When we last saw Spurs veteran big man Antonio McDyess we were talking about how the surprising first-round ouster of the team meant he was walking away from the game with a sour taste in his mouth. But he did say, “This was my last game.”
Turns out the two sides want to think about it some more, according to the Express-News Spurs blog.
McDyess’ contract called for him to be paid $5.2 million next season unless the Spurs waived him by midnight Thursday. The deal is partially guaranteed even if the Spurs ultimately decide to release the 36-year-old veteran of 14 NBA seasons.
With the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players union to expire one minute after midnight Thursday, the Spurs proposed extending the deadline to the first day of the next player free agency period, whenever that may be.
McDyess and his agent, Andy Miller, agreed to the salary guarantee extension on Thursday.
The type of season might help McDyess decide. Might he balk at a full 82-game season? What about a reduced season of 50 games (like 1999), a season that was hard on veteran teams because the condensed schedule had a lot more back-to-backs and less rest?
It pretty much depends on how he feels when the owners and players union figure things out.