Four weeks ago I reported that the Phoenix Suns were interested in offering Alonzo Gee a multi-year contract in the $4 million per season range. Below is an excerpt of what I posted here at StepienRules.com after initially breaking that news on Twitter:
Over the weekend I was told by a reliable source that the Phoenix Suns are looking to offer Cleveland Cavaliers restricted free agent Alonzo Gee a multi-year contract in the $4 million per season range. I was also told that the Suns were in the lead for Gee's services right now too, and I posted my tweet from Saturday morning below.
On Thursday, two days earlier, John Telich tweeted that he "heard at least three teams interested in Alonzo Gee of #Cavs, Phoenix, Minnesota, Detroit".
My source didn't tell me who the Suns were in the lead over, but I assumed it meant Minnesota and Detroit with respect to what Telich had said previously. Regardless of what offers do eventually end up coming in for Gee though, the Cavaliers will have the opportunity to match since he is a Restricted Free Agent.
I went on to say that my source did not tell me the length of the contract specifically Phoenix was looking to offer Gee. I suggested that it would most likely be in the neighborhood of four years.
This weekend, Bob Finnan from The News-Herald reported that the Suns could make a "lucrative four year contract offer to Gee". This was included in Bob's three points and rumor mill article for June 3rd:
Cavs forward Alonzo Gee might draw some serious interest in free agency. The Suns could make a lucrative offer to Gee. One source said they could offer Gee a four-year, $16 million offer and hope the Cavs don't match it.
Finnan didn't mention my previous report in his latest on Gee, but that's totally cool with me in the event anyone was wondering. So let that be my answer to the emails I received yesterday. I appreciate you guys looking out, but it's all good. Bob's the man, he tweeted at me to say nice work on my initial report back when I made it, and that's all he had to do. He is providing new information here with regards to the length of the offer, and I only reference it now in order to follow back up on that conversation from last month.
Alonzo Gee's impact on who the Cavs could Draft: I've heard this question asked, and read it a few places, wondering aloud if re-signing Alonzo Gee could/would have any impact on who the Cavaliers select in this upcoming Draft. That thinking being if the Cavaliers matched an offer like this one for Alonzo [call it 4 years, $4 million per season] they'd be saying they have their Small Forward of the future and not draft someone who plays that position. I guess. I firmly believe, however, that Alonzo Gee has ZERO impact on who the Cavaliers select on June 28th.
Moving forward, even with Alonzo Gee next season, the Cavaliers still need wings [Small Forwards and Shooting Guards] in the worst of NBA ways. They need a big too, but they need wings even more desperately. If the Cavaliers were to re-sign Gee, I see him as the player who can back up both the two and the three for what we'd hope is a team that contends for the playoffs next season and the one after that. I believe his ceiling is that of a fringe starter, but more directly a player who can be [and is] a very solid 6th or 7th man on a good team's bench.
In an ideal world, or in my opinion, the Cavaliers would be best served by going SF, SG, big, then the best player available with picks 4, 24, 33 and 34 respectively. Or maybe that's wing [SF or SG], wing [SF if you took a SG at 4, SG if you took a SF at 4], big, best player available. You pass on absolutely nobody based on the fact that Alonzo Gee is [still] on your roster. A good team needs three or four wings who can play. Alonzo Gee has proven that he can be one of those guys. The Cavaliers have the opportunity to add two more on June 28th to play with him. Hopefully they do.