Friday, August 4

Radman Redux

As if this summer of Seattle hoops news wasn't bad enough to begin with, now the Seattle Times reports the Sonics are planning on pulling a Radmanovic on Chris Wilcox. (Kudos to the Times and Percy Allen for running the most Sonics stories this summer, by the way).

You have to especially enjoy this quote from Jeff Fried, Wilcox' agent. "A one-year deal, in our mind, is not a deal," Fried said. "One year, in our mind, left Chris with no alternatives."'

Ah, the ol' player-backed-into-the-corner bit, the truest sign of oncoming autumn. Is this more negotiating, or are the Sonics and Wilcox truly at an impasse? No one can ever know the truth in these situations, and it's not beyond the realm of possibility that the Sonics would call a press conference for Monday to announce they had signed Chris Wilcox to a 5-year, $33 million contract, but I'm beginning to get that same feeling in my stomach I did last summer, when Radman, Reggie Evans, and Flip Murray saw their contract talks drag on throughout August and September.

I said it before, and I'll repeat it now: signing Chris Wilcox to a one-year deal is an absolute nightmare situation for the Sonics. With word that Wilcox is growing miffed at the Sonics for not inking him, we've now got the potential for a historically unmotivated player with poor work habits coming into camp with a chip on his shoulder.

Oh, yeah, that should work out well.

11 comments:

ryan said...

I agree, letting Wilcox go to a one-year deal is going to burn the Sonics. But what else can they do? If the guy won't sign the deal they offer - and the Sonics' offer is pretty reasonable - are they supposed to bend over? It's too bad they can't sign and trade him to GOlden State for one of their good, young guys (hello, Pietrus!), except that would mean taking back one of their old, crappy guys in return (hello, Adonal Foyle!)

anonymous #13 said...

A big egg on SonicsCentral's face.

TheBigO said...

SonicsCentral is for gay sonics fans.

AK1984 said...

I want the Seattle Supersonics to re-sign Chris Wilcox to a one-year contract worth the qualifying offer. Of course, that's mainly due to the fact that I think Wilcox is highly overrated by most 'sonic fans.

hsshoops said...

this doesn't look good. It looks like the Sonics simply can't get it done. If you were an FA would you want to come to the Sonics at this point? While we will never know which side was being unreasonable, but the 3 year deal was good for both sides. Wilcox will move on, the Sonics will look like a team that simply isn't willing to pay. It ain't good.

spock said...

It would be illogical for the Sonics to sign any long term deals until the sale of the team has been approved.

Raw Lew said...

what should we do with wilcox, the reason we got him was to have an upstairs game and he provided it. Not to mention his transition game. I agree that we shouldn't sign him on a long term contract because of seattle's questionable future, but we need to keep him.

Tim said...

I think that Wilcox needs to realize that the market isn't there for him, and it looks like it won't be next year either. Why should the Sonics pay him more than they have to? He wants extra millions of dollars. It astounds me that players can bitch about only being offered 6 million a year, like it's some sort of insult. Just because Nene got overpaid by the Nuggets does not mean the Sonics should have to take it in the a$$ because Wilcox thinks he worth more. And I say again, he wants a few extra millions of dollars a year. when is enough enough? what in Gods name is he going to do with an extra 10 million dollars on a 5 year contract? For Christ’s sake, he will by 28 at the end of a 5 year deal, he can ask for another 50 million than. Its not like he needs the extra money to make ends meet or pay his bills, its all about the ego and the perception that dollars equal respect. I love basketball, but its always crap like this that turns me off. And I really like Wilcox, I think he can add a lot to the Sonics, but to cry about millions of dollars when you already make millions of dollars make me sick. No wonder people hate professional sports, when you put it in perspective, its asinine that they make that much money and do nothing but entertain us, while teachers make shit and mold future generations. Sad.
p.s. - please don't let any of my liberal friends know I wrote this, it will damage my Republican street cred.

Raw Lew said...

yeah that's true but he does have us in a bit of a catch 22, he knows that we need him (sort of) but he is forcing us to give him extra, which as you said is just something that he doesn't desrve at the moment. Maybe if we were talking about a Duncan we could give some extra mill but he is giving himself a bit too much credit

dick tate said...

"we've now got the potential for a historically unmotivated player with poor work habits coming into camp with a chip on his shoulder."

Maybe the chip will give him the motivation he previously lacked.

Raw Lew said...

If playing in the NBA isn't enough modivation he shouldn't be playing, i would rather have turaif then an unmodivated player