Under the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the deadline for teams to sign fourth-year players to rookie scale extensions has been moved up from October 31 to the last day before the regular season begins, but Halloween remains an important date on the NBA’s calendar. It’s the last day that clubs can exercise team options on the rookie scale contracts of former first-round picks.
All the players whose options will be exercised or declined by October 31 are already under contract for the 2017/18 season. Their teams will have to make a decision on whether they want to lock in those players’ contracts beyond the coming season, picking up or turning down team options for the 2018/19 campaign.
For players who signed their rookie scale contracts in 2015 and have been in the NBA for two years, teams must decide on fourth-year options for 2018/19. For players who just signed their rookie deals last year and only have one season of NBA experience under their belts, teams will already be faced with a decision on third-year options for ’18/19.
In many cases, these decisions aren’t hard ones. Rookie scale salaries are so affordable – particularly with the salary cap poised to surpass $100MM next summer – that it usually makes sense to exercise most of these team options, even if a player isn’t a key cog on the roster. And for those players who do have a significant role on a team’s roster, the decision is even easier — it’s not as if the Knicks would even consider declining their option on Kristaps Porzingis. In fact, they’ve already picked it up.
Still, we’ll wait for a trusted reporter, the NBA, a player (or his agent), or a team itself to confirm that an option is indeed being exercised or declined, and we’ll track that news in this space.
Listed below are all the rookie scale decisions for 2018/19 team options that clubs must make by October 31. This list will be updated throughout the rest of the offseason, as teams’ decisions are reported and announced. The salary figures listed here reflect the cap hits for each team — players’ actual salaries will be a little higher, since recent first-round picks received pay bumps as a result of the new CBA.
Here are the NBA’s rookie scale team option decisions for 2018/19 salaries:
- Taurean Prince (third year, $2,526,840): Exercised
- DeAndre’ Bembry (third year, $1,634,640): Exercised
- D’Angelo Russell (fourth year, $7,019,698): Exercised
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (fourth year, $2,470,357): Exercised
- Caris LeVert (third year, $1,702,800): Exercised
- Kris Dunn (third year, $4,221,000): Exercised
- Cameron Payne (fourth year, $3,263,294): Exercised
- Jerian Grant (fourth year, $2,639,314): Exercised
- Bobby Portis (fourth year, $2,494,346): Exercised
- Denzel Valentine (third year, $2,280,600): Exercised
- Emmanuel Mudiay (fourth year, $4,294,480): Exercised
- Jamal Murray (third year, $3,499,800): Exercised
- Trey Lyles (fourth year, $3,364,249): Exercised
- Juan Hernangomez (third year, $2,166,360): Exercised
- Malik Beasley (third year, $1,773,840): Exercised
- Stanley Johnson (fourth year, $3,940,402): Exercised
- Henry Ellenson (third year, $1,857,480): Exercised
Golden State Warriors
- Myles Turner (fourth year, $3,410,284): Exercised
- Domantas Sabonis (third year, $2,659,800): Exercised
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
- Brandon Ingram (third year, $5,757,120): Exercised
- Larry Nance Jr. (fourth year, $2,272,391): Exercised
- Karl-Anthony Towns (fourth year, $7,839,435): Exercised
- Tyus Jones (fourth year, $2,444,053): Exercised
New Orleans Pelicans
New York Knicks
Oklahoma City Thunder
- Ben Simmons (third year, $6,434,520): Exercised
- Jahlil Okafor (fourth year, $6,313,832): Declined
- Dario Saric (third year, $2,526,840): Exercised
- Justin Anderson (fourth year, $2,516,048): Exercised
- Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (third year, $1,544,951): Exercised
- Dragan Bender (third year, $4,661,280): Exercised
- Devin Booker (fourth year, $3,314,365): Exercised
- Marquese Chriss (third year, $3,206,160): Exercised
Portland Trail Blazers
- Willie Cauley-Stein (fourth year, $4,696,875): Exercised
- Buddy Hield (third year, $3,833,760): Exercised
- Georgios Papagiannis (third year, $2,400,480): Exercised
- Malachi Richardson (third year, $1,569,360): Exercised
- Skal Labissiere (third year, $1,544,951): Exercised
San Antonio Spurs
- Jakob Poeltl (third year, $2,947,320): Exercised
- Delon Wright (fourth year, $2,536,898): Exercised
- Pascal Siakam (third year, $1,544,951): Exercised
- Kelly Oubre (fourth year, $3,208,630): Exercised
- Chris McCullough (fourth year, $2,243,326): Declined
Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this post.