March 2, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA: Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee (33) and Chicago Bulls shooting guard Ronnie Brewer (11) go for a loose ball during the game at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE
The Cavaliers extended Alonzo Gee a qualifying offer of $2.7M all the way back on June 29th. Since then, much has changed in the NBA landscape. Steve Nash and Antawn Jamison are Lakers. Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis are Heat. Andrei Kirilenko is back in the league as a Timberwolf. All this change, and yet one thing still remains. Alonzo Gee still hasn't signed his offer sheet.
According to reports, Alonzo is "underwhelmed" by the Cavaliers offer and is waiting to see what other teams are willing to pay him. Despite the fact that it's now been 28 days without a peep from another team, Alonzo continues to wait in hope for that magical 4 year, $16M offer.
To put this all in perspective, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at some things that have been or are shorter than Alonzo Gee's Free Agency. Join me after the break, will you?
- 1 Day: Everything that happens in any season of 24
- 3 Days: The Battle of Gettysburg
- 6 Days: The Third Arab-Israeli War
- 8 Days: LeBron James' Free Agency
- 10 Days: The average length of a case of Influenza
- 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis
- 17 Days: The Olympics
- 22 Days: The average gestational period of a bat
- 25 Days: The 25 Days of Christmas
- 28 Days: The zombie apocalypse in 28 Days Later
So just to be clear, in the amount of time Alonzo Gee has been a free agent, he could have done everything Jack Bauer did in every season of 24, fought in the bloodiest battle on American soil, come down with and then recover from a nasty flu, and followed all that up by going overseas to fight a war between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Instead, he's sat at home waiting for a phone call that's probably not going to come.
As bad as that may be, at least he's not Dwight Howard.