I posted a comment that David Lee probably would not see a $10M multi-year contract in 2010. My comment was less an observation as to what Lee might "deserve" when compared to current contracts for other players than it was a prediction that owners are going to be making low ball offers in 2010.
We live in a "free" market economy. The players can only get what owners are willing to pay them. The owners want a new CBA that will greatly diminish amounts applied to player salaries. With the exception of players like LeBron or Wade, I do not see owners ponying up to big contracts for 2010 and then arguing the need to reduce player salaries drastically when the current CBA expires in July of 2011. In the period after July 1, 2010, I expect to hear union charges of owner conspiracy on free agent offers.