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Jordan: Rodman Has Point

TUESDAY, JULY 30, 1996

Michael Jordan says he understands the frustration of Dennis Rodman, who hints at retirement rather than accept an offer of $6 million from the Chicago Bulls.

“I know it’s very difficult for him because he sees other players making astronomical dollars and yet he feels he has more value and better talent than some of the (players making) $14 or $11 or $12 million,” Jordan said Monday at a news conference in Atlanta.

“And he has a valid point,” Jordan said about Rodman. “But a lot of those guys have youth and longevity.”

The Bulls have offered Rodman, 35, a one-year deal worth $6 million. Rodman wants more money, though he’s given up on the $10 million he was asking.

“Offering me $5 million was an insult,” Rodman said. “And $6 million obviously isn’t much better. I’d rather quit than play for $6 million.”

Rodman became a free agent after helping the Bulls win a fourth NBA championship last month. He has led the NBA in rebounding for the last five seasons.

Jordan, however, was optimistic the Bulls will reach a deal with Rodman.

“I’d love to have him back so we both can have an opportunity to win a championship,” Jordan said.

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