In an effort to cheer you up I made mention of an insane 2 year $24.8 million contract extension (totaling 3 years at $36 million when including his current option year) offered by the Milwaukee Bucks to their mercurial shooting guard Monta Ellis. In an effort to save the Bucks from themselves, Monta has reportedly turned them down.
That Monta could fetch more as an unrestricted free agent is mind bending. The prospect the Wolves would take the money they should spend on Nikola Pekovic and set it on fire would be more appealing than giving it to Monta, but let your mind melt on that possibility for a bit.
The similarities to Latrell Sprewell’s unfortunate contract negotiations with the Wolves in 2004 come to mind. There are obvious differences, like Monta is 27 and firmly in his prime and Spree, at 34, was definitely looking at what would have been his final contract in the NBA. Because, y’know, he was done after that. And he ended up on this sad list.
No comments from the Ellis camp, but the leak could definitely be seen as an attempt to drive up the price of the high-usage, low-efficiency combo guard to get him the extra years he prefers.
So long as Monta stays away from rants like these, he could still bring the Bucks the mediocrity of a potential 7 or 8 seed for the next 2 or 3 years. Go Bucks!!!
Latrell Sprewell says he’ll ask to be traded if the Minnesota Timberwolves don’t sign him to a contract extension by Wednesday night’s opener. ”I think this thing is heading towards me leaving, personally,” Sprewell told reporters after a practice this week. Earlier this preseason, Sprewell said he wanted a contract extension by the Wolves’ opener, against the New York Knicks, or he would ask for a sign-and-trade deal or wait to become a free agent. Either way, Sprewell said he didn’t want to negotiate during the season. But he took a tougher stance Sunday. Asked if he would play out the season and test the free-agent market, Sprewell said: ”Why would I want to help them win a title? They’re not doing anything for me. I’m at risk. I have a lot of risk here. I got my family to feed.”Sprewell is due to make $14.6 million this year. Sprewell, 34, described the team’s latest offer, reported to be worth between $27 million and $30 million over three years, as ”insulting.”