By Jerry Zgoda
Ok, here they are: Sebastian Telfair’s three-year deal is worth $7.5 million and breaks down this way: $2.3 million this coming season, $2.5 million in 2009-2010 and he has the option to come back in 2010-2011 for $2.7 million. Craig Smith signed a two-year deal worth $4.8 million that will pay him $2.3 million and $2.5 million a season.
Also, the Wolves appear to be getting closer to signing Ryan Gomes. If they do, it’ll probably be somewhere in the $3 million a year range. As the days go by, it looks less and less likely he’s going to get a sizable offer from another team. If he does and the Wolves don’t match, look for them to sign a lower level free agent who can defend bigger small forwards such as LeBron James.
Randy Wittman also appears close to adding Houston Rockets player personnel guy Dean Cooper to his coaching staff to replace Bob Ociepka, who joined Vinny Del Negro’s staff with the Bulls in Bob’s hometown of Chicago. Cooper has been with the Rockets for nine seasons as a video coordinator, assistant coach, scout and last season was vice president of player personnel. He’s from Michigan originally and played college ball at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.