The guaranteed money sat on the table, a reported $42 million just waiting for Vladimir Radmanovic's signature.
It was security and stability, all rolled into a six-year deal that would keep the versatile forward in a SuperSonics uniform.
Instead, Radmanovic balked, taking his chance by signing only a one-year contract Sept. 21 as a restricted free agent, in the hope of getting a more lucrative multiyear deal as an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
"Really, I don't think about it any more. I signed a one-year deal," Radmanovic said last week as he began his fifth season with Seattle. "My game is going to show what needs to be shown."
The 6-foot-10, 234-pound Radmanovic has appeared to be on the verge of developing into a standout, averaging 10.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in his four seasons. But a combination of injuries and his role on the team have slowed his development.
* CURRY GOOD TO GO: Practicing again for the first time in nearly seven months, new Knicks C Eddy Curry insists he will be ready for the season opener.
The Knicks acquired the 22-year-old Curry from the Bulls earlier this week, more than six months after he had an irregular heartbeat that caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season and the playoffs.
He was back on the court yesterday in Charleston, S.C., working out with the team for the second time since being cleared to play a day earlier.
"I'm ready," Curry said. "It was a little bit of a scare and a rocky summer, but the time to take stuff for granted is over."
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