Regarding the Ime Uodka situation: Jason Quick is reporting that Udoka’s agent claims to have a three-year, $12 million offer on the table.
He’s also reporting that Kevin Pritchard is saying this is much more money that Portland is willing to pay Ime. This comes as a big relief for me, for two reasons.
One, it appears that Portland is all set up to both give Roy and Aldridge large contract extensions and make a big free agency play in two seasons. So I’d be surprised if they gave Udoka a contract larger than two years. Two, there was a bit of concern on my part that Portland would overpay for Udoka – who, let’s admit it, is a 10th-man at best on a good team – because of his local ties and “feel good” story. But Pritchard saying three years at $4M per is too much makes me feel a little better about this. My sense is that Portland would be more than happy to bring Ime back at say — 2 years and $5 million total. Maybe two years and $7 million. But three and twelve? I doubt that’s happening. And if you’re Ime, I don’t think you’re willing to give Portland much of a home-town discount. This is your one shot at a big-money deal and I don’t think you give any of that leverage away.