August 12, 2010
Unguaranteed or partially guaranteed final seasons are becoming quite the trend in the NBA, and they are quickly replacing team options. In fact, there are only 11 team options in the entire league, belonging to Chase Budinger, Jermaine Taylor, Andrew Bynum, Sam Young, Andres Nocioni, Hakim Warrick, Goran Dragic, Pooh Jeter, Francisco Garcia, Solomon Alabi and C.J. Miles. In contrast, there are so many partially or fully unguaranteed contracts in future years that I can't be bothered to go through and list them all. And considering the length of this post, and all the things I could be bothered to do, that should signify something.
July 14, 2010
Taylor didn't have much playing time in his rookie year, appearing in only 303 minutes. He also didn't show much ability to play point guard; it wasn't what they drafted him to, but it would have been a welcome bonus to his game. Taylor is undersized at 6'4, but very athletic and very strong, which makes up for it. He can shoot from outside and drive to the basket - albeit with very little in between - and defends his position aggressively and effectively, despite his height disadvantage. Houston paid $2.5 million for his draft rights and then gave him a four year contract, so he is a lock to be back.