|What will Shandon Anderson do?
Posted on the Clutch BBS by davo, 8/17/2000
As most of you know, this is the second year of Shandon Anderson's mid level exception contract. He has an option to take up a third year at $2.25 Million, after which he will be a free agent.
Another thing we all "assume" is that there was some kind of "under the table" deal that the Rockets would reward Shandon with a big contract after he completes the current one.
If the true intention was sign Anderson to the maximum available($2mil) at the time, followed by a "reward" contract, then I see some interesting decisions coming up after this season.
a) If the Rockets are under the salary cap, then
Shandon could "opt-out" of the final year of
his current contract, and he and his agent could quite
rightly expect them to give him a larger contract using
cap space. If you are the Rockets, then you probably
don't want this, becase it will limit your ability to
chase another free agent, and you have to pony up the
cash to Shandon a little earlier.
I will be quite surprised if one of the above doesn't happen. Of course, the Rockets may convince Anderson to wait one more year if they have a legitimate shot at someone like Webber, but that still leaves the door open for option b) above.
I personally think that the third "option"
year on Shandon's Contract was either:-
Of course, there is also the possibility that there never was an "under the table" deal in the first place, and Shandon may wish to just leave and play elsewhere, but that is unlikley considering the lack of salary cap space around the league.
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