Posts Tagged ‘2016 free agency’

Free agency update: Options and qualifying offers

HANG TIME, N.J. — Before free agency officially tipped off at midnight ET on Friday morning, players and teams had to make decisions on contract options, qualifying offers, and contracts that were either partially or non-guaranteed. Here’s the low down on who’s staying and who could be going.

Player options

These players had an option in the final year of their contract. If they exercised it, they were in for one more year. If they declined it, they became free agents Friday morning.

Exercised (under contract for one more year)
Caron Butler (SAC)
Tim Duncan (SAS)
Mo Williams (CLE)

Declined (free agents)
Quincy Acy (SAC)
Arron Afflalo (NYK)
Cole Aldrich (LAC)
James Anderson (SAC)
Darrell Arthur (DEN)
Brandon Bass (LAL)
Bismack Biyombo (TOR)
Seth Curry (SAC) – Restricted
DeMar DeRozan (TOR)
Wayne Ellington (BKN)
Pau Gasol (CHI)
Alonzo Gee (NOP)
Manu Ginobili (SAS)
Dwight Howard (HOU)
LeBron James (CLE)
Wesley Johnson (LAC)
Shane Larkin (BKN)
Jeremy Lin (CHA)
Dirk Nowitzki (DAL)
Chandler Parsons (DAL)
Austin Rivers (LAC)
J.R. Smith (CLE)
Thomas Robinson (BKN)
David West (SAS)
Deron Williams (DAL)
Derrick Williams (NYK)

Team options

Here, the decision lies with the team. If they exercised the team option, they keep the player for another year. If the team declined it, they allowed the player to become a free agent.

Exercised (under contract for one more year)
Jordan McRae (CLE)
Mike Muscala (ATL)
Hollis Thompson (PHI)

Declined (free agents)
Xavier Munford (MEM)
Damjan Rudez (MIN)
Lance Stephenson (MEM)

Note: Munford and Rudez could have been restricted free agents, but their teams didn’t issue them qualifying offers either (see below). They’re unrestricted.

Qualifying offers

Some players were eligible for restricted free agency. This group includes 2012 first round Draft picks who had their third-and fourth-year options picked up and just completed their rookie contract, as well as other players who have played three or fewer seasons in the league.

Restricted free agency allows the team to match any offer the player receives from another team. But in order to have that right, the team must have issued the player a qualifying offer by Thursday night. If a qualifying offer wasn’t issued, that player is an unrestricted free agent instead.

The qualifying offer is binding as a one-year contract. If the player signs it, he’s under contract for next season. He could also sign an offer sheet from another team (which his team would have the ability to match), and he and his team could agree on a new, multi-year contract. The team also has the ability to rescind the qualifying offer going forward.

Issued (restricted free agents)
Harrison Barnes (GSW)
Bradley Beal (WAS)
Tarik Black (LAL)
Markel Brown (BKN)
Jordan Clarkson (LAL)
Allen Crabbe (POR)
Troy Daniels (CHA)
Dewayne Dedmon (ORL)
Matthew Dellavedova (CLE)
Andre Drummond (DET)
Festus Ezeli (GSW)
Evan Fournier (ORL)
Tim Frazier (NOP)
Langston Galloway (NYK)
Maurice Harkless (POR)
Marcelo Huertas (LAL)
Tyler Johnson (MIA)
Meyers Leonard (POR)
Boban Marjanovic (SAS)
Donatas Motiejunas (HOU)
Miles Plumlee (MIL)
Dwight Powell (DAL)
Jared Sullinger (BOS)
Dion Waiters (OKC)
Tyler Zeller (BOS)

Not issued (unrestricted free agents)
Isaiah Canaan (PHI)
Ian Clark (GSW)
Cleanthony Early (NYK)
James Ennis (NOP)
Jorge Gutierrez (CHA)
Terrence Jones (HOU)
Ryan Kelly (LAL)
James Michael McAdoo (GSW)
Eric Moreland (SAC)
Andrew Nicholson (ORL)
Willie Reed (BKN)
Christian Wood (PHI)

Waived

The following players were waived by their team before Friday night so that their contracts didn’t become guaranteed. They will become free agents at 5 p.m. ET on the dates listed if no other team claims them off waivers before then.

Damien Ingles (MIL) – July 1
Jarrett Jack (BKN) – July 2
Johnny O’Bryant (MIL) – July 1
Greg Smith (MIN) – July 2

Thunder, Wizards do best to manage madness


VIDEO: Wizards, Thunder square off tonight in NBA TV’s Fan Night game

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The chatter is inevitable.

And it won’t go away anytime soon.

Never mind the seasons to be played for both the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Washington Wizards, combatants tonight at the Verizon Center (7 p.m., ET for Fan Night on NBA TV).

Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is making his final trip home to the nation’s capitol before he hits free agency in the summer, when the Wizards (and all other interested parties) will pursue one of the best players in the game.

But what could be a season-long distraction for both sides should be anything but, given the way Durant and the Wizards are handling things. Durant has made a point of not entertaining the subject as best he can, going so far as calling it “disrespectful” for Wizards fans to prioritize him or any other free agent over rooting for their own team, which has been a rising force in the Eastern Conference the past two seasons.

To their credit, the Wizards are doing the same. Bradley Beal agreed with Durant, telling The Washington Post:

“It is disrespectful because he plays for Oklahoma City,” Beal said Monday. “He doesn’t play for Washington.”

Once the final buzzer sounds tonight, both teams can put this media circus aside for the foreseeable future and return to the business at hand. For the Thunder, that means attempting to return to their lofty status among the Western Conference elite. For the Wizards, they want to occupy a similar place in the Eastern Conference.

Barring a matchup in The Finals, the only time this particular storyline will be revisited before the summer is in the lead up to a Feb. 1 matchup between the two in Oklahoma City.

That said, their seasons will be inextricably linked all the way until July, when free agency kicks off in its usual crazy mode. Then, and only then, will we get a full understanding of what the future holds for Durant and his hometown team.

Right now his focus is on the Thunder and how they navigate the early stages of this season under new coach Billy Donovan. There are chemistry issues that need to be resolved, adjustments to be made by role players and stars alike, a collective comfort zone to be located.

Durant will stay busy reminding us all that no matter where he plays, he remains one of the league’s most lethal weapons. For he and fellow superstar Russell Westbrook, chasing the Golden State Warriors for that No. 1 spot in the Western Conference is their first and only priority.

Beal, All-Star point guard John Wall and the Wizards have business of their own to tend to in advance of free agency, first and foremost proving that they are a force to be reckoned with in the East. And that’s with or without any additional superstar help, and no matter what kind of external hype is swirling around them.

“It’s the same I said last year,” Wall told The Post. “We can’t worry about what Kevin Durant’s doing. He’s worried about his OKC team and me and Brad and the other 13 guys on the team, we’re worried about the Washington Wizards.” We’re not here to tank and not try to make the playoffs and not try to win a championship and do those things.”

That’s the right attitude, because the chatter is inevitable.

And even if it’s absent from the headlines for a while, it won’t end anytime soon.


VIDEO: John Wall and the Wizards topped Kevin Durant and the Thunder in their matchup at Verizon Center last season