NBA Player Option Decisions For 2020/21

A number of NBA contracts include player options in the final year. Those option years give the player the opportunity to either opt into the final year of his deal, finishing out his contract, or to decline the option and hit the free agent market a year early.

Several factors play a part in a player’s option decision. The value of the option salary is obviously crucial, as is the player’s performance in the season leading up to his decision. In 2020, the state of the NBA’s salary cap also figures to be a major consideration for players weighing their decisions.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the cap won’t increase in 2020/21 from its current level (approximately $109MM), which means fewer teams will have the ability to spend in free agency. As a result, many players who hold options for ’20/21 will likely prefer to take the guaranteed money on their current contracts rather than rolling the dice on the open market.

This year’s player options are listed below. This list – which can be found anytime under the “Hoops Rumors Features” menu on the right sidebar on our desktop site or on the “Features” page in our mobile menu – will be updated throughout the fall to note the latest decisions.

Point Guards

Shooting Guards

Small Forwards

Power Forwards


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