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OK, in fairness, look at his concerns about everyone else being gone and his reluctance to sign on here in another light - how secure is he going to feel after he signs if he's about the only holdover not a superstar named Pierce here and Trader Dan in charge? Wouldn't you prefer to go elsewhere by your own choice, expecially when your play has made it likely there will be a range of options open to pick from, including better money and preferred environments? And especially if you're smart enough to realize that there will be a new coach who may not play so well to your strengths, preventing you from having a similar option in a year or two. Yes, I know that you could be gone tomorrow thing is an issue everywhere, but some places make it clearly a more immediate one than others.
As to going through his agent for sign and trade partners, dunno how that plays into tampering if other teams talk to the agent while we have his rights. I think it has to be Danny looking for deals, maybe talking with them if they have preferences first, and then approach them re: willingness.
MLE can be split to sign him for less than the full amount. We can't trade him for draft picks unless both teams are under the cap and for cripes sake, given that it would almost certainly be lottery protected (he's not THAT good) and with the number we've already been hording why on earth would we want to?
From: R Howe <regmanw6@xxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Mar 22, 2004 2:36 PM
To: Shawn Niles <shizzjr@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Celtics list <celtics@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Blount
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 handle on this maneuver please chime in.
My preference would be to sign him for something less than the MLE but I think that to be impossible. If we were to trade him then what should we be expecting back. A draft pick? expiring contract? a decent role player? or garbage?
It is going to be an interesting off season, new coach, the draft, Blount decision, Baker saga coming to an end (hopefully), and maybe a MLE signing. Of course all this after an extended playoff run...... I can hope cant I?