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08:18 AM ET 08.19 | A contract stalemate is likely behind Memphis hearing trade offers for its No. 12 overall pick, Xavier Henry. But Griz owner Michael Heisley insisted Wednesday that the team is only interested in signing Henry to a deal that will have him play in FedExForum this season. "I'm not looking to trade him just to trade him," Heisley said. "I'm not angry with him. I expect him to play. He's going to have an opportunity to play a lot, and we need him. So my reaction to this is I'm expecting we'll get something done and he'll play for us this season." Teams can pay players between 80 and 120 percent of an amount set by the league's rookie scale. The Griz have offered Henry 100 percent of that salary with the extra 20 percent tied to performance-based bonuses.

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August 19, 2010  08:51 AM ET

Is anyone else confused by this article?

August 19, 2010  09:26 AM ET

The problem is Memphis cause the other rookies 1 round picks are getting 120% contacts, but Memphis is trying to tie in the bonus say to making the NBA All-Star Rookie team for All-Star weekend.

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August 19, 2010  09:50 AM ET

Money doesn't grow on trees, Bro.

August 19, 2010  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Money doesn't grow on trees, Bro.

Yup. Take that money, sonny.

August 19, 2010  10:16 AM ET

It's not performance...it is playing time. He has to average a certain amount of playing time to get the bonus. So knowing how cheap Heisley is, he'll force him to sit just so he can save the $300K this season.

On the flip side, doing 120% would mean resigning him will have that money in there as well. They should have done this deal with Thabeet. Henry is way better.

August 19, 2010  10:20 AM ET

OKC #11 Cole Aldrich $2,126,520, TOR #13 Ed Davis $1,919,160,

so at #12 Xavier Henry should be about $2,025,000, well now IF Memphis is only offering $1,700,000 and the rest in Bonus money

we are talking #15 Larry Sanders $1,731,960 or #16 Luke Babbitt $1,645,440 range.

August 19, 2010  10:47 AM ET

Now that I live in Oklahoma this has something to do with his upbringing... just like Sam Bradford. Here, everyone is constantly focused on how much money you make and the image you put out through your cars and what neighborhood you live in...

It's really a shame. Kids here are taught to play sports only for the financial reward it provides... not the lessons in character or sportsmanship. Durant/Westbrook have done a decent job of beginning to turn that around, but still have along way to go.

August 19, 2010  11:01 AM ET
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if true, the 120% thrown at other rookies is just plain stupid. it's good to hear that some teams are willing to draw the line.

Exactly. Just because the other teams are making idiotic decisions doesnt mean the Grizz should follow. Let the bum sit out all season if he must. He will be flipping burgers in 2 years anyway.

August 19, 2010  11:02 AM ET

To get the bonus ;)

Participation in summer league. A two- week workout program with the team's training staff.

Satisfying one of the following: play in NBA rookie/sophomore game during ALL Star weekend, or earn an all rookie selection, or average 15 minutes in at least 70 games.

Greivis Vasquez, the #28 pick, also hasn't signed for the same reason.

The 2009 first round picks, Hasheem Thabeet and DeMarre Carroll, only had to agree to a workout program and summer league play to receive 120 percent of their respective rookie scale contracts.

August 19, 2010  11:52 AM ET

if you're dumb enough to draft thabeet that high, nothing you can do would surprise me.

August 19, 2010  12:33 PM ET
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if you're dumb enough to draft thabeet that high, nothing you can do would surprise me.

The Grizz are just one of many teams who would have picked him in that number 2 slot.

August 19, 2010  12:35 PM ET

Doesn't matter this guy is going to be a bust and his first year or two he will be a back up, so take the money and go on about your business son. The agents like to hype a players head and only think about their own pockets not whats best for the players.

August 19, 2010  12:57 PM ET
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The Grizz are just one of many teams who would have picked him in that number 2 slot.

memphis DRAFTED him #2 overall. it really doesn't matter what you THINK other teams might have done.

August 19, 2010  01:06 PM ET
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The Grizz are just one of many teams who would have picked him in that number 2 slot.

It's easier to forgive that than Portland taking Greg Oden. He and Sam Bowie are historic bookends.

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August 19, 2010  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Is anyone else confused by this article?

the pic makes it look like the ball just fell out of his poop chute and he enjoyed it.

August 19, 2010  03:01 PM ET

you suck maaaannnn!!!

 
August 19, 2010  03:02 PM ET
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Thabeet was mauled by Blair in college....why anyone would pick him anywhere in the first round...is beyond me...

I agree, Thabeet is too slooowww on his feet and the only way to keep up is to foul, that is why he picks up 5 fouls in only playing 10 min a game.

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