he wants Kobe money.
He's a good player, but he ain't all that.
Allen asking Sonics for deal worth $100 million
FRANK HUGHES; The News Tribune
Citing the recently signed contract of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen has told the Seattle SuperSonics he wants a contract extension worth $100 million over five seasons, according to sources.
In early August, Bryant, after visiting several teams, signed a contract with the Lakers worth $136 million over six seasons.
Allen's reasoning, according to sources, is that while he may not be as good as Bryant, he still is an All-Star and is not worth considerably less, a fact bolstered by the virtually one-on-one shootout Allen and Bryant had Jan. 2, a game that Allen ultimately won for the Sonics in the final seconds when he split two defenders for a scoop shot, his 35th point. Bryant scored 32 points in that game, overshadowing Gary Payton's return to Seattle.
The Sonics are believed to be offering close to $70 million over five seasons, with a starting salary of around $11 million.
If Allen's contract demands were extended to six seasons, it would be a contract worth $126 million. If the Sonics' offer was extended to six seasons, it would be worth $86.6 million.
Sonics general manager Rick Sund is on vacation and unavailable for comment, a team spokesperson said.
Sources say that Allen is adamant about his demands and that he is willing to play out the final season of his contract without an extension and go into next summer as an unrestricted free agent, able to sign with any team.
Allen's stance comes after a summer in which he has seen seemingly exorbitant contracts bestowed upon marginal players, including a seven-year, $73 million contract to Erick Dampier with Dallas, five years and $41.6 million to Adonal Foyle with Golden State and six years and $34 million to Brian Cardinal with Memphis. Those three, all frontcourt players, combined to average 25 points and 20 rebounds per game last season. Allen averaged 23 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists.
Meanwhile, the Sonics are taking a more fiscally responsible approach in the hopes they can avoid a luxury tax and possibly sign another player next summer to add to their core.
They are hoping Allen is not willing to risk losing money because of a probable change to the collective bargaining agreement, which will be renegotiated.
The question, of course, is whether the Sonics will trade Allen if they feel he is not likely to accept their offer. It is a question that will hover over the organization until the February trade deadline.
If the Sonics are unable to sign Allen to an extension, they will have only $22 million committed to salaries next summer, meaning they could have about $25 million for free agency.
Also, if Allen wants to maximize his value, he would need to work out a sign-and-trade deal next summer, something the Sonics have the ability to control.
Frank Hughes: 253-597-8742, ext. 6120
(Published 12:54AM, September 8th, 2004)