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Hollinger's Insider Gems: Nov. 3, 2008

Five observations as we head into Monday night's games.

Updated: November 3, 2008, 12:25 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
My $.05 on the rest of the league:

1. OK, what's wrong with this picture: Detroit's Jason Maxiell gets a four-year, $20 million extension, while Portland's Martell Webster gets a four-year, $20 million extension. Now tell me -- is there one executive in captivity who would trade Maxiell for Webster? It makes no sense that these two players walked away with the same contract given the wide disparity in their production. Detroit got a steal locking up Maxiell at that price; but for the Blazers, I'm not as sold on the urgency of locking up Webster.

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