When the Wizards locked up Eric Maynor at the start of free agency more than a month ago it was a given that A.J. Price wouldn't return.

Price who had the best statistical season of his four-year career with 7.7 pints 3.6 assists and 35% three-point shooting in Washington surprisingly still is a free agent.

Reached this weekend by CSN Washington Price concedes that he was prepared to linger on the market and said he wouldn't rule out jumping abroad if the money is there. He made just less than $900000 under the veteran minimum after spending his first three with the Indiana Pacers. He thinks his value should be greater.

"No I'm not surprised" he said of the Wizards not bringing him back after his only season here. "I know it's a business. They went a different direction."

The league and players association negotiated another collective bargaining agreement in 2011. One of the key provisions is a more punitive luxury tax that recently kicked in that penalizes teams for exceeding the threshold. Price believes that has been the hangup.