Oden gets $4-6 million and a two year chance with a team that could compliment his development.
In return he gives the Pelicans a third year team option.
That's what I'm hoping for. There's no reason for him to sign a 2 year deal with the second being a team option. If he gets hurt, then the team won't pick him up. If he stays healthy, then he'd make more as a FA than the ~$3m he'd be getting when the team picks up his option. He'd definitely be better off signing a one year deal, and I'm sure there are teams offering that. Now having that second year guaranteed, that should be enough sweetener to get him to accept a team option in the third year. He'd be getting the security of the extra guaranteed salary, and the team would be gaining potentially a bargain in the third year + getting his Bird rights moving forward.
This post was edited on 7/24 at 5:09 pm