Recent NBA Rookie Scale Extension History

Shortly after the July moratorium ended last month, Suns guard Devin Booker became the first player to sign a rookie scale extension in 2018, inking a five-year, maximum salary contract that will take effect in 2019/20. Currently, it’s projected to be worth just over $158MM.

While Booker was the first fourth-year player to sign a rookie scale extension this year, he likely won’t be the last. Twenty-two other players are extension-eligible up until the first day of the regular season, and in a typical NBA offseason, between four and eight rookie scale extensions are completed.

Listed below are all the rookie scale extensions that have been signed over the last five offseasons. These deals should help give us an idea of what we can expect this year

Typically, at least a couple mega-deals are completed in each offseason, so it’s a safe bet that at least one more star (likely Karl-Anthony Towns) will join Booker in that group. A handful of less lucrative contracts are often finalized in each offseason too, so non-stars can be extension candidates — Bobby Portis, Larry Nance, Justise Winslow, and Trey Lyles are among the players who could fit that bill this offseason.

Here’s the full list of rookie scale extensions from the last five years:






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5 thoughts on “Recent NBA Rookie Scale Extension History

  1. Cannot understand why Minny hasn’t yet offered the max to KAT, at least I haven’t heard anything, they should have been as fast as Phoenix with Booker, as much as I think Booker is gonna be a superstar the guy is so good, KAT is even better, so I don’t get it, all last summer was talk about Wiggins’ max, but nothing about KAT… SMH

    • PLEASE! Stop commenting, or at least think about what you’d like to say before typing. You are coming over as a 14 year old non-English-speaker who’s basketball knowledge is based entirely on stats.

      If you’ve watched him (KAT) AT ALL, you’ll notice his complete lack of defensive awareness and his turnovers as a result of lack of vision, in conjunction with questions about focus/maturity. He’s going to be good, even very good, but it’s not a given he’ll be a superstar.

        • Sorry if my comments bother you, but you are off by 30 years only, so not too bad. I have a degree in maths, so for me numbers explain all in life, how you see a player or what you think contributes is all a matter of opinion… but his stats, you can’t argue with that, maths and numbers don’t lie and they’re a fact. So yes that’s how I most value a player, by stats and metrics, which never fail. Sorry if this is a bore to you, not my intention to upset anyone. Statistically KAT is an absolute monster, a sure MVP candidate.

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