In addition to being the deadline for fourth-year players to extend their rookie scale contracts, October 31st also represented the last day that teams could exercise their players' third- and fourth-year options for the 2013/14 season.
For the most part, these options were exercised without much fanfare. The Cavaliers weren't about to turn down their third-year option for Kyrie Irving, for instance. However, not all of the 55 players with options had their contracts guaranteed for the '13/14 season. Some were waived by their current teams, making them unrestricted free agents immediately. Others simply had their options turned down, meaning they'll play out the year under contract and become free agents at season's end.
Here's the complete list of the players whose '13/14 options were not exercised, along with their teams and the salaries they would have earned:
- Cole Aldrich (Rockets), $3.25MM
- Al-Farouq Aminu (Hornets), $3.75MM
- Luke Babbitt (Trail Blazers), $2.9MM
- Christian Eyenga (Magic), $2.12MM (Waived)
- Lazar Hayward (Rockets), $2.12MM (Waived)
- Xavier Henry (Hornets), $3.2MM
- JaJuan Johnson (Rockets), $1.14MM (Waived)
- Wesley Johnson (Suns), $5.42MM
- Dominique Jones (Mavericks), $2.3MM
- Nolan Smith (Trail Blazers), $1.42MM
- Elliot Williams (Trail Blazers), $2.37MM
For the complete list of 2013/14 option decisions, be sure to check out our tracker.