Salmons Tells Bucks He Plans to Opt Out
"He's given us indications that he will opt out,'' Milwaukee general manager John Hammond, named NBA Executive of Year in part because of last February's acquisition of Salmons from Chicago, said in an interview Tuesday with FanHouse.
Salmons also doesn't expect guard Michael Redd to opt out of the final year of a contract paying him $18.3 million. But that news is not surprising since Redd missed most of last season due to a knee injury and wouldn't command anything near that amount as a free agent.
The Bucks had been having extension talks with Salmon, who made $5.46 million this past season (plus nearly $1 million from a trade kicker) and was in line next season for $5.81 million, but no deal was able to be reached. But Hammond said the sides will continue to talk up until the June 30 deadline.
"He plans to do it (the paperwork to opt out) on the last day (June 30),'' Hammond said. "So we can continue to have discussions.''
While Salmons is expected to become a free agent, Hammond hopes to re-sign him.
"We'd love to have him back,'' Hammond said of Salmons, whose Bucks went 20-8 after the guard first played following his February acquisition from the Bulls. "And he knows it.''
Hammond also said there are no plans from Redd to opt out of his contract.
"He's still going through (rehabilitation from his knee injury),'' Hammond said. "I don't expect it.''
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