Key Players Opting Out
Posted by r1zzo23 on June 30, 2008
With free agency upon us in about 45 minutes, three big name players have decided to opt out of the last year’s of their deals. One team that stands to lose two of those three players is the Los Angeles Clippers as both Corey Maggette and Elton Brand have decided to opt out. But before you panic about losing a premiere power forward in this league Clippers fans, just know that Brand has said he wants to re-sign with the Clippers. Maggette, on the other hand, will most likely be gone.
Keeping the subject in Cali, Baron Davis will leave the last year of his deal and pursue a long-term contract. According to Stephen A. Smith, BDiddy would love to play in New York for the Knicks. Yes, that’s right, someone actually wants to play for the Knicks. Problem is, New York is looking to save money for Lebron, Wade and Bosh in the 2010 offseason, so I don’t expect them to offer Baron a long-term deal worth any significant amount of money.
Another California-based team, the Sacramento Kings, got great news from Ron Artest. After waffling on the decision of whether or not to opt out of his deal, he has decided to stay one more year with the Kings. I find this a very interesting decision as teams with championship aspirations, namely the Lakers, Spurs and Celtics, would have pursued Artest’s services. Who knows, maybe Artest will get moved at the deadline assuming he won’t go back to Sacto.