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Jenni Carlson: Thunder better off waiting to re-sign Jeff Green

The best thing the Thunder can do now is nothing — and that includes not signing Jeff Green. The Thunder could offer him a contract extension this summer just like it did with Kevin Durant. The risk of overpaying Green is much worse than the risk of losing him.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: July 19, 2010 at 9:23 am •  Published: July 18, 2010

A little over a week ago, the Thunder Nation was abuzz with talk of Kevin Durant's extension and Cole Aldrich's addition and the summer league team's performance.

Now?

Silence.

Even though free agency remains open, all's quiet on the Thunder front. There's little talk of trades. The same goes for roster moves and contract negotiations.

It should stay that way.

The best thing the Thunder can do now is nothing — and that includes not signing Jeff Green.

The Thunder could offer him a contract extension this summer just like it did with Durant. Green is going into his fourth season, and before becoming a restricted free agent next summer, the Thunder has the option to do a deal with him.

Without a contract extension, Green will be able to field offers from other teams next summer.

Then, the Thunder will have a decision — match the highest offer or say goodbye.

Make no mistake. It is a risk not re-signing Green this summer. He could have a monster season, and the price of his services could skyrocket. The Thunder could be priced right out of his services.

Then again, that could happen even without the monster season. There are teams out there that will pay crazy money for players who don't deserve it. Dallas gave Brendan Haywood a six-year deal worth $55 million. Toronto gave Amir Johnson a five-year, $35 million deal.

Heck, even Darko Milicic got some serious coin — $16 million over four years.

Who knows what someone might offer for Green?

It's a chance the Thunder has to take. The risk of overpaying Green is much worse than the risk of losing him.

I'll be the first to say that I'd hate to see Green go. He is rock steady. Good versatility. Solid defender. Clutch performer. The Thunder won 50 games last season with him as the starting power forward; that counts for something.

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by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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