This time, the overseas revolution of outbidding NBA teams for restricted free agents advances with Dynamo Moscow discussing a two-year, $10 million offer with Delonte West, a source close to West said on Thursday.
Clearly, Dynamo is a franchise with the resources to be taken seriously. Just a week ago, it lured New Jersey Nets forward Bostjan Nachbar with a three-year, $14.3 million contract.
Nachbar’s contract turned into a prelude to Atlanta Hawks free agent Josh Childress signing a groundbreaking three-year, $20 million deal with Olympiakos of Greece. So far this summer, four international players with NBA résumés – Jorge Garbajosa, Juan Carlos Navarro, Carlos Delfino and Pops Mensah-Bonsu – have taken substantial offers in Europe.
As with most restricted free agents, West has few options right now. He could sign a $2.76 million qualifying offer for the 2008-09 season and become an unrestricted free agent next year. General manager Danny Ferry has considered sign-and-trade possibilities for West but ultimately has wanted to keep West.
Obviously, I'd prefer to have the Delonte stay with the Cavaliers. But at the same time, I really don't want the Cavs to overpay for West. I'm OK with him leaving, but I'd like it to be within a sign-and-trade type scenario. Losing him for nothing would be a blow.
This means that Ferry has to up the ante a little bit. West wants to get paid more than Gibson, since, you know, he actually starts. If the Cavs offer a 3-year, $15 million type deal I'd be fine with that, but I wouldn't want to go over $7 million per season. He simply hasn't proven enough at the NBA level. I like West, but at at the right price.