Decisions On 2019/20 Rookie Scale Team Options

Under the NBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the deadline for teams to sign fourth-year players to rookie scale extensions was 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 2018/19 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 2019/20 campaign.

For players who signed their rookie scale contracts in 2016 and have been in the NBA for two years, teams must decide on fourth-year options for 2019/20. 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 ’19/20.

In many cases, these decisions aren’t hard ones. Rookie scale salaries are affordable enough 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 Jazz would ever consider turning down their option on Donovan Mitchell, for instance.

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 2019/20 team options that clubs must make by October 31. This list will be updated throughout the rest of the offseason and into the first couple weeks of the regular season, as teams’ decisions are reported and announced. The salary figures listed here reflect the cap hits for each team.

Here are the NBA’s rookie scale team option decisions for 2019/20 salaries:

Atlanta Hawks

Boston Celtics

Brooklyn Nets

Charlotte Hornets

Chicago Bulls

Cleveland Cavaliers

Dallas Mavericks

Denver Nuggets

Detroit Pistons

Golden State Warriors

Houston Rockets

Indiana Pacers

Los Angeles Clippers

  • None

Los Angeles Lakers

Memphis Grizzlies

  • None

Miami Heat

Milwaukee Bucks

Minnesota Timberwolves

New Orleans Pelicans

  • None

New York Knicks

Oklahoma City Thunder

Orlando Magic

Philadelphia 76ers

Phoenix Suns

Portland Trail Blazers

Sacramento Kings

San Antonio Spurs

Toronto Raptors

Utah Jazz

Washington Wizards

  • None

Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this post. Photos courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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7 thoughts on “Decisions On 2019/20 Rookie Scale Team Options

  1. hiflew

    Some of these will be very interesting. There are some that are no doubters for teams to accept like Mitchell, Simmons, Tatum, Kuzma, and others. There are also some like Richardson, Wilson, Leaf, Valentine that are likely to be declined. The really interesting ones will be the ones in the middle. Will the Suns give Bender and Chriss one more year? Will LeBron let the Lakers continue with Lonzo? Which of the Kings will stick around? Will teams keep players they may have cut so they don’t have the Mario Hezonja/Magic situation from last year? Should be an interesting upcoming couple of months.

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    • Ironmonger835

      Why would the Bulls decline Valentine? He’s a solid bench player who is not going to cost a lot.

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      • mcmillankmm

        Bulls will probably exercise his option to avoid the Hezonja situation where his option was declined and then he outperformed what his 4th year salary would have been. Obviously he has no idea what he’s talking about, questioning whether Lonzo’s 3rd year option will be exercised. Lol that was funny

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  2. nikumistry

    Missing G. Yabusele third year team option decision the celtics have to make this summer.

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  3. There is no way the Lakers don’t exercise Lonzo’s option. Seriously, have you seen the guy play. The guy had a stellar rookie year. As far as I can remember he is only the 3rd guy in the last 40 years to average as a rookie 10/7/7, other 2, Magic & Simmons… So how wouldn’t you keep him?

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    • hiflew

      Because it’s not just the stats you get with Lonzo. If the Lakers are not winning, look for someone to take the fall. Lonzo and his $9 million option and his family drama will be standing out like a sore thumb. Probably won’t happen, but did anyone really expect the overall #1 pick in Andrew Wiggins to be traded because LeBron wanted someone else? You never know.

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