These are two players that I'm HUGE fans of, Gilbert Arenas and Baron Davis. There is news that both have opted out of their contracts and are available to the open market. However, more than likely they'll stay on the same teams for 2008-09. Whatever...anyway, I figured that this will tease you for the upcoming season. Besides, did you see the offer Joe Dumars and Detroit threw at Golden State last week? Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace for Baron "Too Easy" Davis? Chris Mullin wanted nothing to do with it. What? You can go Chauncey, Monta, Stephen Jack, Al Harrington, Biedrins, Rasheed, Pietrus, Barnes, Azubuike, and rookies Brandan Wright and Anthony Randolph? Mullin's drunk.
By the way, we're running out of spots in the 2008 Ed The Sports Fan Fantasy Football League. Look above in the News & Notes section to check out more.
Bold Move Surprises Nelson
Baron Davis - Warriors
What promised to be a tumultuous offseason for the Warriors was kicked into overdrive Monday when point guard Baron Davis left $17.8 million on the table and opted out of the final year of his contract, becoming an unrestricted free agent and throwing Golden State's immediate plans into confusion.
"I'm surprised, because 17 million is a lot of money for a year of basketball, but that's his prerogative,' Warriors coach Don Nelson said. 'He talked to me a couple days ago and said he was coming back. ... Opting out of a $17 million contract, that's (bold).'" -- Contra Costa Times
Arenas Offered Two Max Deals
Gilbert Arenas - Wizards
Both the Washington Wizards and Golden State Warriors have offered Gilbert Arenas max deals, according to a source close to the three-time All-Star point guard.
The Wizards early Tuesday morning offered Arenas a six-year $127 million deal, according to the source, and the Warriors offered Arenas five years for $101 million. The Wizards, because Arenas was under contract with them, are permitted to offer six years while other teams can offer only five. -- The Washington Times
According to a source close to Arenas, the three-time all star is mulling the offers but is leaning towards staying with the Wizards and is willing to take less than the maximum if it will help Ernie Grunfeld make other moves he needs to make this summer.
Also, I heard from a very reliable source that the Sacramento Kings contacted Arenas and said they are willing to do "whatever it takes" to land his services even if they have to "trade their entire team." -- The Washington Post
Because of his $35 million deal with Adidas, Gilbert Arenas has flexibility and -- according to a close friend of the guard -- could consider signing for another team for less if it meant having a greater chance at contending for a title more quickly.
But the source added Arenas has not scheduled any visits with other teams and will not consider fielding outside inquiries until any possible scenario that includes a return to the District is ruled out. -- The Washington Times
Gilbert Arenas will soon board a flight to Toronto and then China for a promotional trip he's doing for Adidas. When he lands later today, Arenas is scheduled to have a phone conversation with Wizards' owner Abe Pollin. The subject will be Washington's offer of a lucrative longterm contract. -- The Washington Post