Thursday, September 22, 2005

Nice Guys Finish... First?

Ah, Geoff Petrie. Intelligent, shrewd, calculating and um... a sweetheart?

Sam Amick reports that Petrie has rescinded the qualifying offer made to Darius Songaila, allowing the Scrapmaster to sign a one-year deal with Chicago.

Typically, restricted free agents can't sign a one-year. But when Petrie rescinded the qualifying offer, which allowed the Kings to match any offer sheets signed by Darius, the Lithuanian became an unrestricted free agent.

Amick writes that Songaila will try to free agent market again next year. We're not sure how many minutes he'll get in the CHI, but just by being on the open market as a UFA next July will get him more money than he could've otherwise this fall. So it's a win-win for Darius.

We can assume two major reasons Petrie didn't try to re-sign Darius: minutes and money. Shareef Abdur-Rahim is the starter, and will play 30-38 minutes per night. Kenny Thomas is the back-up, will probably the sixth- or seventh-man, and will get 20-25 minutes between the 3 and 4. That leaves little for a guy like Darius. Plus, with the back-up 4 making $7 million +, even a paltry $2.2 million for Songaila is overpaying the position.

But what about next season? If Petrie can move KT during the season or early next off-season, isn't there then room for a young guy like Songaila? Darius might get to mid-level status next offseason - he could've demanded $3.5-4 million early this offseason. If there's an open slot at the back-up 4, Darius and his agent Mark Bartelstein could very well remember Petrie's good faith dealings and pick Sacramento over other teams waving the $5.1 million mid-level around. That's worth some thought.

Darius, it's sad to say goodbye. But we wish you well in the CHI (except when you're playing us). Hope to see you back in royal purple soon.


Anonymous Carl said...

Darius is going to do well in Chicago. By the end of last season Darius pushed his range out to almost the three point line - and he was deadly out there. He also started finishing at the rack, which he had REAL problems with early in the season. He'll never be an All Star, but Darius is going to be a very high-quality bench player.

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Tom Ziller

The Sacramento Kings are a tough act to follow, literally.

SKB does the dirty work so you can forget about the blood, sweat and tears.

Oh, you'll still need the tears in April, though.

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