Hinrich's salary goes down 1/2 million each year, so the 50+ mil. they offered Ben was more than Hinrich's contract.<quoted text>
First of all, they offered him $50 million dollars.
Second, you asked the question about Hinrich. Averaging 15-17 ppg as a starter with Gordon on the team, and plays defense, do I think he's a star. No, I don't! But if that's your basis, how do you explain paying Gordon less than you pay Hinrich, when CLEARLY Gordon has more impact and value to the success of the team? You, being the Bulls, set the bar. You pay Hinrich $10,000,000 a year! Now BG's supposed to accept equal or less? It's a MARKET BASED system. The Bulls set the market. BG's a better player, and he's proved that. So now he's wrong to want more? I don't get that argument.
It has nothing to do with being a "Star". It has everything to do with "value". Why would the Bulls pay Hinrich that kind of money, knowing you just drafted BG, a guard, third overall? Did they not think he would become as valuable as he has? Or were they hoping that? Taking all of that into consideration, YES, I can see how BG would think that the Bulls are low-balling him. But again, if they don't believe he's worth it, it sure looks like they're many teams that want his services. Pistons, Rockets, Lakers, Raptors, Knicks, etc... That's why I started this by saying I hope they let him go.
Yes, a 16 ppg player with a complete game has more value than a 20ppg scorer who can't do anything else.
And you really can't think the Bulls drafted a player 3rd hoping for him to fail, could you?