The Pistons have become the latest team to exercise a team option for 2017/18, having picked up the third-year option on Stanley Johnson‘s rookie contract, the club announced today in a press release. The move, which was due before October 31, guarantees Johnson’s $3.098MM salary for ’17/18.
Johnson, the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft, averaged 23.1 minutes per contest in 73 games for the Pistons during his rookie season, contributing 8.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG, and 1.6 APG. While those numbers aren’t exactly eye-popping, they came in Johnson’s age-19 season, making it a no-brainer decision for Detroit to pick up his option for 2017/18.
The Pistons will have one more option decision due on Johnson next October, and assuming they exercise his 2018/19 option as well, the young forward will be extension-eligible in 2018. He’d be on track for restricted free agency in the summer of 2019.
Check out our rookie-scale team option tracker for a full breakdown of the decisions announced or reported so far.