Although it does not appear to be at this time, after having obtained a degree, the most feasible possibility Anthony Davis can leave the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in the next market if you want. In fact, for something he left the door open moments after the sixth game against Miami Heat: “Over the next few months we’ll see, I say, I’m not 100% sureFor something, my agent is who he is and we will discuss it and see what to do “stated AD.
The power forward still has ties to the Lakers for one more season, but to continue in the California team you must execute your player option. Something that seems logical with the chance to win another championship alongside LeBron James next season and because of the uncertainty that the next market presents in addition to the few teams with a wide salary space to tempt him, beyond that the Chicago Bulls of his hometown appear as a possible option.
Now, Davis is not the only player with this chance to decide for the next season: 27 other players in the league also have to choose whether or not to execute their player option, something that now does not have an established deadline because the original was postponed due to the fact that the 2019-2020 season lasted longer than expected, but that they will have to do before the 2020-2021 free agency begins.
And among those 27 names there are some of weight: from DeMar DeRozan to Andre Drummond, current figures of their franchises, to important pieces of the champion such as Rajon Rondo o Kentavious Caldwell-Pope The young people with projection like Jerami Grant. We review the biggest names on the list, with the salary estimate that they would receive in the next season in case of activating their option.
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Gordon Hayward – Boston Celtics – 31,9 millones
The player with the most expensive option, even over Anthony Davis, is Gordon Hayward heading into his fourth year with the Boston Celtics. Everything indicates that the forward will execute his option, well above his current market value, agreed upon when he was an All-Star in the Utah Jazz. Injuries made him lower his level and, although he raised a lot in 2019-2020 (17.5 points and 4.1 assists per game), he missed much of the Playoffs campaign due to another physical problem and in this situation, at age 30, it is not very tempting to jump into free agency. Plus, the Celtics will try again to reach the Finals next year.
DeMar DeRozan – San Antonio Spurs – 27.8 million
Although he narrowly missed the playoffs, DeMar DeRozan is one of the players who used to improve his image in the seeding games in orlando. Without LaMarcus Aldridge, surrounded by young people and using the ball less, DDR performed well, averaging 21.7 points, 5.7 assists and 4.4 rebounds in seven games. He seems to have revitalized his place in the Spurs heading into another year and for a good financial figure, so DeRozan’s continuity seems to be optimal for both parties.
Otto Porter Jr. – Chicago Bulls – 26.6 million
Otto Porter was traded to the Chicago Bulls in February 2019, but has since played just 29 games in the Illinois franchise. He had emerged as an interesting player for the team just arrived, before starting to get injured. In 2019-2020, instead of taking another leap he only played 14 games, the Bulls’ first nine of the season and last five, averaging just 11.9 points per game. Now the team changed manager (Arturas Karnisovas) and coach (Billy Donovan), but It does not seem that Porter is going to leave and can receive a fairly high salary.
Andre Drummond – Cleveland Cavaliers – 25,4 millones
After seven and a half years at the Detroit Pistons, Andre Drummond was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in February 2020 in a not very understandable move by the Cavs, who surely see the 27-year-old pivot as a good card for the future. Drummond responded with numbers in the seven games he played for the Ohio team (17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 blocks), but his shares are on the decline in the current NBA. He has already told the press that he will “definitely” execute his option to continue in Cleveland.
Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dallas Mavericks – 17,7 millones
Tim Hardaway Jr. gained fame as an overpaid player for the $ 70 million contract the New York Knicks signed him in 2017, failing to keep up with the performance beyond averaging 19.1 points per game when he was traded. to Dallas Mavericks in 2018-2019. However, has served the Texan team as a shooter alongside a creator like Luka Doncic, something the Knicks weren’t even close to having. THJ scored 15.8 points per game last season, hitting 39.8% on 3-pointers, and had a similar performance in the Playoffs. At age 28 you may generate market interest for multi-year offers, but this doesn’t seem like the ideal time to try your luck.
Evan Fournier – Orlando Magic – 17 millones
Evan Fournier repeated qualification to Playoffs with Orlando Magic This past season, in a campaign in which he was the team’s second leading scorer and had good offensive numbers: 18.5 points and 3.2 assists with 46.7% from field and 39.9% in triples. Will you stay in Florida for the seventh year? It looks like it is: It would be rare in this market for a 28-year-old player who is not an All-Star to receive an offer to reject 17 million for one year.
Jerami Grant – Denver Nuggets – 9,1 millones
Jerami Grant is the maximum candidate to get out of his option. Not that the 26-year-old from the Denver Nuggets is a star who’s going to get market-breaking offers, but he’s in a good time to try and it’s not that he has a very high salary at his option. Grant played very well in the playoffs, reaffirming his qualities as a good defender and averaging 11.6 points per game in a successful Denver Nuggets that reached the Western Finals. Its market value is not exaggeratedly far from those nine million per year, but you have the ability to secure a four-year contract with ease.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Los Angeles Lakers – 8,2 millones
KCP renewed on the downside with the Lakers in the latter market and it ended up paying off for both sides of the trade: he got his first ring and rebuilt his image with very good performance in the Finals, in which he averaged 12.8 points per game and he was important on defense, while the Lakers ended up with a reliable player in the place of Avery Bradley. Will we see Caldwell-Pope again in California next season? It would be rare for him to leave at this point.
Avery Bradley – Los Angeles Lakers – 4.8 million
His non-participation in the league resumption by personal decision made us forget a little about Avery Bradley, but 29-year-old guard was a major player in the Lakers before Covid-19 slows the NBA: He had started 44 regular season games, playing 24.2 minutes per game and performing well in defense. One of his last court appearances was stellar, scoring 24 points to beat LA Clippers at the beginning of March. Will he choose to continue in a Lakers where he may have lost a bit of ground or will he look for new airs? Either option seems possible today.
Rajon Rondo – Los Angeles Lakers – 2.5 million
Rondo ended up being a bargain for the Lakers: one of the best players in the playoffs in which they won the championship and one of the league’s best sixth men in the postseason: 8.9 points, 6.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds on average. Now he has the chance to remain in the champion team for just 2.5 million. Will he go for something more profitable at 34 or will he go for his third ring?
Others with player option are Nicolas batum Charlotte Hornets (24 million), James Johnson Minnesota Timberwolves (14.4 million), Kelly Olynyk from Miami Heat (12.5 million), Tony Snell Detroit Pistons (11.5 million), Jabari Parker from Sacramento Kings (6.5 million), Rodney Hood Portland Trail Blazers (5.8 million), One’s Edges Boston Celtics (4.8 million), JaMychal Green from LA Clippers (4.8 million), Robin Lopez de Milwaukee Bucks (4,8 millones), Javale McGee Los Angeles Lakers (4.1 million), Stanley Johnson Toronto Raptors (3.7 million), Wesley Matthews de Milwaukee Bucks (2,6 millones), Austin Rivers de Houston Rockets (2,2 millones), Willie Cauley-Stein from Dallas Mavericks (2.2 million), Mike Muscala from Oklahoma City Thunder (2.1 million), James Ennis Orlando Magic (2 million) and Mario Hezonja Portland Trail Blazers (1.8 million).
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