Emeka Okafor’s contract has been a hot topic on this site for a long, long time. Too long in fact. While most of you appreciate Okafor defesive capabilities, the contract still proves bothersome. For good reason too, he’s due a whopping 12.5 million dollars next season which then escalates to 13.5 then 14.5 by the year 2013/14.
My question is, under a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, could the Hornets restructure his contract, perhaps even making it more affordable?
A while back we talked about the Amnesty Clause and whether Okafor was a prime candidate. We came to the conclusion that using it on Emeka was unlikely mainly due to the rule that the team had to release that player into free-agency before they were allowed to have another crack at him.
Cutting some of the dollars off of Emeka’s contract is essential if this team is to build around Chris Paul. While he brings outstanding defense and good rebounding, his contract is much more burdensome because he’s preventing the team from being balanced and deep.
The Hornets need to resign David West, need to find a starting/scoring two-guard, need to try and retain Carl Landry. They can’t do all of that with Emeka Okafor’s contract looking the way it does, bloated.
Dell Demps seriously needs to consider the prospects of eliminating dollars from Okafor’s contract. If the new CBA is the similar as the old one he may have to seriously contend with the idea of getting rid of Emeka all together.
I know he’s apart of our core, but at the price he’s going at, is he really worth it?