I've said it as much as I can, but ESPECIALLY with this new underclassman combine thing they have going that doesn't affect eligibility in college, the NBA and NCAA need to move towards a football/baseball style rule. I'd say go right away or play 2 years. The only exception to the 2 year rule would be any underclassman voted in the top 3 for POY or who wins one of a select few end of year awards (MOP of the tourney, Cousey, etc.) could declare for the new COMBINE and IF they still hold up to real pro talent they are allowed to go into the draft. Those who just want money can go play in Europe or China, the HS studs and one and doners can find out immediately if they really have the right stuff and those who don't have to hone their craft in school just like the rest of society. I feel like part of the move to force kids to go to college for a year was to prevent the high school busts from happening as much but all it has done is delay most of them a year and really push a LOT more college freshmen to leave. Its highly watered down the pro ranks as well as the college game and you are still getting relatively unchallenged and under experienced projects that you HOPE have the talent down the road. *coughVONLEHcough* None of it is helping either the NBA or NCAA and is wasting fan and teams money on players that bounce around and get pushed out of the league with no real production or value to show for it. This "me first", "instant gratification", "everyone gets a trophy", "I'm mommy's favorite" bullshit has to stop and lets get back to what made both these levels of this game GREAT.
I understand the arguments for lump sum vs payout and totally agree with it the majority of the time and as someone who, I believe, could control myself with millions of dollars. However, in a day and age where professional athletes and flash in the pan millionaires like musicians, celebs, etc. are usually broke within 5 years of losing the spotlight this is an absolutely BRILLIANT move. Nothing in any of this prevents him from getting millions on his first contract (because he did) or a second, third, fourth contract should he have gone that far. He simply took a little less money off of an early contract to ensure that he was set up for LIFE. How genius is this move if he tears his ACL his rookie year and is out of football forever? Hell, how genius is this move if the guy did run through all his millions right after football, all he has to do is wait until January and obviously get better financial advisement. His entire future is bought and paid for though. Bravo Sir, Bravo.
I'd have taken the picks and run. We need loads of help with all of these expirings and as crappy as we always find a way to be. We never catch a break with the lottery balls... it was time to use a few picks this year and then move up a few spots next year with some extra 1sts, players etc. to grab a REAL STUD and not one of these late lotto wannabe's we are known for drafting.
I give up.... so many guys that look like solid prospects and potential studs and we are walking away with Frank the tank and 2 future second rounders. We did nothing tonight and did not make any significant difference in this squad going forward...after mortgaging our first round pick last year for a one year rental this year I was really hoping we would make some sort of splash, instead we sat in the corner making fart noises.