and Theo Ratliff in the rotation. And Al Jefferson does have three
years of NBA experience under his belt.
not giving it to him. Say they don’t get an extension done by next week
and Big Al becomes an RFA next summer. The market (or perhaps one
stupid GM) decides if he’s worth max money. If the market says ‘yes,’
you match the offer sheet. If the market says ‘no’ (due to a poor year
or a lack of free agency dollars out there), you work out a deal with
the protection of a qualifying offer…
"always going to be an issue." He has a pacemaker, must get an
echocardiogram every six months and likely will need another open-heart
surgery to repair a leaky valve.
I did," he said. "Had I not gone in for a life insurance exam I never
would’ve found out about my heart condition until it was too late. I
was basically out there playing with a ticking time-bomb in my chest.
I’m very fortunate to not only find out when I did, I’m fortunate to be
alive right now."