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Saturday, November 30, 2013

The 3rd Man In Sounds Off: Bucks make $44 million mistake

Nothing seems to be going right for the Milwaukee Bucks as they sit in the basement of the NBA with a 2-13 record, while the face of the franchise sits at the end of the bench in street clothes.  Before the season began the Bucks decided to give Larry Sanders a $44 million extension, which begins next season, and this decision could not look any worse.

Although Sanders averaged a near double-double last season (9.8 PTS and 9.5 TRB), he has not produced anywhere near those numbers.  In fact he has been more productive at the local tavern then he has been on the court, as he has only played in three games due to missing time because of a bar fight.

After this incident he was required to have surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb, and will miss a total of six weeks to recover.  Not only has he had off the court problems, but also before the injury he complained publicly about the lack of minutes he was receiving.

Although he does some positive things on the court, his technical fouls and actions off the court will always cause everyone to wonder if the Bucks made the wrong decision locking Sanders up to a big deal.

While a Dennis Rodman personality could create some excitement among fans, he does not have the personality to be a leader on a young, rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks team.  It is early but already Larry Sanders has shown that the Bucks made a huge $44 million mistake.

What are your thoughts on Larry Sanders? Did the Bucks make a huge mistake? Leave your thoughts below.  

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

The 3rd Man In Sounds Off: Matthews not worth the money

In the offseason the Green Bay Packers made a move that will affect their salary cap and roster for the years to come.  They signed linebacker Clay Matthews to a five year, $66 million contract extension, making him the highest paid linebacker in NFL history!

While he is an excellent pass rusher, he is only an average player against the run, and can be a liability in pass coverage.  He deserved a new contract, but for a guy who misses games each season due to injuries, is not worth anywhere near the money he was given.  

Matthews has missed nine games over his five year NFL career, and when he has been absent, it hardly has affected the Packers at all.  In those nine games the Packers are 6-3, and have allowed about 22 points per game.  

Matthews is a good player, but he is not great, and he is definitely not worth anywhere near the amount of money the Packers are paying him.