Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 10:36 am  |  28 responses

Xavier Henry And Grizzlies Still Working On Contract

The Grizzlies and former SLAM HS diarist Xavier Henry have yet to agree to terms on a rookie contract. The AP reports: “The first-round pick still hasn’t signed his contract, with the Grizzlies not willing to guarantee the maximum salary allowable under the rookie scale. Teams can pay players up to 120 percent of their scale amount, which this season is about $1.7 million for the No. 12 pick. However, the Grizzlies would like to tie the extra 20 percent to bonuses. So the swingman from Kansas remains unsigned, saying Tuesday he is working out, but otherwise just waiting for a call and isn’t sure what will happen. ‘I’m letting my agent take care of the contract situation so I’m just sitting here waiting for the word,’ Henry said at the New York Knicks’ training facility, where he was photographed for his Panini trading card. ‘I talk to my agent all the time, he just calls and checks up on me, sees how I’m doing, and just says ‘we’re still working on it, we’re sending them letters, they’re talking to us, but nothing happening yet.’ So I’m not sure what’s going to happen.’ The agent, Arn Tellem, said the Grizzlies are trying to make Henry meet performance bonuses, such as making the rookie challenge at All-Star weekend or being named to one of the all-rookie teams. He says only one player out of more than 450 since the rookie salary scale was instituted in 1995 has agreed to a performance bonus.”

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  • Young C

    Sign the freakin’ contract!

  • Groves

    who was the one in 450 that accepted it?

  • http://slamonline.com mike

    xavier go sign with the celtics instead!

  • Overtime

    I dont think its that bad to have bonuses worked in

  • http://google c_cantrell

    get your money bro.. henry is already makin it a business

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  • WangChung

    Co-sign Groves. And who was his agent? If Arn’s comment ’1 in 450′ is true, that’s some uber-incompetence.

  • larrylegend

    @Groves: could only be boozer :-)

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    They overpay Rudy Gay but won’t pay the rookie?

  • Coney Islander

    I no longer have any sympathy for NBA owners! Xavier, bleed them DRY young man!

  • total scrotal implosion

    Pay the lottery pick

  • http://sfdjklf.com Jukai

    One one hand, the kid should get his money like every other player.
    On the other hand, this is a massively smart idea the NBA could use and could really help them save money while not necessarily driving players broke.
    So yeah. Torn here.

  • Remo Williams

    my only deal with performance bonuses in basketball is that they may cause players to beef up their stats instead of trying to get the W

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    I wouldn’t want to be the first player or agent to agree to this, but I can see why team would push it. And I have no problem with them doing this.

  • Harrell

    M Cho is a fool dude showing out on france. Yes france

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I think he’s right to hold out. The only performance bonus a rookie should need to worry about is playing time.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    @Harrell: Yeah, he’s nice in that tourney. I’m not saying he’s not nice, I’m saying he’s overpaid. Go find me 5 other people who don’t agree with me and we can talk.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    losing a lot of respect for this kid….really acting like a diva at the moment….not cool

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    I’m all for performance based salaries in some situations. I just think it’s tough to put that on a rookie. At the end of the day though it may be a stupid move because if the Griz call his bluff and leave the contract on the table for him to sign he may have missed his chance at the L

  • Ronald

    I think it’s a great idea used in an awful situation. Xavier has absolutely no leverage here. He either signs the contract or he’s stuck in limbo. And, I do agree that incentives based contracts can be double-edged sword in the NBA. I hope owners/gm’s are smart enough to put the focus on stats that help the team win i.e (rebounds, wins, PER, fg%, ft%) and are not enamored by points etc.

  • Ronald

    And if anyone is being a diva, it’s the Grizzlies. They are expecting Henry to treat them differently.

  • tavoris

    so they want him to make the all rookie team on the lean minutes he’ll see behind Mayo and Gay? A shooter is supposed to get shots with an inferior PG? Hold out dude…they aren’t gonna let a lottery pick walk away for nothing.

  • tavoris

    plus, why is everyone in here calling Henry a diva, when he’s clearly not the one saying no (his agent is)?

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  • dsleepy

    grizzlies are mis-managing this. what you’re saying by overpaying rudy and not paying xavier is that you don’t really wanna invest in the rook because you dont think hes part of your long-term future. if you dont want xavier and dont see him as part of your future, trade him. i’m sure you’d find takers for a lottery pick who hasn’t been signed yet because the team that just way overpaid for rudy gay is trying to nickel and dime the smaller rookie contract.

  • dsleepy

    the incompetence of some nba gms just absolutely amazes me. i still think they just lucked out w/zach randolph having the right mindset at the right time and his production made the grizz front office look smart. and good lord what is david khan doing with the t-wolves, i just feel bad for their fans. if my team’s gm was screwing up that badly i would be calling for his head on a platter. i know this wasnt a twolves thread, but khan’s stupidity is just too staggering for me to get over.

  • B Awesome

    I have a huge problem with this. The NBA rookie scale isn’t like the NFL where they get 40 million dollars for top ten picks. They have a set rookie scale and each team only signs one or two players. How much NBA rookies get paid is actually extremely low compared to the NBA and MLB and there are far fewer players that are drafted in the NBA. This just comes off as the Griz being cheap arses. If I was Henry, I would start talking to the media and saying you don’t want to play for a team that can’t pay their lottery pick 1.7M and that I want out of the crappy organization that is the Memphis Griz. The same awful team that gave the Lakers their last two championships for nothing and Rudy Gay a max contract..

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