Outside of the occasional back-of-the-roster deal – like Orlando’s signing Mychal Mulder to a two-way contract earlier today – the first few weeks of the NBA regular season are usually a fairly quiet time for roster changes.
However, a noteworthy deadline arrives next Monday – teams have until November 1 to exercise the 2022/23 third and fourth year rookie scale options for players who were first-round picks in the games. draft 2019 and 2020. For example, the Riders will have to choose the fourth year option for the first round of 2019 Darius garland, while the Hornets will have to exercise the third year option for the first round of 2020 LaMelo ball.
Typically the deadline for these decisions is October 31, but it’s a Sunday this year. When the deadline falls on a weekend, it is postponed to the next working day, by ABC expert Larry Coon.
As our tracker shows, there are still a number of options to choose from, including Garland’s and Ball’s. However, there is no suspense as to whether these – or most of the others – will be exercised.
Rookie-wide contracts for productive rotating players are some of the best deals in the NBA. Most teams even choose their options on which players do not have cracked the spin, as controlling a young player with potential is usually worth the modest cost of his option.
Here is the list of option decisions that have not yet been announced or reported:
- 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)
The Cleveland Cavaliers
Golden State Warriors
It wouldn’t come as a shock if these 18 options were ultimately chosen, but there are a few players who are more at risk than others.
Windler, for example, has been limited to just 32 games since writing in 2019 due to health concerns and is not a lock in having his $ 4 million option for 2022/23 exercised.
Azubuike recorded minutes of lost time in just 15 games as a rookie and doesn’t plan on playing a rotating role in Utah anytime soon. Year three options are rarely turned down and Azubuike’s $ 2.17 million salary would be very modest, but we’ve seen the Clippers turn down Mfiondu Kabengelethe option at the same price a year ago.
Langford, Bitadze and Smith are among the other players whose option decisions won’t be automatic, although I would be a little surprised if the Pacers or Suns don’t opt ââfor Bitadze or Smith respectively.
We’ll continue to push forward all of these option decisions as they are reported over the next week or so, so be sure to keep an eye on our tracker for the latest updates.