Huh? The season before they signed Q, Q averaged 17.2/6/2 on 40% shooting at the age of 23. The season before the signed Q, JJ averaged 16.7/5/4 on 43% shooting at the age of 22. Those are pretty much the EXACT same numbers, with Joe having played one fewer year even at that point. And Q didn't do jack to lead his previous team to success so not sure why you brought that up as a reason to give him the deal and not JJ. Except the contract JJ wanted wasn't CLOSE to the Max. He wanted 5 years for 50. Sarver wanted 5 years for 45. He balked at a difference of a million dollars per year. he balked at 1 million dollars more per year on a 5 year deal for JJ. It was an idiotic decision then and still is mostly because he was not only going to get JJ, but he was going to get him for what turned out to be a freaking bargain. Even if he stayed just as 16.7/5/4, he would have been well worth 5 years for 50.