By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, December 27th, 2007 at 9:53 pm in Uncategorized.
A friend of mine, who watched Monta’s performance live Wednesday, called me with a little anxiety about the Warriors ability to keep Monta.
I explained to him Monta will be a restricted free agent and that the Warriors will have the upperhand. Not only can they match any offer, the fact that they can should scare most bidders away.
Still, he persisted, “What if someone does offer? What if a team signs him to a fat offer sheet? Can the Warriors lose him?”
Of course they can. But I got to thinking (“Uh, oh!” My grandmother used to say. “Marcus is thinking.”), what number would be too much? If you were Chris Mullin, and Atlanta or whoever signs Monta to an offer sheet, what’s the number that makes you say, “Nice knowing you Monta”? $10M per year? $12M per year?
Or, do you match no matter what, even if he gets a max deal offered to him?