I think you nailed it Chris - I think one of the fears was that Brewer would quickly accept the offer and lock the money up. At the time Utah let Brewer go there was talk in their blogs that the qualifying offer would take them over the luxury tax threshold, and they had a cheaper option (Wes Matthews). While no one in the city wants to give Grizzlies management any intelligence whatsoever, this ties in with one additional thought. Does it appear to you what with all the draconian roster moves going on, all related to paying bigger salaries to a few, that there could be a glut of lesser or role players that are going to be forced to take less, or not have a job in the NBA? This has the makings of the Quinton Ross situation a few years back where after the music ended, he really had no other offers but ours. There are over 130 unrestricted free agents out there now, and the league added 60 more names to their rosters from the draft, most cheaper than the average veteran player. I have nothing against Ronnie Brewer, but wonder who exactly is going to rush to give him more than the $2.7 he got this year, given all these facts.
In any case thank you for your stellar analysis of all things Grizzlie - you are about the only sane one posting on the Grizzlies now, and we need you to stay with us!
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