There has been a lot of discussion about the money being spent in the NBA this offseason, and on Monday the Houston Rockets did nothing to slow that dialogue.
After winning his Hunters Creek neighborhood H-O-R-S-E championship, local businessman and father of four Ted Blanford, was offered a three-year deal worth an estimated $37 million dollars. The offer comes with an with an opt-out option after the second year.
The 33-year-old financial analyst was as surprised as anyone about the life-changing offer.
“I has been shooting pretty good from the corner by the mailbox.” Blanford said. “That’s my shot. And then I made a granny shot from the three point line to win our neighborhood game. But it isn’t like I expected anything like this.”
Blanford said that he had tried out for his high school team as a senior only to be cut prior to the season.
“I wasn’t very good. I can’t dribble very well and I am a liability on defense.”
But Rockets manager Daryl Morey thinks that makes him a perfect fit for his franchise.
Houston is currently at least $70 million dollars under the 2016-2017 NBA salary cap, and will be looking to sign even more players to big money contracts over the next few weeks.
“The bottom line is that we have money to spend.” Morey defended. “I mean we tried to give it to Dwight Howard for goodness sake. I think that just shows how desperate we really are. Blanford can’t be any worse than that guy.”