NBA's Deadline on Rookie Contract Extensions Pushed Back
NBA senior vice president of basketball communications Tim Frank confirmed Thursday that teams have until Nov. 1, rather than the usual Oct. 31, to make decisions on rookie contract extensions. The extra day is because Oct. 31 falls on a Sunday, so the deadline reverts to the next business day.
The deadline affects teams deciding whether to pick up the third- and fourth-year contract options of players drafted in the 2009 and 2008 first rounds and whether to sign players selected in the 2007 first round to extensions or let them become restricted free agents next summer.
Nov. 1, for instance, is the deadline for Portland to decide whether to sign Greg Oden, the top pick in the 2007 draft, to a contract extension or allow him to become a restricted free agent next summer. Due to Oden's numerous injuries, most recently a knee injury that finished him for the season last December, it's not expected such an extension will be signed.
The only player from the 2007 draft to have inked an extension so far is Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, the No. 2 pick who got a maximum deal in July. It's looking good that Atlanta center Al Horford, taken No. 3, and Chicago center Joakim Noah, selected No. 9, also will get extensions by Nov. 1.
Among other players taken in the top 10 of that draft, No. 8 Brandan Wright, selected by Charlotte and sent to Golden State on draft night, looks to be another likely candidate to not get an extension this fall after missing all of last season with a shoulder injury. It remains to be seen what will happen with No. 4 Mike Conley (Memphis), No. 5 Jeff Green (Oklahoma City), No. 6 Yi Jianlian (drafted by Milwaukee and now with Washington), No. 7 Corey Brewer (Minnesota) and No. 10 Spencer Hawes (drafted by Sacramento and now with Philadelphia).
Regardless, teams have an extra day this fall to decide. But that's actually one day less than last fall when Oct. 31 fell on a Saturday and the deadline was Nov. 2.
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