Sixers Decline Option On Furkan Korkmaz

The Sixers won’t pick up the third-year option on Furkan Korkmaz, tweets Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The 21-year-old shooting guard was set to earn $2,033,160 next season, but he hasn’t been able to crack the rotation and is no longer in Philadelphia’s long-term plans.

The decision doesn’t come as a surprise because Korkmaz wasn’t included in the Sixers’ announcement Monday when they exercised their options on Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric. Teams tend to release all their option decisions at once, although Simmons, Fultz and Saric were easy choices.

Korkmaz hasn’t seen much playing time since leaving Turkey to join the Sixers before the start of last sesason. He has appeared in five games this this year, averaging 5.2 minutes per night. He got into just 14 games last year and spent much of the season in the G League.

Today’s decision means Korkmaz will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. He will receive his full $1,740,000 salary for this season, but he could become much more expendable if the Sixers need to open a roster spot.

The decision may also make it more difficult for Philadelphia to trade him. Unless he gets waived, Korkmaz can’t be offered a starting salary higher than the value of his option by whichever team has him when the season ends. That may lead an interested team to wait for free agency, rather than giving up something in trade and risking not being able to re-sign him.

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9 thoughts on “Sixers Decline Option On Furkan Korkmaz

  1. DynamiteAdams

    Why not pick that option up? It’s not like it’s that risky plus we did this with Okafor and I feel like we lost trade value because of it

    • Ironmonger835

      Because The Sixers don’t know what they’re doing. All that losing to get 2 players. So many busts.

      • dust44

        Technically to get 3 guys. They just took Fultz instead of Tatum, Mitchell or Markkanen

      • wellyou'rewrong

        Or…here me out, they don’t want to waste anymore time on trash players that no one would give any value for. Then again you keep spouting the same stupid statement on every declined TO as if they should all be picked up. lol

    • Good point DA. They did same thing with stauskas too I think. They just buried korkmaz on bench until he’s dealt. Brown will never give him a chance now. Dumb move. Over $2 mil? Makes no sense. How about developing him EB?

      • Grant

        Yeah blame the new guy for the mistakes of the previous regime. Makes sense

    • Lefty_Orioles_Fan

      Talk to Harris the owner, he’s a moron and Brand is nothing more than an over-matched ‘Yes’ Man

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