According to a report by Jared "DeKay" Lewis, Couner Logic Gaming is asking for about $500,000 USD to buy out the contracts of their former players.
Stephen “reltuC” Cutler, Kenneth “koosta” Suen, Ethan “nahtE” Arnold, and their coach, Steve “Ryu” Rattacasa, have all stated that they wish to continue playing together, but their contracts must be bought out in order for that to happen.
The Australian AWPer, Ricky "Rickeh" Mulholland, is still under contract with CLG, but he has not expressed an interest in playing with his former teammates. Regardless, whichever team picks him up will have to buy out his contract.
CLG asking upwards of $500k for their contracted players and coach, per sourceshttps://t.co/3JEcZjecAz— DeKay (@NWDeKay) December 4, 2017
Some may call this number ridiculous, and, to be frank, it is. No offense to the boys of CLG, but they are simply not worth that price tag. Even the Immortals, whose former squad had Legend status for the upcoming Major, drew some light criticism when they announced their $600,000 buyout.
$600,000 for a roster of that talent, behavioral issues aside, is still worth it considering the guaranteed Major spot and the potential (as well as some guaranteed) money that comes along with it. CLG, on the other hand, has none of these benefits. They are simply a decent NA team, and any organization who pays that much is making a poor investment.
re: last sentence, is the price $500k because the two league spots would be included? that would make a bit more sense— gS (@graystripes2) December 4, 2017
As it turns out, the buyout does include CLG's spots at the ESL Pro League as well as the Esports Championship Series, however, it's still a lot of money to drop on a team that hasn't proved much as of late. Time will tell if an organization decides to make a move on the former CLG roster.
Cover Photo Courtesy of Liquipedia