There is every indication that McDyess is going to engineer a buyout from the Nuggets and I think Bryan Colangelo should be on the phone as soon as it's done.
Yes, it’s fraught with tax peril and the financial situation is not to be trifled with; those bean-counters over at Maple Leaf Sports can be rather testy, I would imagine.
But Bryan has always said that if one special case came up that he liked, he’d go to the board and make his case.
The benefits to adding a guy like McDyess can’t be downplayed. He’s far better insurance against an injury to one of the bigs than they have now. At 34 years old, he’s played in so many big games he has to be a solid influence in the locker room. He’s generally considered one of the all-time good guys in the game so he’d fit in with this crowd.
He’s still got more than enough game to play a few minutes a night here, which would lessen the overall load on guys like Bosh
and O’Neal, another thing that can’t hurt. It’s obvious Kris Humphries has lost any confidence the coaching staff had in him so I don’t think he’s a factor in all of this.
I have no idea what McDyess is thinking – one report last night said he’d retire unless he could go back to Detroit, the only team he wants to play for – but it has to be worth making a call.
Colangelo had some interest in McDyess two years ago, he tried to dangle Mo Pete to get him a couple of years ago, and they have some history from Phoenix. It’s absolutely worth a call.