Discussions of a contract extension for All-Star guard Ray Allen have been pleasant. They just haven't been productive. At least not in terms of getting Allen closer to signing an extension with the Sonics. Everything has been very amicable, ... There just hasn't been any movement, and movement is me signing a contract.
Any time guys can't agree on a contract, there are a lot of factors. You don't need to speculate on anything. He's our guy. We drafted him. We like him. When we get him here, we're going to coach him up. There's a lot he can still add, but we're not going to jeopardize our team if indeed he's not up to speed in certain areas.
When I was first given an approximate calculation of the amounts being paid to buy up this contract, I was shocked. And I'm still shocked. If they can afford to pay out millions of dollars for services they are not going to receive, it raises the question of whether they have other situations where they are not being prudent with their money.
This promises well for Carlos' chances in the rest of the race. We had a feeling he'd be in top shape after finishing well in the Tour and later having the time to prepare himself and spend time with his family without being troubled by injuries, illness or stressful contract negotiations. But just before a race starts you always get a little nervous anyway.
Certainly, I wouldn't be opposed to any of that if the right opportunity came along, I would certainly look at it. But right now I'm under contract to coaching 11-and 12-year-olds on a boys' hockey team this year - my son's team. Between the boys and hockey and my daughter, who's actively involved in volleyball at school, it's been nice to make it to all their practices and games and watch them. It's been fun being with them.