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TrueFan23
06-30-2008, 09:46 PM
From the LA Times

Nighthouse
06-30-2008, 09:47 PM
Elton Brand, Corey Maggette opt out of their Clippers contracts
Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times
Clippers swingman Corey Maggette, who is fouled by Sacramento's John Salmons last season, has opted out of his contract to be a free agent this summer.
The team could still re-sign both players, who will be among the most sought-after free agents this summer.
By Jonathan Abrams, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
6:05 PM PDT, June 30, 2008
Clippers forward Elton Brand joined teammate Corey Maggette today in opting out of the final season of his contract and will become an unrestricted free agent.

Brand, who sat out all but eight games last season while recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon, immediately becomes one of the most attractive big men in the market.

He was owed $16.4 million had he stayed in the final year of his Clippers contract.

Maggette, the longest-tenured Clipper, also is one of the most attractive free agents in this off-season's market.

The only problem is, there may not be too many buyers.

Only the Memphis Grizzlies and Philadelphia 76ers have abundant cap space this summer, with the Clippers now joining that list. Other teams would be able to offer Maggette, who was owed $7 million had he remained with the Clippers, the lesser mid-level exception.

The Clippers have maintained they hope to re-sign Maggette; however, a sign-and-trade deal with him could also be in the team's plans.

Maggette, 28, averaged 22.1 points a game last season.

jonathan.abrams@latimes.com

http://www.latimes.com/sports/basketball/nba/clippers/la-sp-clippers1-2008jul01,0,1092404.story

I hope both will be back.

TrueFan23
06-30-2008, 09:56 PM
are u guys not interested in talking about this topic

Cracka2HI!
06-30-2008, 09:59 PM
Elton Brand said on Monday that he is opting out of the final year of his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, but that he hopes to re-sign with the team.

"We're opting out," Brand said. "It definitely doesn't mean I'm leaving the Clippers. We're trying to work it out. My intention is to stay."




Brand

Brand is forgoing the $16.4 million on the last year of his deal, a final decision he made at Monday's deadline to notify the team and the league. Earlier in the day, teammate Corey Maggette filed the paperwork to opt out of his contract, the Los Angeles Times reported, creating potentially $10 million of salary cap space if the Clippers do not re-sign him.

Brand's agent, David Falk, said the forward wants to see the Clippers sign a quality free agent and try to assemble a winning team in Los Angeles.

"It preserves options to make the team better," Falk said. "Clearly, if Elton decided he wanted to simply max out the dollars, he would have stayed in the deal, had a monster year and a lot more teams will have cap room next year."

Brand now has the right to leave the Clippers without compensation. Yet it's more likely that he would push for a sign-and-trade to a new team if he can't negotiate a new long-term deal to his liking with L.A, which Falk insists is Brand's preferred scenario.

Memphis and Philadelphia are the only teams with the requisite salary-cap space this summer to make sufficiently lucrative offers to sign Brand away from the Clippers outright. Even the Sixers  despite their publicly stated interest in acquiring a power play  might not have enough with an estimated $11 million to offer for a first-year salary.

It's believed that the Miami Heat will make another hard pitch to land Brand via trade. The contract Brand is vacating was originally signed with Miami when the 29-year-old power forward was a restricted free agent in the summer of 2003, with the Clippers matching that seven-year, $82 million deal.

Falk said a visit to Boston for Game 2 of the NBA Finals influenced Brand's decision to opt out.

"He watched what happened when a few stars get together and agree to have a communal effort," Falk said. "He said 'That's what I'd like to accomplish in my career.'"

Of course it helps to trade for a couple of All-Stars, as the Celtics did when they acquired Ray Allen and then Kevin Garnett. The Clippers have a solid young frontcourt in Brand, center Chris Kaman and Al Thornton, who is coming off a promising rookie season. Guard Cuttino Mobley has two seasons remaining on his contract, and the Clippers selected Indiana guard Eric Gordon with No. 7 pick in the draft last week.

Since Shaun Livingston's devastating knee injury last season, point guard has been the Clippers' most unsettled position. Beno Udrih of the Sacramento Kings is an unrestricted free agent and a potential target.

Brand injured his knee last summer and appeared in only eight games near the end of the 2007-08 season, averaging 17.6 points and 8.0 rebounds. The best season in his nine-year career came in 2005-06, when he averaged 24.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, shot 53 percent and led the franchise into the second round of the playoffs for the first time since it played in Buffalo in 1976.

On Monday, Brand sounded interested in staying in Los Angeles. He has branched out into film production (his first movie, "Rescue Dawn," was released last year) and his wife is expecting a son in October.

"Right now it's just trying to solidify my future and work things out with the Clippers," Brand said. "I've got a lot of going on."


J.A. Adande is an ESPN.com senior writer and the author of "The Best Los Angeles Sports Arguments." Click here to e-mail J.A. ESPN.com senior NBA writer Marc Stein contributed to this report.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3468389

Doesn't mean he's gone. I am pretty suprised he opted out tho. This could be a bad offseason.

Gilbert>TheRest
06-30-2008, 10:31 PM
i feel bad for u guys

kylem4711
06-30-2008, 10:36 PM
i feel bad for u guys

well corey was expected, but brand... wow. he must have something up his sleeve to do something like this.

Shieldsz
06-30-2008, 10:55 PM
I expect Maggette but i am also amazed. Hopefully the sixers grab him.. but I think it is sort of a dick move by Brand to leave guranteed money.

Maybe a sign and trade could happen :shrug:.

krazyclipperfan
06-30-2008, 10:56 PM
^^ it will all workout for the Clippers this will allow them to get a big name free agent and brand will get his extention so would will have the last laugh in the in the Clippers. Ha ha that.

kylem4711
06-30-2008, 11:03 PM
I expect Maggette but i am also amazed. Hopefully the sixers grab him.. but I think it is sort of a dick move by Brand to leave guranteed money.

Maybe a sign and trade could happen :shrug:.

dont think its that at all.

IversonIsKrazy
06-30-2008, 11:14 PM
Toronto Gets:
Corey Maggette (S&T)

Clips Get:
Andrea Bargnani
Carlos DElfino
2010 First ROunder

krazyclipperfan
06-30-2008, 11:37 PM
If you think the Clippers had no idea this was going to happen your crazy I wouldn't be suprised if the didn't convince him to opt out so they can sign a big name free agent. The owner is stupid but not that stupid. Corey might be traded but Brand will be back. He can get people to come to the games if he doesn't bring back his star player. He can't make money if the fans don't come.

kylem4711
06-30-2008, 11:43 PM
Toronto Gets:
Corey Maggette (S&T)

Clips Get:
Andrea Bargnani
Carlos DElfino
2010 First ROunder

change kapono for delfino please :)

adealstimson
07-01-2008, 12:15 AM
I expect Maggette but i am also amazed. Hopefully the sixers grab him.. but I think it is sort of a dick move by Brand to leave guranteed money.

Maybe a sign and trade could happen :shrug:.

Its not a dick move, hes getting a longer deal, and he might even take less money than he's making now, because he wants to WIN. Thats why I love him.

EB's #1 right here - Dont get it twisted..

ARMIN12NBA
07-01-2008, 03:13 AM
The Clippers now have about 29 million dollars in cap space. They can get either Baron Davis or Gilbert Arenas with their new found cap space. This was a smart move by Brand to help the Clippers get better. The Clips need a point guard so they should heavily pursue both of these guys.

krazyclipperfan
07-01-2008, 03:44 AM
Brand is the ultimate team player opted out to bring in better player and said he is willing to take less money also you do see that to often. If things work out as plan this will be the best offseason in clipper history. Also didn't Brand mention the big three is their another player coming also. Could there be another player coming.

Cracka2HI!
07-01-2008, 04:13 AM
The Clippers now have about 29 million dollars in cap space. They can get either Baron Davis or Gilbert Arenas with their new found cap space. This was a smart move by Brand to help the Clippers get better. The Clips need a point guard so they should heavily pursue both of these guys.

I agree. I wouldn't be suprised if Brand told the team to bring in Baron or Arenas or he's leaving town. The ball is certainly in our court to get A LOT better this offseason. Our owner says he is motivated to do so. Lets see if he puts his money where his mouth is. Fans not fimilar with the Clippers situation can probably only see today as a bad day. Well there is some good news. Like you say, we now have $29 million in cap. And we can re-sign our star player after we use that space. If our owner is willing to go into luxary tax territory.

DES
07-01-2008, 10:48 AM
I agree. I wouldn't be suprised if Brand told the team to bring in Baron or Arenas or he's leaving town. The ball is certainly in our court to get A LOT better this offseason. Our owner says he is motivated to do so. Lets see if he puts his money where his mouth is. Fans not fimilar with the Clippers situation can probably only see today as a bad day. Well there is some good news. Like you say, we now have $29 million in cap. And we can re-sign our star player after we use that space. If our owner is willing to go into luxary tax territory.

thats just the way it has to go..if sterling is serious..but im not to worried about eb.....but sure am suprised.

MiamiHeat
07-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Brand welcome to miami :)

adealstimson
07-01-2008, 11:18 AM
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DES
07-01-2008, 11:31 AM
Brand welcome to miami :)

lol...read more..

MiamiHeat
07-01-2008, 11:39 AM
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adealstimson
07-01-2008, 12:06 PM
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MiamiHeat
07-01-2008, 12:22 PM
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Cracka2HI!
07-01-2008, 01:34 PM
Just knock it off guys. If youre a non Clipper fan coming here to gloat just don't post. It's that simple.

Cadarn
07-01-2008, 02:29 PM
Absolutely must resign brand and bring on arenas or davis. Even if it means letting maggette sign somewhwere else.

adealstimson
07-01-2008, 02:40 PM
Yeah thats a no-brainer.. Maggette is as good as gone already.. Orlando or New Orleans I'm hearing.. He would be sick on either of those squads..