Sunday , Sep , 23 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Thoughts On Baron Davis Demanding Contract Extension From Golden State Warriors

An interesting situation is brewing in San Francisco. And, no, were not talking about an auction for a Barry Bonds baseball. Davis, even though he has several years and the GDP of a small country left on his contract, wants a long-term extension from the Warriors …

The Boston Globe reports on Baron Davis’ contract negotiations with the Golden State Warriors:

While lighter around the waist, the Golden State Warriors catalyst would like to be heavier in the wallet – and sooner rather than later. He technically has two years left on his contract, but he has a termination option for the 2008-09 season. He said he wants the matter cleared up before the start of training camp or else he plans to enter free agency next summer.

"There hasn’t been too much talking. But in the next two weeks, I’m going to make a decision if I will re-sign or play the season out and be a free agent," he said.

"I know where I want to be. I know what I want to do. You just have to see if the team that you’re playing for wants you the most. Hopefully, we’ll find out that soon."

My Quick Take: An interesting situation is brewing in San Francisco. And, no, were not talking about an auction for a Barry Bonds baseball. , even though he has several years and the GDP of a small country left on his contract, wants a long-term extension from .  A few thoughts on this situation:

  • Golden State must keep Davis happy by giving him his extension before training camp starts. However, B-Diddy must avoid injury, stay in shape, and fulfill the expectations of another ‘max’ contract. One playoff run, as great as We Believe was, doesn’t cut it.
  • Opt-out clauses are giving stars enormous leverage over teams. Just this summer , Gilbert Arenas, , Jermaine O’Neal, and now Davis have all held their team hostage by threatening to exercise opt-out provisions. ‘Generation Next’-Carmelo Anthony, , and – all have opt-out provisions in their extensions, so this phenomenon won’t be going anywhere.
  • Good organizations handle situations before they become a distraction. Bad organizations don’t anticipate problems and let situations fester. This summer, the Warriors have had issues with Coach Nelson, Matt Barnes, and Mickael Pietrus. Now Davis, their best player, has gone public with his demands for an extension. Where’s the leadership from the front office and ownership?

Last spring, Golden State enjoyed a fabulous playoff run. After a tough summer, we will see if that momentum will carry over.

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