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  • Baron Davis opts out

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_yl...v=ap&type=lgns

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—Golden State point guard Baron Davis elected to become a free agent Monday night, opting out of the final year of his contract with the Warriors in a surprise move.

    Davis had until Monday night to decide whether to turn down his $17.8 million contract for next season, the final year of a six-year deal. The Warriors didn’t expect him to opt out of the deal despite little progress in the parties’ long-term contract negotiation, but club spokesman Raymond Ridder said they received a letter from Davis’ agent, Todd Ramasar, late Monday indicating his intentions.

    Davis still could return to Golden State as a free agent, but his opt-out clause was his only bit of leverage in forcing contract talks with the Warriors before next summer. The former All-Star also is now free to negotiate with other clubs, possibly facilitating a sign-and-trade deal with Golden State.

    Davis, a 29-year-old veteran, repeatedly has said he intended to return to Golden State, but he might be displeased by Warriors coach Don Nelson’s recent declarations about giving more playing time to Golden State’s young players, even at the expense of a few victories next season. Nelson reiterated his plan Monday at a news conference to introduce draft picks Anthony Randolph and Richard Hendrix.

    Golden State also failed to improve its roster by using its $10 million trade exception this summer. The exception, which was acquired when the Warriors traded Jason Richardson to Charlotte last June, was due to expire on Monday night.

    Davis averaged 21.8 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds while playing in all 82 games last season for the Warriors, who finished with the best record in recent NBA history for a non-playoff team.

    Davis led Golden State to the second round of the playoffs in 2007, breaking a 12-year postseason drought for the franchise. He added to that achievement by leading the Warriors’ first-round upset of top-seeded Dallas.

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    That is kinda surprising. He will almost for sure be signing elsewhere. Maybe even the Clipps if they let Maggette and/or Brand go.

  • #2
    Stephen A. Smith says he wants to play for the Knickerbockers.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Matt McGuire View Post
      Stephen A. Smith says he wants to play for the Knickerbockers.

      How in the hell would they have money to sign him?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by IlliniVikeFan23 View Post
        How in the hell would they have money to sign him?
        TV rights man. They have enough money to buy anyone.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Matt McGuire View Post
          Stephen A. Smith says he wants to play for the Knickerbockers.
          If they want to make a run at LeBron then this wont happen.

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          • #6
            Sources: Clippers pursuing Davis

            http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_yl...yhoo&type=lgns

            The Los Angeles Clippers are making a hard run at signing free agent Baron Davis, multiple league sources said late Monday night.

            Hours before the midnight deadline, the Golden State Warriors point guard opted out of the $17.8 million owed him in the final season of his six-year contract. Davis could still re-sign with the Warriors, but the possibility of returning to Southern California, where he grew up and played at UCLA, must intrigue him.

            Davis’ decision stunned league executives and agents late Monday.

            “He has to have some kind of a deal somewhere,” an Eastern Conference general manager said. “You just don’t opt out of that kind of money.”

            Davis’ career had been reborn under Don Nelson’s small ball, but acrimony over contract talks have cooled the relationship between the Warriors and him. What’s more, Davis could be facilitating a sign-and-trade between Golden State and Los Angeles, or elsewhere.

            The possibility of bringing Davis to the Clippers promises to be a major incentive in re-signing their own free agent, forward Elton Brand.

            The Clippers still have a brief window to make a run at Gilbert Arenas, but the Wizards were close to agreeing to a $100 million contract with Arenas, an Eastern Conference executive said early Tuesday. Once Washington re-signed Antawn Jamison for four years, $50 million, Washington officials believed Arenas was falling into line, too.

            The Clippers watched two players – Brand and Corey Maggette – opt out on Monday, but Brand has expressed a strong desire to negotiate a new contract with Los Angeles. Finding a way to fit Davis, 29, into the franchise would only make Brand – who left $16.4 million on the table – more eager to stay with the team.

            Orlando and New Orleans are possible destinations for Maggette, sources said. Maggette, who scored 22 points a game a year ago, has probably played his last game for the Clippers.

            Before Davis opted out, sources said the Clippers were prepared to make a lucrative long-term offer to Sacramento Kings point guard Beno Udrih. Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy is believed to be enamored with Udrih, who blossomed after leaving the long shadow of Tony Parker in San Antonio. Without a Clippers offer, Udrih will probably re-sign with the Kings for the mid-level exception – perhaps at three years, approximately $15.4 million.

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            • #7
              I'd be so psyched if my Clipps signed BDiddy. He's a really solid point guard and could bring our lineup together.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by fivas14 View Post
                If they want to make a run at LeBron then this wont happen.
                Bron will play in Brooklyn for Jay Z. You can tell how they are building their frontcourt right now for the future with Yi, Brook Lopez, Ryan Anderson, plus all the young players they have now. Devin Harris and Marcus Williams running the point, I'd say they have time to build the depth of the bench (already started with CDR) and the SG position.

                Basically the Nets could be a very strong team and be built to have LeBron as the centerpiece of their franchise. I'd say it is already a dumb deal. LeBron goes to a huge market in Brooklyn and gets a max contract from Jay Z. Lock it up.

                Look at their lineup now for 2010

                PG: Devin Harris
                SG: Chris Doulgas Roberts (probably a different starter by this time)
                SF: LeBron James
                PF: Yi Jianlian
                C: Brook Lopez

                Bench: Marcus Williams, Ryan Anderson, Sean Williams, and other newcomers.

                Pretty sick team if it develops.
                Last edited by Matt McGuire; 07-01-2008, 02:46 AM.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by fivas14 View Post
                  If they want to make a run at LeBron then this wont happen.
                  It's almost a guarantee that Jay-Z will lure him to the Nets.

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                  • #10
                    Neat article we are having this discussion now...posted yesterday on ESPN.com

                    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3468173
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                    • #11
                      LeBron is gone no doubt in 2010. THat is going to be some FA class...Bosh and Wade to go along with LeBron. I defintely expect LeBron to sign with the Knicks, Bosh will resign with Toronto, and Wade to the Bulls. Imagine a Rose-Wade backcourt...wow!

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                      • #12
                        Why does everyone think LeBron is gone? The Cavs should do everything physically possible to keep the king in Cleveland. I wouldn't be suprised if they sign a few free agents or make some big name trades this year or next to keep him in the midwest... As For Baron I heard he wants to go back to southern CA and the Clipps wouldn't be a bad spot for him. They let Maggette go and sign Brand and Baron?
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                        • #13
                          Brand and Barron would be a tight fit under the cap unless they took pay cuts to play together.
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                          Jay Cutler, I am good, for now.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by IlliniVikeFan23 View Post
                            LeBron is gone no doubt in 2010. THat is going to be some FA class...Bosh and Wade to go along with LeBron. I defintely expect LeBron to sign with the Knicks, Bosh will resign with Toronto, and Wade to the Bulls. Imagine a Rose-Wade backcourt...wow!
                            I will lose it in my pants if the Knicks somehow get Lebron in 2010. **** the Nets and Jay-Z. Maybe Diddy will buy interest from James Dolan or something and get Lebron to the BigTime (NYC). The Knicks have a lot of expiring contracts coming up so financially they will be in a great spot to compete with the Nets for Lebron

                            Marbury's $22 mil is off the books after 09
                            Eddy Curry might opt out after 09 or 10 but I doubt it he sucks and will get $10 mil/year for sucking
                            Quentin Richardson is done after either 09 or 10 (player option) so another $9 mil/year gone
                            Malik Rose and $7.5 mil gone after 09
                            Jerome James $6.5 mil gone after either 09 or 10 (player option) he also sucks so he'll stay until 10
                            Jared Jefferies $6.5 mil will probably hang around until 11 because of his player option but might leave in 10.

                            So that is a **** load of cash the Knicks if not stupid for the next 2 years will have to give Lebron James. He would look so good in Blue and Orange.

                            Last edited by Vbsiena; 07-01-2008, 03:31 PM.
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                            • #15
                              LeBron to the Knicks...lock it up.

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