Which NBA stars and veterans should sign extensions? | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors


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    As LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers open “productive” talks about their mutual future, according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, we wondered which other NBA players are eligible for the extension?


    B/R’s Jake Fischer has already attacked the 2019 draft class. Some, like Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, have already extended. Others, including Jordan Poole, RJ Barrett and Tyler Herro, have until the start of the season to strike deals.

    Several veterans have signed supermax deals (Devin Booker, Nikola Jokic and Karl-Anthony Towns). Standard vet extensions are limited to a 20% increase. Several players like Dejounte Murray, Domantas Sabonis, Christian Wood and Dillon Brooks may choose to explore free agency when their contracts expire rather than lock in a below-market extension. Others like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Pat Connaughton and John Konchar were happy to strike modest deals.

    It should also be noted that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have already begun negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). A new broadcast deal is expected before the 2015-16 season. Some players and teams may be waiting to see if the NBA’s economy booms again or if rule changes remove the 20% cap.

    Generally, a player under contract for three years (or more) can sign an extension after two years. Players traded within the last six months can only get a 5% raise and extend for another two years.

    While the deadline for most isn’t until June 30, 2023, some veterans could strike deals in the weeks and months ahead.

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    The James/Lakers negotiation, already explored in detail, will impact franchise progression with Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and any pursuit of trade goals like Kyrie Irving. James can add up to two more seasons at around $97.1 million.

    Will he commit more with the Lakers? Will he wait for free agency in July? Either way, would he consider taking below a max deal to allow the franchise to pursue a big-name free agent? What role will his son Bronny James (probably eligible for the draft in 2024) play in the equation?

    Perhaps James will compromise with LA, taking a maximum two-year extension with an opt-out after the 2023-24 campaign that will allow the All-Star to sign wherever his son lands in the NBA (assuming that he does).

    Technically, Westbrook is also eligible for the extension, but suffice it to say that’s not likely in Los Angeles.

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    The Warriors will do whatever they can to become champions again, but it’s almost time to make some serious financial decisions. There has to be a limit to what the franchise can afford with massive luxury taxes ($400-500 million could be a reality if Golden State keeps everyone).

    Draymond Green can retire early and start a new extension starting at nearly $31 million with the 2023-24 season. An extension for Andrew Wiggins could start at $39.9 million. Klay Thompson is less pressing, stuck at $43.2 million for 2023-24, but he can add three more seasons from nearly $49 million.

    Knowing how much Green and Wiggins will cost could help budget Jordan Poole. The Warriors should wait for Thompson and try to compromise with Green and Wiggins, although neither is eager to rush into a smaller extension.

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    Because Jaylen Brown has two more seasons under contract, he must sign an extension before the start of the season. Otherwise, he’ll have to wait until July 2023. An extension would start at around $37 million for up to three more years (nearly $120 million).

    While that’s a compelling number, Brown could start his next contract as an unrestricted free agent in 2024 on a deal starting at $42 million over five years ($243 million) with the Celtics or four with another. franchise ($180 million).

    Brown’s next contract will be lucrative. An extension may be too hard to refuse if offered, but then he may get a better sense of the financial direction of the NBA as vice chairman of the NBPA executive committee.

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    The Portland Trail Blazers traded a first-round pick (via the Milwaukee Bucks) to the Detroit Pistons to acquire Jerami Grant in the trade. He’s the biggest wing the Blazers should have targeted years ago to play alongside Damian Lillard.

    Grant can immediately extend for two more seasons at $45.1 million. Or he can wait until January to add up to four years to $140.5 million.

    Grant, 28, is worth the former. He can try to hold on for the latter – or at least the flexibility for a bigger deal.

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    The Toronto Raptors drafted rookie of the year at No. 4 in Scottie Barnes. How does he change the team’s investment in forwards Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby? Siakam is contracted through 2023-24 at $37.9 million, but can extend for three more years at around $136 million.

    The Raptors have no reason to rush. Barnes still has three seasons left on his rookie contract. Anunoby has a player option before 2024-25.

    The most pressing issue is Fred VanVleet, who can retire in his senior year ($22.8 million) and leave as an unrestricted free agent in 2023. Or he and the Raptors can make a deal to pay him. up to around $111.6-114.9 million. four years, starting in the 2023-24 season.

    In almost all cases, the player would prefer the “more money” option, but the negotiations are complex and must make sense to both parties. A team tries to find a way to reasonably manage its resources (limited by the rules) to build a competitor. A player considers long-term security over the potential for a free agent salary down the road.

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    The New Orleans Pelicans turned their 2021-22 campaign into a deal with the Trail Blazers for CJ McCollum. An afterthought in the West quickly emerged as a playoff team. McCollum will end his current contract ($69.1 million due through 2023-24) at nearly 33 years old.

    There’s probably a compromise figure of around $30 million per season for up to three more years that should work for both parties. The fact that McCollum is president of the NBPA could impact his willingness to find a friendly number with the Pelicans, although it’s hard to say whether that would make a deal more or less likely.

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    The Chicago Bulls dropped Wendell Carter Jr., Otto Porter Jr. and two first-round players from the Orlando Magic in 2021 to acquire Nikola Vucevic. And the team finally made the playoffs for the first time since 2017.

    Vucevic still has one year left on his contract at $22 million, and he can extend up to four more seasons, starting at $26.4 million.

    There is a price (in the range of $20-26.4 million) and a number of years (two or three) that should work to keep Vucevic in Chicago.

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    Will the Milwaukee Bucks continue to pay three major salaries to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday and Khris Middleton?

    Middleton has a player option at $40.4 million for 2023-24, but can opt out and extend at a salary starting at $45.5 million. While he would get a healthy contract on the open market, he might struggle to find a team willing to pay him more than $30 million.

    Since Middleton can’t opt ​​out and extend for less than his option, he and the Bucks would have to wait until 2023. Then he can either opt out and sign a longer deal at a more economical (but still lucrative) price. ), or sign up and explore free agency in 2024.

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    With Bradley Beal out for much of last season, Kyle Kuzma has taken on a leadership role with the Washington Wizards. He has a player option for 2023-24 at $13 million. If he opts out and extends, he can add four years to nearly $70 million.

    It’s a solid contract, but Kuzma might want to wait to see what unrestricted free agency offers next July.

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    Some players eligible for the extension have uncertain situations (adjustment or injury) like Harrison Barnes, Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray, Kristaps Porzingis, D’Angelo Russell, Ben Simmons and Myles Turner. A team can try to trade for a player whose contract is expiring like Turner provided he signs an extension.

    The rest of the list is long: Steven Adams, Malik Beasley, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Oshae Brissett, Vernon Carey Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Jae Crowder, Seth Curry, Derrick Favors, Markelle Fultz, Eric Gordon, Joe Harris, Tobias Harris, Gordon Hayward, Justin Holiday, Al Horford, Isaiah Joe, Maxi Kleber, Caris LeVert, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Theo Maledon, Naji Marshall, KJ Martin, Jalen McDaniels, De’Anthony Melton, Chimezie Metu, Shake Milton, Marcus Morris Sr. , Monte Morris, Larry Nance Jr., Jaylen Nowell, Cedi Osman, Mason Plumlee, Jakob Poeltl, Dwight Powell, Paul Reed Jr., Naz Reid, Nick Richards, Terrance Ross, Dario Saric, Lamar Stevens, Xavier Tillman Sr. and Dean Wade.

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