess the Suns could wait until Bridges is a RFA but I think they are likely to get a better deal on him now. Something like 4 years/$80 million would be a sweet deal.
 

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Some spontaneous thoughts about extensions for Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.

I think the Suns are in the position where they almost have to give Deandre Ayton a 5-year max extension which I understand is worth about $168 million. He is the #1 overall first round pick in the 2018 draft and in this market I think he is worth it.

Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander have all received max extensions.

I'm less sure about how much to pay Mikal Bridges but he is a must signing as well. If the Suns can sign him for something like a 4 year extension at $88 million I'd probably go that high without a player option. Hopefully it will be less.

I guess the Suns could wait until Bridges is a RFA but I think they are likely to get a better deal on him now. Something like 4 years/$80 million would be a sweet deal.
In this market after his playoffs? Ayton is getting a MAX deal. If not by the Suns then by someone else. That is the market for someone who played like he did in the playoffs. Bridges is an important cog on a winning team so if you want those types of players you have to pay. The Suns just have to decide if they want to be perennial winners or a turn style for talent that goes elsewhere contently in either rebuild or retool mode. The team has enough core talent to keep retooling for the near future and keep making runs.
 

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Here is a compilation of defensive plays by Mikal Bridges this past season. It's worth the look.

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I think Mikal Bridges is starting to realize how good he is athletically and applying it in game action. Those steals and blocks are amazing not to mention how good he is at finishing plays. Also he seems to be dunking more than ever before and with such ease.
 

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we really didn’t handle the pressure well in three fourth quarters of tight games.

Yeah. As much as we talk about small ball and injuries and Scott Foster... when it comes down to it, in games 4 and 5 we had the ball in the final minute with a chance to go ahead and on both occasions we dribbled into traffic and lost the ball. Our ball movement offense went out the window and we tightened up. It's no knock on the incredible run we had, but we needed to execute better in the final moments.
 

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Yeah. As much as we talk about small ball and injuries and Scott Foster... when it comes down to it, in games 4 and 5 we had the ball in the final minute with a chance to go ahead and on both occasions we dribbled into traffic and lost the ball. Our ball movement offense went out the window and we tightened up. It's no knock on the incredible run we had, but we needed to execute better in the final moments.

Don't you think having an inside player other than Ayton would have helped in those situations (or perhaps even helped the Suns avoid those situations in the first place)?

Put Bobby Portis on the Suns rather than the Bucks, and the Suns win that series in 5, maybe even 4.
 

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Don't you think having an inside player other than Ayton would have helped in those situations (or perhaps even helped the Suns avoid those situations in the first place)?

Put Bobby Portis on the Suns rather than the Bucks, and the Suns win that series in 5, maybe even 4.

I think one of the biggest factors in our favor was our ability to spread the court. Another true interior player and it negates half of what Paul and Booker do with their penetration game. Put Portis out there instead of Crowder and we are almost certainly a WORSE team.

It would have been nice of Saric hadn't blown out his knee and if Patrick Beverly hadn't attempted to murder our back court. But in your world those injuries don't matter while Will Barton missing one of the 4 games in our sweep of Denver totally invalidates our victory.
 

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I think one of the biggest factors in our favor was our ability to spread the court. Another true interior player and it negates half of what Paul and Booker do with their penetration game. Put Portis out there instead of Crowder and we are almost certainly a WORSE team.

It would have been nice of Saric hadn't blown out his knee and if Patrick Beverly hadn't attempted to murder our back court. But in your world those injuries don't matter while Will Barton missing one of the 4 games in our sweep of Denver totally invalidates our victory.
There were long stretches where we shot jumper after jumper after jumper. One of the best weapons we have is our guards going to the free throw line. They MUST be able to drive and pick up fouls to get to the line. They took that away from us and it hurt big time. Especially, when the clock was an issue.
 

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There were long stretches where we shot jumper after jumper after jumper. One of the best weapons we have is our guards going to the free throw line. They MUST be able to drive and pick up fouls to get to the line. They took that away from us and it hurt big time. Especially, when the clock was an issue.

And THAT is why we need another inside scorer...so we aren't so dependent on jump shots, particularly where the only real slashers we have are Booker and Nader.
 

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I think one of the biggest factors in our favor was our ability to spread the court. Another true interior player and it negates half of what Paul and Booker do with their penetration game. Put Portis out there instead of Crowder and we are almost certainly a WORSE team.

It would have been nice of Saric hadn't blown out his knee and if Patrick Beverly hadn't attempted to murder our back court. But in your world those injuries don't matter while Will Barton missing one of the 4 games in our sweep of Denver totally invalidates our victory.
BUT! Power Forward.
 

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BUT! Power Forward.
How does that invalidate the need for PF exactly? I mean there is zero doubt in my mind had we had a higher impact PF coming off the bench or even two way player that could play PF/C I have zero doubt we stand a better chance against the Bucks. It in a couple games would have allowed Crowder or Ayton to go to the bench and prevented the Bucks from keying on our guards all the time or playing the shooters.
 
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