Just throwing this out there. I do want to re-sign Ben and hope something can be worked because the iron is still hot for next season. Lets look for a moment at Dumars philosophy 3 years ago that many GM's around the league took note of. Build a team with a bunch of very good players all making less than the maximum. This was when we signed Billups for 6 mil/yr, had Corliss for around 6mil and Bens former contract of around 6mil/yr was still relatively fresh. All good deals and all thought to be about what they were worth at the time. What happends when you have post-season success and these 6mil guys want max or near max contracts? Even if we do get Ben to settle for something around 10mil/yr Billups will be seeking a contract for the max or near it next summer. In other words with the league contract limits Chanucy will be inking for roughly the same amount as Wade and Lebran James next summer. Is this good value? Don't get me wrong I still love our team and believe we can still win but this seems to throw off Dumars system a bit. When your unsung heros start seeking max deals and with some desperate team like ATL just around the corner who will pay it if we don't are we getting in a situation where a 2 superstar team core is much better value? We also have to start homegrowing more talent. I see in almost every post issues addressing the bench and how we can solve it with only the mid-level. We forget that we got pretty lucky with Prince and Okur ( when we had him ). At some point you have to get lucky and have some of your rookies contribute. A rookie contract is one of the best values around if they can contribute. You get talent on a shoe string for a few years. Imagine if Amir gets locked up for say 3 years at 5 mil total and actually starts playing like the next Kobe. How huge would that be to get that from someone only making 1-2mil/season. Sure you eventually have to pay him but for those 2-3 seasons you are buying a lot of time for the older more expensive players to run their course.