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In a stunning development, the Golden State Warriors and Baron Davis could not work out an extension, so Davis has decided to opt out of the final year of his contract, giving up $17.8 million to go elsewhere. The Warriors were faced with a decision between him and Monta Ellis and will now lock Ellis up long term. Davis will be heavily pursued by the Detroit Pistons. Reports are that if figures can somehow be worked out one of his top destinations is the New York Knicks because of coach Mike D'Antoni.
Elton Brand will pass on $16.4 million and is now a free agent. He is reportedly working on a long term contract with the Los Angeles Clippers. I don't know why he would want to stay there, and if his agent is smart, he will use the Clippers as leverage. The Miami Heat have coveted Brand for awhile. They, along with the Chicago Bulls, will look to make a big run at him. The sleeper will be the Philadelphia 76ers, who are around $11 million under the expected salary cap for next year and are looking for a legit scorer in the paint.
Brand's teammate, Corey Maggette, has also opted out as expected. Because most teams will have to use a lesser mid-level exception contract, it is most likely teams interested in getting Maggette will need to work out a sign-and-trade with L.A. Maggette is pushing for the Orlando Magic to reacquire him and put him at the 2. The Portland Trail Blazers will also be heavy players.