I guess the issue becomes with having the guarantee date prior to July 1st is:
1) how much is the player asking for,
2) how much much of a cap hit does a team want to take on the following season for a guy who won't be on the roster.
Second bold: players are negotiating for their best interests and front offices the same. Give and take, negotiation, whatever you want to call it. The player is saying I'll take the uncertainty but it is going to cost you something. Obviously fringe NBA players are not going to get this luxury but established NBA talent is often in demand. Even John Lucas last season had three teams after him: Toronto, Miami, and Chicago.
While watching the news yesterday, the terms of A Bynum's contract with Cleveland caught my attention. Apparently the second year is a team option with 6 mil. guaranteed. It means that if his second year is not picked up, Cleveland would owe Bynum 6 mil. This could be the part that tilted the deal Cleveland's way. For example maybe another team was offering to guarantee 4 mil. of the 2nd year.
In the case of Lucas, maybe we didn't hear of any such thing because the probable amount was very small. My point is, it may be the reason his 2nd year was a 'team option' and not 'non-guaranteed'. May be.
Sources told Stein that $6 million of the $24 million offered by Cleveland is guaranteed. Bynum would be forced to reach a variety of incentive benchmarks to collect the full $12 million in Year 1, according to sources, while Year 2 was pitched by Cleveland as a team option year.
Dude we all hate BC but...
It's John freaking Lucas... pipe down
I wish I was a mod for threads like this..I'd just post "respect ma authoratay!" and close it
Hansbrough has a partially guaranteed contract for next season, not a team option.
From the ShamSports guy.
Can't believe it is taking three pages to expose more evidence of Colangelo's incompetence. I would have thought one and a half pages would get it done.
Meanwhile, the team could not officially confirm the addition of free-agent forward Tyler Hansbrough. He’s agreed to a two-year contract — the first fully guaranteed for about $3 million, the second a team option with a $1 million buyout....