This could be an opportunity for contract negotiation, but Nate hasn’t built himself much leverage over the past few weeks. The team has a $2.9 million/one-year offer on the table to the restricted free agent that it can’t rescind, but there’s also no reason for them to up the offer since Nate doesn’t have anything concrete from other teams at this point.
I’ve purposely avoided making a huge deal out of NateGate: his (admittedly stupid) Twittering while he was detained by police a couple of weeks ago for driving with a suspended license. There are a lot of guys doing a lot worse things, so it would be a shame to see Nate lose out on offers over this incident. That said, you don’t get a lot of chances in this life. Nate’s on top of the world right now (or, he was before the traffic incident), and he should be protective of that, if for nothing else than for the selfish reason that he’s got a lot more money and fame than most people, and probably enjoys the perks that come along with that.
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