I think anyone who writes/blogs (man do I hate that word) about the NBA should have a laminated card taped to their computer monitor. On it, they should have in bold-faced type:
"DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING ANY AGENT OR GM SAYS DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO FREE AGENT NEGOTIATIONS."
This in light of the accumulating evidence that 1) Chris Wilcox will sign a 3-year deal for $20 million with the Sonics and 2) Drew Gooden will sign a deal with the Cavaliers. As of 1 week ago, all evidence pointed to neither of these events taking place, and yet, here we stand, with both likely to go down by mid-week.
Of course, to Sonics fans, this is a great thing. Signing Wilcox to a 3-year deal at that price is fantastic. Even if he turns out to be a 2-month flash in the pan in a contract drive, the Sonics will soon be rid of his contract. If he turns out to be a stud, well the Sonics just signed a double-double caliber PF for about $7 million a year. Not bad.
With Wilcox seemingly in place, it's now time to start looking at the Sonics' roster and starting lineup. Here's the roster as of today:
Fortson's playing status with the team is TBD, but he's on the roster regardless. No matter how you cut it, the Sonics have a couple of roster spots to fill. It seems likely that Noel Felix is sitting pretty for one of them, leaving one open. I've thought that a 3rd-string PG will likely fit that bill. Any thoughts out there on who the Sonics should pick up? To get you started, here's hoopshype.com's list of available free agents.