Originally Posted by BballWatcher
Of course it does! Gay's option after this season is a player option, meaning he could choose to opt out if he wants. That's the advantage of player options - it puts the flexibility in their hands.
However, under the current CBA we'd be able to pay Gay more than other teams when offering a max contract. Still, given the current NBA economy and Gay's skillset, unless he improves tremendously this year I don't know how happy we'd be to pay him 15-18 million per year for several more years after this...
That rule is practically irrelevant in this situation. If Rudy opts out, he'll be eligible for 4/80 mil from any team. The Raptors
would be able to offer him close to 5 / 110 mil.
Basically, the max numbers are much bigger than 15-18 mil a year. Unless Rudy becomes Carmelo, the max is irrelevant.
The Raptors' advantage is the extra year that they can give, but it's a small advantage since other teams can just overpay him per year.