Denver Nuggets backup center Johan Petro, aka Frenchy, has signed a 3-year, $10 million deal with the New Jersey Nets, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of YahooSports.
Petro was with the Nuggets the previous two seasons and played in 36 games for the Nuggets last season and averaged 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds, he also started 16 games.
While he wasn’t bad, he isn’t irreplaceable. The 24-year-old center was long and solid rebounder, but struggled with foul trouble and intensity to get regular minutes. However, he did play well in spurts. Back in February he held his own against Dirk Nowitzki, hitting all five of his shots and scoring 13 points in 22 minutes. He also helped limit Nowitzki to 5-17 shootings.
He wasn’t likely to resign with the Nuggets, because he wanted a multi-year deal which the Nuggets were reluctant to give him.
The Nuggets are rumored to be in talks with former Monarch High School star Louis Amundson and veteran center Brad Miller, but the free agency field is getting glum and it has been hard for the Nuggets to make a move with the amount opposing teams are paying some subpar stars. Below are some of the few ridiculous contracts teams have offered and the age the players will be when their contract is up:
- Channing Frye (Phoenix), $30 million for 5 years, 32 years old
- Drew Gooden (Milwaukee), $32 million for 5 years, 34 years old
- Brendan Haywood (Dallas), $55 million for 6 years, 37 years old
- Amir Johnson (Toronto), $34 million for 5 years, 28 years old
- David Lee (Golden State), $80 million for 6 years, 33 years old
- Darko Milicic (Minnesota), $20 million for 4 years, 29 years old
- Travis Outlaw (New Jersey), $35 million for 5 years, 31 years old
- Amar’e Stoudemire (New York), $96 million for 5 years, 33 years old
- Hakim Warrick (Phoenix), $18 million for 4 years, 32 years old
The frustrating thing is that how many of them could have signed for less money, but they weren’t? And how many of them are going to help their teams win? Frye can shoot, but doesn’t bring much else. Haywood helps, but he has never played 30 minutes a game. Gooden has a good game every once in a while, but no way is he that valuable. Johnson is all potential. Lee could be the steal of the signing, but can how does he really fit in with Golden State? Milicic might be okay, but isn’t worth $5 million a year. Outlaw could be a great player, but he could have been signed cheaper. Stoudemire doesn’t defend and has one good eye and one bad knee. Warrick is an undersized power forward, who should be paying the Suns to run with Steve Nash.