NBA Roundtable

Suns Sign Warrick

In Free Agency on July 2, 2010 at 1:51 pm

The Arizona Republic reports

The eight-year Amar’e Stoudemire era in Phoenix is apparently over.

Stoudemire declined a five-year Suns offer that could have been worth up to $96.6 million, prompting the Suns to quickly secure free agent power forward Hakim Warrick with a four-year agreement worth as much as $18 million.

The article continues

Warrick played four seasons with Memphis before being with Chicago and Milwaukee last season. Warrick, who turns 28 on Thursday, has averaged 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in 21.5 minutes per game for his career.

“Hakim is finally going to be in an up-tempo situation that is perfect for his skill set,” said Warrick’s agent, Bill Duffy, whose agency also represents Suns players Steve Nash, Leandro Barbosa, Goran Dragic and Earl Clark. “You just can’t think of a perfect fit. What you hear in the NBA is all people want to play with a point guard like Steve Nash or Rajon Rondo.

“I think there’s an opportunity for him to play a significant role and continue the ascension to a championship.”

On the contract

Warrick will make $4 million in each year of his contract but could make an extra $2 million with playing time incentives.

The Contract

So, a flat contract worth $4 million each year with $500k of incentives per annum.

I thought the $3 million Milwaukee paid Warrick last season was a good price range for him. This offer is a bit higher and too high for my tastes. I think it’s poor value for money.

Talent Wise

Hakim Warrick is a nice scorer off the bench but a liability defensively and on the backboards.

Although, Warrick did show good improvement defensively, for the first time in his career, last season with the Milwaukee Bucks. I have an inkling he is going to walk all that improvement back once he lands in Phoenix though so I am going to continue referring to him as a liability.

Warrick is a mediocre backup power forward. A decent complementary player who needs too many touches for a role player and doesn’t contribute enough outside of scoring for my taste.

I expect Warrick to play at a comparable level in Phoenix as he did in the past but to get more credit for his work now than before.

Summary

I wouldn’t have made this signing if I were Phoenix. I think it’s a bad move.

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