Thursday January 26 2012 – 12:29pm Mountain – Denver, Colorado
If you’re a fan of the NBA…you’ve probably been following the “transaction” news over the last couple of days…seeing extensions put forth for players like:
… and many more.
You probably saw or heard of extensions not offered to guys like JaVale McGee and contracts turned down by the likes of Eric Gordon too.
Teams had until midnight on Wednesday to extend their offers…or not.
That led one Tweeter to ask me yesterday…if the Raptors had any ‘business’ to take care of on their end RE: contract offers, extensions, etc.
And they did.
Toronto already extended / picked up options on James Johnson, Ed Davis, and DeMar DeRozan last summer (June) – prior to the start of the NBA lockout. But the club did not offer a contract extension to guard, Jerryd Bayless.
Though the Raptors let the Wednesday deadline come and go without putting forth a deal for Bayless, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Arizona product is done in T.O.
In fact, my hunch would be that this could be more of a “financial move”, for now.
By not extending Bayless the Raptors will save themselves more salary cap / flexibility for this coming off-season. Plus, when the regular season ends they could still put in a qualifying offer for Bayless before June 30 and, thus, make him a restricted free agent (essentially, Toronto would have the right to match any offer for him that might come from another team) or they could sign him to a new contract, as a free agent, when the sweepstakes begin after July 1.