I think $8.5m is reasonable. Any less would be borderline rude. If Donnie offers too little, the Blazers will swoop in with $1m more/year and Lee will no doubt bail with a hot head, hating NY. I would!
But if he gets that ($8-9m or more) with the lowered cap in 2010, it's down to 1 star not 2, and the plan takes a nasty blow.
That wouldn't bother me too much, but as we've seen, 1 star (LBJ + Dwade) no matter how awesome they are, doesn't cut the mustard.
If there were no Jeffries + Curry, make it $9-10m for sure. But, that reality is a ****er for us & David Lee. The other looming cloud is hindsight. I just hope the latter doesn't hurt once this is finalized.