“Losing the Waiting Game?
The Sonics left Nate McMillan dangling on the last year of his contract. Now they’re going to pay for it.
The Knicks have dragged their feet long enough in their coaching search for the Sonics to be done with their season, having done nothing but raise McMillan’s stock. McMillan would be ideal for the Knicks and Isiah Thomas knows it. McMillan’s agent, Lonnie Cooper, is also Thomas’ agent and should be able to command far more than it would have taken for Seattle to keep McMillan with an extension last summer.
Losing McMillan, whose No. 10 hangs from the KeyArena rafters, would be strictly a financial decision for the Sonics, something that never goes over well with the customers, especially when maneuvering for a new arena.
Assistant Dwane Casey, a hot coaching prospect in his own right, would be a cheaper, logical choice to replace McMillan, but it will be difficult for Seattle to keep many of its free agents if it lets McMillan go.”