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, there’s a good chance 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.

No player options have been picked up or turned down yet, but that will likely start happening in the coming weeks. According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, the first option decision of the year – Nicolas Batum‘s – is due on October 6, which the rest to follow shortly thereafter.

It’s possible those decision deadlines will be adjusted if NBA free agency is pushed back, but many of this year’s player option decisions won’t require a whole lot of deliberation, so they may be made sooner rather than later.

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.


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14 thoughts on “NBA Player Option Decisions For 2020/21

  1. hiflew

    Aside form Anthony Davis, I would be very surprised to see any of these player options declined. Even Davis might have to consider accepting with the cap situation in limbo right now.

    • wagner13

      Agreed. The only players I could possibly see considering opting out are Olynyk and Grant if they believe securing a long-term pact at a reduced annual value would be more worthwhile than taking the cash upfront

    • Real 2K Insider

      There is no way that Davis opts in. The long-term security of a new deal is worth significantly more than whatever the 1-year difference might be. He is an obvious max no matter what the figure is.

      It ain’t like the cap situation will be better the following off-season.

  2. mihailomsm

    What kind of mighty thievery is this?! Otto Porter Jr. earns $28,5 million, nad Nicolas Batum earns $27,1 million!

  3. Curtisrowe

    100 percent locks to pick up their options are Batum. Hayward, Drummond, James Johnson, Conley and Hardaway.

  4. x%sure

    I did not see a player on the list who a GM might want to steal away with a call to an agent.

    If the Lakers lose, Avery Bradley may get a build-up as he whose absence caused the loss. Fingers will be pointed at him and he would be motivated to come back hard. Players who opted out are probably not happy with that decision.
    Then again, BasRef does not show he has an option.

  5. Appalachian_Outlaw

    I can’t see too many of these guys opting out. Those figures listed above are guaranteed. That money is coming. You hit that market and, man, who knows? Davis is the only guy who will 100% opt out and get paid in LA. If anyone else does, I’d be shocked. They’d have to have a strong inkling some team is interested.

  6. The Human Rain Delay

    I think Grant could probably get a 4/44 if he wanted to test the market, perhaps even a little more-

    Not everyone can wait around till 22 for the bigger contracts. Might be smart for some of these under the radar guys (like grant) to get that 1 big contract this offseason

    ** I think Bradley leaves as it might just be better with a fresh start….He wont lose any money in the end just change zip codes

  7. KnickerbockerAl

    How does a career 11 pts, 4.9 reb, 1.5 ast, 48% FG, 40% 3PT FG, 80% FT. A good 3PT shooter.
    Make 28 million a yr. What kind of genius gave this money up to Otto Porter.

    • Real 2K Insider

      Most of the bad contracts over the last five years were offer sheets the Nets made to Restricted Free Agents.

      Otto Porter (4/106), Allan Crabbe (4/75), Tyler Johnson (4/50).

      In the case of Otto Porter, the Kings made him an identical offer. As a 23-year-old, w/ potential to continue improving, he was certainly in demand.

      The main issue w/ his contract is he’s only played 29 games w/ the Bulls since they acquired him. He’s a top 15 SF, which puts him in Harrison Barnes territory rather than Tony Snell at 13M

  8. Real 2K Insider

    Opt out candidates:

    PG: Rajon Rondo, Austin Rivers
    SG: Avery Bradley, Wesley Matthews
    SF: James Ennis, Jerami Grant
    PF: Mario Hezonja
    C: Willie Cauley-Stein

    Jerami Grant has already indicated he’s leaning towards opting out.

    Every other listed player is underpaid and could negotiate a marginally higher rate if they so choose.

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