With the NBA set to return to its usual schedule for the start of the 2021/22 regular season, the deadline for decisions on third- and fourth-year team options for players on rookie scale contracts is back to its usual date at the end of October. Actually, because October 31 falls on a Sunday this year, the deadline will be on the Monday (November 1).
All the players whose options will be exercised or declined by November 1 are already under contract for the 2021/22 season. Their teams will have to make a decision on whether they want to lock in those players’ contracts beyond the coming season, picking up or turning down team options for the 2022/23 campaign.
For players who signed their rookie scale contracts in 2019 and have already been in the NBA for two years, teams must decide on fourth-year options for 2022/23. For players who just signed their rookie deals last year and only have one season of NBA experience under their belts, teams will already be faced with a decision on third-year options for ’22/23.
In many cases, these decisions aren’t hard ones. Rookie scale salaries are affordable enough that it usually makes sense to exercise most of these team options, even if a player isn’t a key cog on the roster. And for those players who do have a significant role on a team’s roster, the decision is even easier — it’s not as if the Hornets will consider turning down their option on LaMelo Ball, for instance.
Still, we’ll wait for a trusted reporter, the NBA, a player (or his agent), or a team itself to confirm that an option is indeed being exercised or declined, and we’ll track that news in this space.
Listed below are all the rookie scale decisions for 2022/23 team options that clubs must make by November 1. This list will be updated throughout the rest of the month as teams’ decisions are reported and announced. The salary figures listed here reflect the cap hits for each team.
Here are the NBA’s rookie scale team option decisions for 2022/23 salaries:
- De’Andre Hunter (fourth year, $9,835,881)
- Onyeka Okongwu (third year, $6,395,160)
- Cam Reddish (fourth year, $5,954,454)
- Romeo Langford (fourth year, $5,634,257)
- Grant Williams (fourth year, $4,306,281)
- Aaron Nesmith (third year, $3,804,360)
- Payton Pritchard (third year, $2,239,200)
- Sekou Doumbouya (fourth year, $5,539,771)
- Darius Garland (fourth year, $8,920,795)
- Isaac Okoro (third year, $7,040,880)
- Dylan Windler (fourth year, $4,037,278)
- Josh Green (third year, $3,098,400)
- Zeke Nnaji (third year, $2,617,800)
- Killian Hayes (third year, $5,837,760)
- Isaiah Stewart (third year, $3,433,320)
- Saddiq Bey (third year, $2,959,080)
Golden State Warriors
- Kevin Porter (fourth year, $3,217,631)
- Goga Bitadze (fourth year, $4,765,339)
Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Lakers
- Ja Morant (fourth year, $12,119,440)
- Jarrett Culver (fourth year, $8,109,063)
- Brandon Clarke (fourth year, $4,343,920)
- Desmond Bane (third year, $2,130,240)
New Orleans Pelicans
- Zion Williamson (fourth year, $13,534,817)
- Jaxson Hayes (fourth year, $6,803,012)
- Nickeil Alexander-Walker (fourth year, $5,009,633)
- Kira Lewis (third year, $4,004,280)
New York Knicks
- RJ Barrett (fourth year, $10,900,635)
- Obi Toppin (third year, $5,348,280)
- Immanuel Quickley (third year, $2,316,240)
Oklahoma City Thunder
- Darius Bazley (fourth year, $4,264,629)
- Ty Jerome (fourth year, $4,220,057)
- Aleksej Pokusevski (third year, $3,261,480)
- Cole Anthony (third year, $3,613,680)
- Chuma Okeke (third year, $3,433,320)
- R.J. Hampton (third year, $2,412,840)
Portland Trail Blazers
- Nassir Little (fourth year, $4,171,548)
- Tyrese Haliburton (third year, $4,215,120)
San Antonio Spurs
- Luka Samanic (fourth year, $4,556,983)
- Devin Vassell (third year, $4,437,000)
- Keldon Johnson (fourth year, $3,873,025)
- Udoka Azubuike (third year, $2,174,880)
Information from Basketball Insiders was used in the creation of this post.