The Rockets just signed 24 year old german national team member Tim Ohlbrecht for 3 years, the 2nd and 3rd year beeing team options.
As a german I know Ohlbrecht was hyped as the next big thing from germany a few years back. He is a skilled 7 footer with a nice jumpshot and a lot of experience for a 24 year old rookie.
Ohlbrecht caused some head scratching after he rejected a 10 day contract offer from the Celtics as this was reported a few days ago. It seemed he still had the negotiations with the Rockets going on after he played 32 games with the Rockets Rio Grande Valley Vipers scoring 13.4 and 7.4 and was selected to the D-League All Star game where he scored 12 and 12.
As I already saind, I'm from germany and VERY excited to have him in the league right now! He was really the most hyped big man over here for a couple of years and he was always compared to Dirk, what he doesn't is and never will be. I really don't want to be the EuropeanBaller and tell you guys he is the real thing but he is great fundamentally sound player right out of the gates for Rockets and a pure stretch 4 in any aspect.
He is a pro in any way you can be at 24 years old. The expectations have been lofty when he was a 19 year old player and he never came close to it.
I really start to be a Rockets fan and will follow them more closely just because of this aquisition. This team is so young, just added T-Rob, has so much firepower and potential for the future. Keep in mind that they can offer at least one max player in the offseason and they could be contenders for the next years to come!
Expectations for Ohlbrecht: I believe if the Rocket sign him after he played 32 games for the vipers he will earn some minutes and won't be suprised if he has somthing like 7 and 4 right from the start.
I know I'm excited cause I'm german but you won't find another 24 year old "rookie" with his abilities, experience and still some upside let alone for this kind of money.
I like the way the Rockets are putting this team together!
I too like what Houston has done, buuuuuut I feel like the Rockets are always going to be held back due to Lin's contract. Lin is a good, solid player, but he's not worth that money for any team, and he isn't a great fit next to Harden in the back-court. So, unless Houston can upgrade at the PG spot and move Lin to a 6th man role or trade him, Houston may not ever reach championship status.
In my opinion Lin and Harden mesh very well together. Harden is VERY ball dominant and needs a backcourt mate like Lin who is not demanding too many shots and touches for himself. Lin is no superstar and never will be one but he can get 14 / 8 / 5 any given night and this is by far not bad at all. his contract is $5 mil this season and $5.225 mil after that and the whopping $14.9 in 14/15. I think that we could agree that the 5 mil he is gettin now and next year is pretty fair value for someone of his caliber and worst case if he really busts out next year what I don't expect it is only one year with the $14.9 mil. I think there will always be a team who needs an expiring contract... His contract is not ideal but by far not the worst in the league. Imagine that someone like J-Smooth is asking for 20 mil a year for at least 4 years and is a few years older.
In the end even if Lin is not perfoming very well this team will have a very bright future. I really can see them making a run for Dwight, even if I don't think this would be very smart. What about adding Big Al. He could be a cheaper version of Dwight and Asik is playing also fine defense.
Asik / Big Al / Motie
Big Al / T-Rob / Ohlbrecht
Parsons / White / Jones
Harden / Delfino
Lin / whoever
This sounds like a very competetive group to me.
I think al jefferson or paul milsap would be a great pick up and they would fit in well with the rockets. Then they would just need a back up point guard and they would have a really solid roster. They will just have to be willing to pay a lot in 2 years to keep the team together
Oh, what a surprise, they add another Power forward. Come on Houston... D-Mo just started getting some minutes after they shipped away Patterson and Morris and has produced nicely. He has flaws but he can definitely play. And now they bring in another rookie who has a similar skill set. One of them is going to rot on the end of the bench.
@ XYRYX :
Maybe I'm wrong but ...
I don't think Lin's contract is this way (5 M, 5 M, 15 M)... it would have been for NY if they had match this offer but for Houston it should be an average for the 3 seasons (around 7.5 / 8 M). This is the same thing for asik's contract.
So we can't reeally say asik is overpaid (great stats and even greater influence on the game). Maybe Lin is slighty overpaid (he should deserve around 6M) but he's young and brings great exposure in asia for the already well known rocket business.
Houston only need a good backup PG... WHY THE HELL didn't they give a real chance to machado ?!!!
I have this info from Hoopshype, a source I normally trust. But maybe you're right.
Asik and Lin have exactly the same contracts there!?
Hoopsworld has both of them listed with the same contracts starting with $8.3 mil this year???
I belive that at least Lins contract was very backloaded and the reason why the Knicks didn't match the offer sheet.
Anyone in here with the exact figures of the payrolls?
so this should give something like that for houston financial flexibility (queen of the nba nowadays, king is draft picks)...
all in all great move for houston to keep trying international cheaper talents for almost nothing. But it should be hard for Olbrecht to grab some minutes behind smith (real surprise !) and motiejunas (or even white and jones).
His gamble paid off.
This guy gave up a 6 digit contract to go to the D-League because he thought it'd be a faster route to the NBA and he was right.
It's not always money what drives the talented players who just want to be in th league - nice to see that!
Hoopshype has his contract listed $788,872 for next year and $915,243 in 14/15 on the team options. Great value for the Rockets but still a ton of money for him and more of what he could have got in europe playing his game.
But it seems that Hoopshype salaries have fooled me once today with Lins contract, not sure if this are the right numbers.
Do Asik and Lin have exactly the same contract beginning at $5 mil this year?
Yes. Asik and Lin's contracts were heavily backloaded to ensure that their teams wouldn't match, whereas they only cost about 8.3 mill a yr to the Rockets for cap purposes.
Good news to see that he's made his way into the league and credit to him for getting there the hard way. Yeah, the hype ruined him that and his average post game. In Europe we're always looking to anoint the next big thing and sometimes it's too much for young players. Being hailed as the next Dirk could've crushed him but he's shown resilience and has really grown up, he's now got a sturdy looking frame as opposed to his previously wiry physique. He'll probably be a benchwarmer, competing with Greg Smith (who has shown promise) for minutes but if he impresses enough, the Rockets will pick up their team option on him.
This is proof of how incredibly overrated NBA is and how insanely underrated European basketball is.
I very seriously doubt this guy was even considered a top 100 center in Europe. And I am dead serious.
Yet, he's good enough to make the NBA.
The NBA has really turned into a POS joke.