Keep an eye on the Clippers.
That's what I've been hearing for months now when the conversation turned to the impending free agency of Beno Udrih. And how.
So here's the latest: the Kings, as expected, made an offer to Udrih on Monday night. But as it turns out, it wasn't the only one. I just spoke with LA Times beat writer Jonathan Abrams, who is reporting for tomorrow's paper that Udrih met face to face with Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy in New York City to discuss their potential future together. That jives with all the chatter I've heard about how Dunleavy - who wanted Udrih a year ago but couldn't get owner Donald Sterling to fit the bill - is a huge fan of Udrih's. That's not it, though. Not even close.
Clippers forward Elton Brand unexpectedly opted out today, and his agent (David Falk) says the move was made with the intent to re-sign with the Clippers and allow the organization more free agency flexibility. Beno anyone? Yes and no.
It could also be Baron Davis, who shocked the NBA world tonight by opting out of his deal with Golden State. As one agent told me tonight in regards to Davis and his surprising move to leave $17.8 million on the table, "He must know something I don't know." And suddenly, Udrih is tops in the free agent point guard class no more.
* One last note for the reader dubbed 'cantjump' in the comments section of the previous post: No, Kenny Thomas did not opt out by his June 25 deadline. He has two years and approximately $17 million left on his contract, whether they play him next season and the next or not. - Sam Amick