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Brewer waiting on extension


Brewer waiting on extension As long as he's been an NBA player, Ronnie Brewer has talked with his agent, Henry Thomas, just about every day. Nothing will be any different this week, except for the fact that Brewer is up for a contract extension with the Jazz .

In what so far has been a down market for members of the 2006 draft class, Brewer and the Jazz have until Saturday to reach agreement on an extension. Otherwise, Brewer will become a restricted free agent at season's end.

"With me, it's not really in my hands," said Brewer, who is making $2.7 million in the fourth year of his rookie contract. "If they extend it, it's cool. I enjoy being here, being with the players. But if they don't, it's not the end of the world.

"I've still got to play and do the things that I set in my mind before the season and preseason: Try to help this team out and get better than what I was last year."

Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor declined to comment beyond saying that he is talking to Brewer's agent. Thomas did not return a message Monday, but previously has said it is ultimately the Jazz's decision about offering an extension.

The Jazz had been committed this month to waiting for other teams to set the market with respect to extensions, noting that Brewer was the No. 14 overall pick.

However, only three players from the 2006 draft class have agreed to deals. Those would be Toronto's Andrea Bargnani (five years, $50 million) and Portland's Brandon Roy (five years, $80 million) and LaMarcus Aldridge (five years, $65 million).

As a result, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Boston's Rajon Rondo and Chicago's Tyrus Thomas are in the same position as Brewer, waiting to see if a deal will get done.

According to ESPN.com, as recently as three years ago, 16 members of the 2003 draft class signed extensions. That is no longer the norm, though, especially with NBA teams concerned about declining salary-cap and luxury-tax figures.

"It's lower than what it has been in the recent years," Brewer said, "but at the same time, you've seen class after class, the numbers decline the last four or five years and then [players] become free agents, either re-sign with their team or go to a different team.

"It's not like a lot of the guys are out of Basketball. At the end of the day, you're still going to be playing Basketball."

With the possibility that no other extensions will get done around the league, the Jazz would have to set the market for Brewer themselves. He will be entering his third year as a full-time starter and has been a double-figure scorer on two playoff teams.

Brewer also is the last remaining member of the Jazz's core of young players -- including Deron Williams, Paul Millsap and C.J. MIles -- not signed long term. He has impressed with his jumper this preseason, averaging 9.9 points on 60.4 percent shooting.

The 24-year-old likely would prefer to avoid restricted free agency, which paid off with sizable contracts for Millsap and Orlando's Marcin Gortat this summer but not for Charlotte's Raymond Felton and New York's David Lee, both of whom accepted one-year deals.

Talking about the security that a contract extension would provide, Brewer said, "I think it allows a player to play a little stress-free and a little bit more comfortable because you know that you're set a little bit."

At the same time, he added, "I've felt like my whole career, I've been out there to try to prove that I deserve to be in this league and I think this year is not going to be anything different."

Millsap, who signed a four-year, $32 million offer sheet with Portland that the Jazz later matched, acknowledged that he was unsettled at times by his contract situation and shared what advice he'd given to Brewer.

"It kind of weighed on me last year, a little stressful," Millsap said. "It's a stressful situation, because you're a little scared, not knowing what's going to happen. But I just told him to get out there and just play Basketball and whatever happens is going to happen."

rsiler@sltrib.com Extendable

Only three members of the NBA's 2006 draft class have signed contract extensions so far. The Jazz have until Saturday to work out such a deal with Ronnie Brewer.

Agreed to deals ? Toronto's Andrea Bargnani (five years, $50 million), Portland's Brandon Roy (five years, $80 million) and LaMarcus Aldridge (five years, $65 million).

Notables still unsigned ? Memphis' Rudy Gay, Chicago's Tyrus Thomas, Boston's Rajon Rondo, and Brewer.


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Added: October 28, 2009

 

 
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