Who got NBA rookie extensions, who didn't and what happens next
By Tim Bontemps
The Washington Post|
Oct 16, 2018 at 1:25 PM
The NBA's rookie extension deadline came and went Monday evening, and a few players saw themselves be rewarded with life-changing deals.
In total, five players — Karl-Anthony Towns, Justise Winslow, Myles Turner, Devin Booker and Larry Nance Jr. — agreed to extensions this offseason, while the remainder of the players selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft will wait until next summer to potentially cash in long-term.
Here is a quick look at how all 30 players taken in that first round fared, why they came to an agreement — or failed to — and what comes next.
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Minnesota Timberwolves (five years, $158 million)
It took Towns until training camp to agree to his five-year max extension — far longer than it typically does to get such deals done — in yet another sign of the dysfunction within the Timberwolves. That said, it did get done, and now Minnesota will wait to see what happens with Jimmy Butler, and how long he actually remains on the same team as the uber-talented center.
2. D'Angelo Russell, PG, Brooklyn Nets (no extension)
With the Nets wanting to land big fish in free agency next summer, Russell was never expected to sign an extension. Now it will be up to him to prove he's worthy of a payday next summer — or else potentially be headed to a third team in five NBA seasons.
3. Jahlil Okafor, C, New Orleans Pelicans (ineligible)
Okafor's fall from grace remains truly remarkable. Now on his third team, he's hoping to revive his career in The Big Easy.
4. Kristaps Porzingis, PF/C, New York Knicks (no extension)
Porzingis didn't get an extension, but he isn't going anywhere. Assuming he proves he's healthy when he returns from his torn anterior cruciate ligament sometime in early 2019, the Knicks will lock him up to a massive long-term extension next July — once they use their cap space to land a star.
5. Mario Hezonja, SF/PF, New York Knicks (ineligible)
Hezonja signed a one-year deal with the Knicks this summer, in the hopes of rebuilding his value and earning a long-term contract next summer.
6. Willey Cauley-Stein, C, Sacramento Kings (no extension)
The Kings are such a mess it remains unclear if Cauley-Stein is good enough to be a starting NBA center. Either way, him not signing an extension came as no surprise.
7. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, New York Knicks (no extension)
Mudiay needs to prove this season that he can be a solid backup option at the point; to this point in his career, he hasn't even come close to that.
8. Stanley Johnson, SF, Detroit Pistons (no extension)
Johnson is a physical freak, but hasn't developed into the kind of player the Pistons hoped he'd be. His lack of growth is partly why Stan Van Gundy is no longer coaching the Pistons, and Dwane Casey now is.
9. Frank Kaminsky, PF/C, Charlotte Hornets (no extension)
Kaminsky is a decent floor-spacing big, but does little else. Given how many ugly contracts the Hornets already have on their books, this was never happening.
10. Justise Winslow, SF/PF, Miami Heat (three years, $39 million)
This was the most interesting of the five deals that were consummated this offseason. Winslow has shown flashes of being a "lite" version of Draymond Green. But unless he can both do that more consistently and stay healthy enough to remain on the court, this feels like an overpay.
11. Myles Turner, C, Indiana Pacers (four years, $72 million)
This feels like a perfect deal for both sides. Turner gets a huge, life-changing deal, and removes the pressure of playing for a contract. Indiana, meanwhile, locks its young center up long-term and, even if Turner doesn't take large steps forward, this is an eminently reasonable pact.
On a team brimming with offensive talent, Lyles could become a useful piece off the bench for the Nuggets. If he does, Lyles could be an intriguing option on the restricted free agent market for teams looking for a combo forward who can add some offensive oomph.
13. Devin Booker, SG, Phoenix Suns (five years, $158 million)
Booker was the first player to agree to an extension this offseason, doing so way back in July while at Summer League in Las Vegas. The Suns are going to build their team around him under Igor Kokoskov, putting the ball in his hands like the Houston Rockets have with James Harden. We'll see if Booker can handle it.
14. Cameron Payne, PG, Chicago Bulls (no extension)
Payne has struggled through injuries and ineffectiveness so far in his career. If he doesn't prove he's a legit backup option this season in Chicago, he might not get another chance.
15. Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Washington Wizards (no extension)
Given how much money the Wizards are already paying John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr., it is no surprise Oubre didn't get an extension in Washington. If he has a good year, he could potentially be pulled away from the Wizards with a rich-enough offer next summer.
16. Terry Rozier, PG, Boston Celtics (no extension)
Rozier blew up during last year's playoffs, but now is going to have to spend the season playing behind Kyrie Irving in Boston. He's another guy that seems destined to go elsewhere next summer — if he isn't traded first — as Boston will struggle to afford to keep him.
17. Rashad Vaughn, SG, no team (ineligible)
Vaughn quickly flamed out of the league, and now looks ticketed to a year in the G League — if he doesn't attempt to go overseas instead.
18. Sam Dekker, SF, Cleveland Cavaliers (no extension)
Dekker has bounced around early in his career but failed to do much to merit consideration for an extension. Like several players on this list, 2018-19 is a make-or-break season for him.
19. Jerian Grant, PG, Orlando Magic (no extension)
Grant seems destined to have a long career bouncing around the NBA as a backup point guard — much like D.J. Augustin, the man with whom he's fighting for the starting job in Orlando.
20. Delon Wright, PG, Toronto Raptors (no extension)
Wright and the Raptors discussed an extension but didn't get there. With Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet both signed through next season, Wright's restricted free agency will be interesting to follow next summer.
21. Justin Anderson, SF, Atlanta Hawks (no extension)
Now on his fourth team in three years, Anderson has failed to replicate the shooting touch he showed in his final season at Virginia, which helped turn him into a first-round pick. Until that changes, it will be hard for him to be a consistent rotation option.
22. Bobby Portis, PF/C, Chicago Bulls (no extension)
Like Wright, the two sides talked, but didn't get a deal done. In this case, it makes sense; Portis is a fine backup big, and Chicago's two best players are Lauri Markkanen, a power forward, and Wendell Carter Jr., a center.
23. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF/PF, Brooklyn Nets (no extension)
Nets coach Kenny Atkinson has used Hollis-Jefferson in a lot of different ways — including as a small-ball center — but his lack of a consistent jumper, plus a low salary cap hold, keeps him from being a player worth sacrificing cap space next summer to lock up now.
24. Tyus Jones, PG, Minnesota Timberwolves (no extension)
Given everything that's happening in Minnesota these days, who could blame Minnesota for not getting something done with Jones, a nice young backup point guard who, despite his lack of size, could potentially be a starter.
25. Jarell Martin, PF/C, Orlando Magic (no extension)
Martin finally showed some signs last season, his third in the NBA. After being traded to the Magic this summer, though, it's hard to see how he'll get enough minutes to prove that wasn't a fluke.
26. Nikola Milutinov, C, San Antonio Spurs (ineligible)
Hard to sign a contract extension when you never signed a contract in the first place. Milutinov has never come over to the NBA, remaining with Greek power Olympiacos ever since the Spurs selected him.
27. Larry Nance Jr., PF/C, Cleveland Cavaliers (four years, $44 million)
The Cavaliers let it be known they wanted to get a deal done with Nance, and they managed to do so in the hours before Monday's deadline. He should be a nice fit alongside Kevin Love in Cleveland's frontcourt, as the Cavaliers try to remain competitive in the wake of LeBron James heading West.
28. R.J. Hunter, SG, no team (ineligible)
Hunter was a total flop after being taken by the Celtics in 2015. He's likely headed back to the G League again after being waived by the Atlanta Hawks over the weekend.
29. Chris McCullough, PF/C, no team (ineligible)
McCullough is headed to China after a thoroughly underwhelming three years. He never came close to living up to the promise he showed as a bouncy, athletic big upon whom the Brooklyn Nets took a chance after he tore his ACL early in his one season at Syracuse.
30. Kevon Looney, PF/C, Golden State Warriors (ineligible)
The Warriors were happy to get Looney to re-sign with them after declining his fourth-year option, and he should be in position to get rewarded for his play for the two-time defending champions next summer.