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Jerome James is Gone!

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/07/14/sports/basketball/14knicks.html?
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James, who played the last four seasons in Seattle, agreed
yesterday to a five-year deal with the Knicks, according to his agent.
Precise terms will not be set until the league completes its new labor
deal. But it was expected that James will earn about $5 million in the
first year of the contract, and $29 million over five years.

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So James is gone. I say don't let the door hit you. In spite of a couple of good games in the playoffs this past season, James is probably better suited as an anchor for the ferry than he is as a mentor for our young centers. The only skill he has is that he is big. Only in the NBA does that get you $29 million. I hope he does well in NY, but I really doubt it. NY was desperate for someone with some size, so the signing does make some sense, but not at that price if you ask me. But it's not my money I guess.

As someone said on another Sonics board, at least this takes the temptation away from the Sonics (for signing him).