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New “Derrick Rose Rule” will make a few rookies rich(er)

Nov 27, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

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Players on their rookie deals remain one of the great values to owners — they get players who often can contribute a lot but at a fraction of the salary of a veteran who does the same thing. Those rookie deals remain untouched in the new collective bargaining agreement.

Except for one change — if you are an elite player you can make more in your second deal than your peers. And by “elite” we mean Derrick Rose.

Let us explain. Part of the new labor deal will allow rookies getting their second contract — which starts with their fifth season — to earn the new max of up to 30 percent of the salary cap (up from 25 percent). To qualify for the bump all they need to do is win an MVP award, get voted into the All-Star Game as a starter two times or twice in their first four seasons or get named to any level of the All-NBA teams in those four seasons, Tom Ziller points out at SBN.

The difference is about $3 million more a season.

To the joy of Jerry Reinsdorf, only Rose qualifies right now, Ziller reports.

However, if Russell Westbrook makes an All-NBA team this season he can as well (he will be offered a max extension by the Thunder on Dec. 9 and this super-max possibility will likely be written into the deal — which if he reaches it means he will make more than Kevin Durant). Kevin Love would need to win the MVP to qualify, Ziller says.

So, call this the Derrick Rose rule. But it is fair to pay guys who are franchise cornerstones a little more.

  1. redbear18 - Nov 27, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    I was hoping for something like this. The player gets fairly paid when he’s supposed to, and the owners get to keep their face of the franchise without breaking their backs with a hefty deal that may or may not be justified. Perfect.

  2. bengals513poster - Nov 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

    This makes sense to me, besides the typos.

  3. brooklynbulls - Nov 27, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    I’m all for it. Pay a player based on what he has achieved or accomplished instead what he’s expected to accomplish. The words “upside” and “potential” are the foundation of far too many undesereved contrracts.

    • donbp87 - Nov 27, 2011 at 10:04 PM

      Gilbert Arenas was paid on what he accomplished and he has one of the worst contracts in basketball. It has to be a balance between what they have accomplished AND what the GM thinks they will accomplish.

      • brooklynbulls - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM

        I thought my post pointed out that GMs already were paying players based on expectations. The issue is rewarding players prematurely, or even worse, those that dont deserve it. It’s about a better system for evaluating players so that we dont have the issues that triggered this lockout.
        And if GMs would wise up and stop rewarding players who step up their game in their “contract year”, we’d have a few less bad contracts out there.

    • donbp87 - Nov 28, 2011 at 8:46 PM


  4. asublimeday - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    He definitely deserves it, but that money could definitely be used for a shooting guard.

  5. mondzy805 - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:07 PM

    Pay D Rose. As a Bulls fan, he means more to Chicago than any other place he can go.

  6. therealhtj - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    If they really want to make it fair, they should let the 4th year be the players option, not the teams.

  7. bengals513poster - Nov 28, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    Brooklynbulls, that’s bull because if you make it to and play in any special elite game you were risking at an higher elite level, injury, and possibly you’re carrier pushing your body to it’s limits. So pay the people in timely fashion.

    • brooklynbulls - Nov 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

      Sorry but I dont understand what the hell you’re trying to say

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