posted on Nov, 1 2004 @ 05:56 PM
MINNEAPOLIS -- Latrell Sprewell says he'll ask to be traded if the Minnesota Timberwolves don't sign him to a contract extension by Wednesday night's
"I think this thing is heading towards me leaving, personally," Sprewell told reporters after practice Sunday.
Earlier this preseason, Sprewell said he wanted a contract extension by the Wolves' Nov. 3 opener against the New York Knicks, or he would ask for a
sign-and-trade deal or wait to become a free agent. Either way, Sprewell said he didn't want to negotiate during the season.
But he took a tougher stance Sunday.
Asked if he would play out the season and test the free-agent market, Sprewell said: "Why would I want to help them win a title? They're not doing
anything for me. I'm at risk. I have a lot of risk here. I got my family to feed. Anything could happen."
Neither Sprewell's agent, Robert Gist, nor Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor immediately returned phone messages left by The Associated Press on
Sprewell, Sam Cassell and league MVP Kevin Garnett formed the NBA's highest scoring trio last year in leading the Wolves to the Western Conference
finals. Sprewell averaged 16.8 points last season and is due to make $14.6 million this year.
Sprewell has said he doesn't want to take a pay cut. But at 34, the Wolves could be hesitant to oblige. Sprewell described the team's latest offer,
reported to be worth between $27 million and $30 million over three years, as "insulting."