Earlier this season I wondered if Antonio McDyess would opt-out of the final year of his contract to pursue a longer deal, either with the Pistons or with another team. From the sounds of it, though, he's not going anywhere. From Krista Jahnke in the Detroit Free Press:
This summer, McDyess can opt out of the final year of his contract, which would pay him about $6.3 million. Many players opt out because it's a chance to get more money or a longer deal.
McDyess, 32, said he's not interested.
"As of now," McDyess said, "I don't see any point right now. It never crosses my mind. ... I just look forward to what will happen this year, and, hopefully, get a ring.
"All I want is a championship," he said.
Joanne Gerstner of the Detroit News also talked McDyess:
Q. Did you allow yourself to watch the gruesome video of Clippers star Shaun Livingston injuring his knee? (McDyess has been through several serious knee injuries.)
A. I saw it once, and then I couldn't watch it again when it came on. It hurt me to see it. I feel so bad for him. It's awful and I hope he can get better soon and play again. Just terrible.
I've never had a knee injury and I only watched the video once. It's absolutely gruesome. If you haven't seen it yet, you've been warned.
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