Restricted free agency: A game of cat and mouse

What have players received when they have decided to become restricted free agents?
By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: June 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm •  Published: June 29, 2010
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Travis Outlaw, Portland, 2007, Three years, $12 million.

The skinny: Only a handful of teams expressed interest in Outlaw, and Portland was able to re-sign him to a relatively cheap deal.


Drew Gooden, Cleveland, 2007, Three years, $23 million.

The skinny: Gooden was hoping to land a deal in the six-year, $60 million range but struck out and re-signed with the Cavs.

Jared Jeffries, New York, 2007, Five years, $30 million.

The skinny: Washington declined to match the Knicks' offer because it landed a cheaper version in DeShawn Stevenson.

Nene, Denver, 2007, Six years, $60 million.

The skinny: Was one of the most sought-after free agents, but Denver stepped up with a top notch offer to re-sign him.

Josh Smith, Atlanta, 2008, Five years, $58 million.

The skinny: Memphis signed Smith to an offer sheet, but the Hawks quickly matched. Atlanta spent $13 million more than its original $45 million offer but still saved millions.

Charlie Villanueva, Detroit, 2009, Five years, $35 million.

The skinny: Milwaukee, needing to shed salary, simply let him walk rather than matching a reasonably-priced contract.

Marvin Williams, Atlanta, 2009, Five years, $40 million.

The skinny: With grave concerns over a falling salary cap, the Hawks again played hardball and likely saved $10 million on what Williams could have gotten as an


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