Kings Won’t Pick Up 2020/21 Options On Giles, Swanigan

The Kings are declining two of their four rookie scale options for the 2020/21 season, a league source tells James Ham of NBC Sports California (Twitter link). According to Ham, Sacramento won’t be picking up the fourth-year options for Harry Giles ($3,976,510) or Caleb Swanigan ($3,665,787).

As expected, Sacramento has exercised its fourth-year option on De’Aaron Fox ($8,099,627) and its third-year option on Marvin Bagley III ($8,963,640). Those were procedural moves and were never in doubt. However, the decisions on Giles and Swanigan are a little more interesting.

Giles, the 20th overall pick in the 2017 draft, has been plagued by knee issues since entering the league. Injuries cost him his entire rookie year and limited him to 58 games (14.1 MPG) in 2018/19. He has also yet to play this season as he battles knee pain.

Given his upside, I still though Sacramento would likely exercise Giles’ 2020/21 option. However, it appears the club decided the risk outweighed the reward when it came to guaranteeing nearly $4MM for the big man.

The Kings’ option decision on Swanigan is less surprising. The former Purdue power forward has averaged just 2.1 PPG and 2.4 RPG in 51 career regular season contests with Portland and Sacramento, having never developed into a reliable rotation player.

Giles and Swanigan, two of just four players around the NBA who have had their rookie scale options turned down, will both become unrestricted free agents in 2020 as a result of today’s decisions. At that time, Sacramento won’t be able to offer them a starting salary worth more than the value of their declined options.

Meanwhile, Fox will become extension-eligible next July, while Bagley has one more option on his rookie scale contract for the 2021/22 season.

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4 thoughts on “Kings Won’t Pick Up 2020/21 Options On Giles, Swanigan

  1. As much as I like Giles, it’s hard to justify giving him an extension when he has NOT even played a full season in the NBA or w/o knee issues.

  2. Tazza

    Supersede they didn’t extend Giles just because of his value. If they extend him it holds more value that not and him becoming a restricted free agent end of the year.

    Similarly to how Malik Monk only got extended to hold his value

  3. formerlyz

    How injured is Giles that they wont puck up his option? I didnt believe in him at all until what we saw from him last season, and if he could stay healthy, I thought he still had a lot of upside. I loved his activity on defense, specifically, but he seemed like a great fit at the 5. I think Bagley has shown to be better than I originally thought, but I’m still not sold on where he plays

  4. I have to believe that prior to not extending a RSC guy, the team attempted to trade him and couldn’t find a taker for value.

    Giles is confusing in that the Kings drafted him at #20 knowing he’d likely enter last year (his second) after essentially missing most of the prior 3 seasons, and 4 of the last 5. 3.9 mm isn’t a huge commitment.

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