Predictions for Potential NBA Rookie Extension Deals on the Horizon

July 27th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Don't sweat the end of NBA free agency. It's now extension season!

C.J. McCollum and the Portland Trail Blazers were kind enough to get us started, striking a four-year, $106 million agreement, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. This will be the first of many dominoes to fall between now and the league's late-October extension deadline. Locking up certain soon-to-be restricted free agents is paramount for teams with another salary-cap spike scheduled for 2017.

For clarity's sake, the forthcoming predictions refer only to pre-deadline deals. Players who aren't included won't necessarily leave their incumbent digs. They'll just wait until next summer to negotiate their payday.

This rule will only be cast aside for those considered max-contract formalities. Current teams might wait until next summer before handing out these pacts in order to preserve financial flexibility. We're predicting players will sign a max deal to stay put at some point, be it before deadline day or in restricted free agency.


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