I was on the phone this morning talking to a team source who refuted a published report which said Ernie Grunfeld has offered Andray Blatche a three-year, $11 million deal. Ernie's made an offer, make no mistake about it, but I hear that it's less than that.
I'll stick by my gut feeling that Andray will wind up signing a three-year deal for something in the neighborhood of $9 million. Thing is, Andray has every right to ask for three-years, $11 million because that's what Amir Johnson got from Detroit. Stay tuned. I do know this: Ernie probably won't sign Dominic McGuire until a deal for Blatche is done. Gotta stay under that luxury tax baby.
Miami's decision to sign Smush Parker means you can rule Pat Riley out of the Juan Carlos Navarro sweepstakes (I call him JNC because some folks on this blog tend to think that the guy is a cross between a Spanish Michael Jordan and the real JC). Perhaps the Lakers will call and make an offer now that they need a guard? Bottom line: I see Ernie getting a deal done this week.
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