UDFAs are locked into 3-year deals, and those can't be altered until after year 2. Once two years pass, however, he can be extended/re-negotiated.
This was why I was wondering what the rules would be about "extending" him imediately. Lets say they tell him, we'll sign you, and immediately "extend you" for 1 year (so instead of a 3 year deal, it's now a 4 year deal), with a big signing bonus and guaranteed money tied to the 4th year, in essense giving him a bigger payday. If that is a possibility, then things get even more interesting because if I can think of this as a random joe schmo, I'm sure most GM's have thought about this too. With that said though, I admittingly don't know all the rules with the CBA so I don't know whether or not that would even be allowed.
Of course the team still holds all the leverage, because if they don't extend him he becomes a restricted free agent after 3 years.
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