What many of us fail to realize is that, even if the Pistons want to pay ben $100 mil, they can't. Suppose we offer him the max next season for 6 years, which will start at around $12.5mil (assuming next year's cap is $50mil), the total of the contract is gonna be like 92mil instead of $100mil. Besides, it is very likely the contract will run for 5 years instead of 6, a la Rasheed's case. Joe D said he won't engage in extension talk with Ben this offseason, but that doesn't mean he won't do it during the season. If the extension does happen during the season, the max years you can put in will be 5. That would cap the total amount of the extension at $75m. So I think the speculation of ASB at mlive is quite reasonable, with a five-year for $60-65mil.