Blazers Hope to Sign Gerald Wallace to Long-Term Extension, Eventually

by January 11, 2012
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Gerald Wallace isn’t interested in signing on the dotted line this year, but Portland hopes to be able to lock him up after the season. Per the Oregonian: “Because of limitations with the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement, Gerald Wallace will not seek a contract extension with the Trail Blazers this season, his camp has informed the team. However, after this season, Wallace will be open to an extension, his representatives said, adding that Wallace loves Portland and is open to retiring in a Blazers uniform. Wallace is under contract for this season and the 2012-2013 season, but he can opt out of the final year of his contract, which would pay him $11.4 million. The Blazers had hoped to avoid that potential scenario and in December had casual conversations with agent Rob Pelinka to extend his contract this season. However, under the new CBA, the Blazers can only extend Wallace for two more seasons, down from the four-season option in the previous CBA. If Wallace opts out this summer and becomes an unrestricted free agent, he can sign with any team for as many as four seasons, but the Blazers would hold significant bargaining chips. If Wallace opts out, the Blazers would hold his Bird Rights because they acquired him in a February 2010 trade, and as a result would be able to offer him five years and more money … Blazers interim general manager Chad Buchanan said he feels good about the intentions of both sides. ‘There is a genuine interest on both ends,’ Buchanan said. ‘We value Gerald and what he brings to this team. We are open to discussing something long-term if it makes sense financially.’”