Wizards’ Jason Smith Opts In For Next Season

JUNE 30th, 8:04am: Smith has officially opted in, according to the RealGM transactions log.

MAY 16th, 4:20pm: Wizards center/power forward Jason Smith has exercised his $5.45MM option for next season, relays Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

The 32-year-old had a player option as part of a three-year, $16MM contract he signed as a free agent in 2016. He appeared in just 33 games this season, averaging 3.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per night.

Smith’s decision pushes the Wizards above the $119MM mark in guaranteed salary for next season, dangerously close to the projected $123MM luxury tax. Washington is still waiting on a decision from Jodie Meeks, who can opt out of a $3,454,500 salary.

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10 thoughts on “Wizards’ Jason Smith Opts In For Next Season

  1. sals029

    Pretty clear that was going to happen. Meeks will opt in too, very unlikely he gets that on the market

    • camdenyards46

      I am excited to see who the Wizards get at 15. We got Kelly Oubre around there, and he has proven to be a nice sixth man. I would rather not trade that pick for salary relief when we will still have negative cap space without the Meeks and Smith deals.

  2. mcmillankmm

    At least Meeks won’t hit their full cap will he? I would think the suspension will cut that down.

  3. 1977Odualum

    Why can’t the Wiz selfish max contract players be like Kevin Durant with him taking a $5M pay cut in order for his team to strengthen the team. Wiz don’t really have good team but won’t do anything about it

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