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if i'm understanding/remembering things correctly here's the deal on
Blount (sorry to answer my own question, which i posed this morning):
He signed w/ Denver in the 2002 off-season -- to the contract that he's
going to opt out of this summer (so it's not Ainge's doing). As I
understand it then, that's when his Bird-Rights-clock starts ticking.
Bird and Early Bird rights are traded with the player so that he was
traded from Denver to Boston, doesn't affect his Bird Rights.
So this summer will be year 2 of his Bird Rights -- giving us "Early
Early Bird Rights allow us to sign Blount to 175% his previous year
salary (in his case 175% = $1.7 million) or the average salary (which
is the same as the Mid Level Exception; which was just under $5 million
So we'd be able to sign him to what amounts to the MLE trade him to
someone (Orlando, Portland, Miami, etc), while (a) still retaining our
ability to sign someone with the our MLE and (b) the other team can use
THEIR MLE to sign a FA.
Given that I'd really push for us sending Blount + McCarty + Dallas'
pick to Orlando for Drew Gooden, Andrew DeClercq and their 2nd Rounder
(Waltah & DeClercq are for salary matching purposes...)
Like i said i might be wrong on understanding Bird-Rights. But unless
some team pays Blount MORE than the MLE we should be able to
sign-and-trade him to get something decent in return back. Of course
with a sign and trade, Blount has to agree to it.
So lets say Blount wants to sign with Portland (b/c that's where Obie
lands), but they'd rather not use their MLE to do it so they can add
someone else. Blount can say to Boston, i'd sign-and-trade to
Portland. Maybe we could throw in our 2nd rounder and get Darius Miles
(the other) mark
On Mar 22, 2004, at 2:36 PM, R Howe wrote:
Agree with the positives written about Blount's play, not only
recently, but for most of the season (discounting the period just
after Obie's departure). He raises some questions with his inspired
contract drive play.
He has been very public about his displeasure over Obie and his old
gang leaving and with Ainge's hand in it all. He is not leaving much
room for misinterpretation of his emotions to leave here. Someone
asked about sign and trade possibilities. How would this work? would
the C's go through his agent to seek sign and trade partners? I was
first of the opinion if he was not at least open to re-upping here
then why give him a stage to show his wares. But I am know of the mind
that raising his value can be good for the C's provided that a sign
and trade avenue is open. Anyone with a