July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals.
For players who are entering the fourth and final year of their rookie scale contracts, July 1 is the first day that they can sign rookie scale extensions. Those players, who are – for the most part – 2015 first-round selections, will have until the start of the 2018/19 regular season to finalize long-term agreements with their current teams.
Players eligible for rookie scale extensions can sign new deals that run up to four or five years, with those contracts taking effect to start the 2019/20 season. If they don’t sign extensions during this offseason, those players will be eligible for restricted free agency in the summer of 2019.
A year ago, only four players eligible for rookie scale extensions signed new deals between July 1 and the start of the season, which was an unusually low number. Here are the players eligible to sign rookie scale extensions this year, beginning on July 1:
- Justin Anderson (Hawks)
- Devin Booker (Suns): Extended
- Willie Cauley-Stein (Kings)
- Sam Dekker (Cavaliers)
- Jerian Grant (Magic)
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (Nets)
- Stanley Johnson (Pistons)
- Tyus Jones (Timberwolves)
- Frank Kaminsky (Hornets)
- Trey Lyles (Nuggets)
- Jarell Martin (Magic)
- Emmanuel Mudiay (Knicks)
- Larry Nance Jr. (Cavaliers): Extended
- Kelly Oubre Jr. (Wizards)
- Cameron Payne (Bulls)
- Bobby Portis (Bulls)
- Kristaps Porzingis (Knicks)
- Terry Rozier (Celtics)
- D’Angelo Russell (Nets)
- Karl-Anthony Towns (Timberwolves): Extended
- Myles Turner (Pacers): Extended
- Justise Winslow (Heat): Extended
- Delon Wright (Raptors)
The following players were selected in the first round of the 2015 draft along with most of the players listed above, but aren’t eligible for rookie-scale extensions this year:
- Mario Hezonja: Fourth-year option declined in 2017.
- R.J. Hunter: Waived in 2016.
- Kevon Looney: Fourth-year option declined in 2017.
- Chris McCullough: Fourth-year option declined in 2017.
- Nikola Milutinov: Has yet to sign rookie contract.
- Jahlil Okafor: Fourth-year option declined in 2017.
- Rashad Vaughn: Fourth-year option declined in 2017 (waived in 2018).
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