That's a lotta dough. Why would he turn down 4 years/52 million on a team that is a contender? I'm not gonna count other people's money or anything, but he's probably going to end up on a lousy team if he expects to get more than 10 mill per year.
They have the ability to pay though. They're just playing hard ball trying to draw sympathy for the small market excuse. They've been selling out the past three if not four years, have yet to even had to pay luxury tax up to this point so it's not like they've been shelling out money this whole time, been to the playoffs the past couple years which is additional revenue drawn from the home games, and have the ability to field a contender from years to come which will draw in additional attention and marketing abilities. Other small market teams have paid the luxury before. I don't want to count another man's paycheck either but I feel like he's justified to take his dues, even though I don't think he's even better than jeff green, just kinda lucked out with the additional touches with him being removed from the team. But it could be argued that he's not getting the stats he could be getting because he's playing third wheel, I don't know. I just think they should pay him, get it over with, and focus on getting back to the finals otherwise they could be fu*king up a once every 20-30 years type of situation.