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The contract extension decisions to observe before Monday’s NBA roster deadline


Monday represents greater than the deadline for all 30 NBA teams to scale back their rosters to not more than 17 players — 15 full-time players plus two players on two-way contracts.

The day before the regular season starts can also be the last day a team can sign a 2019 first-round pick to a contract extension. If no deal is reached by then, those players will likely change into restricted free agents next summer.

Which means that by 6 p.m. ET on Monday we are going to know if, as an example, Jordan Poole and Cameron Johnson shall be under long-term contracts with Golden State and Phoenix, respectively.

Thus far, six players from the 2019 draft have signed rookie extensions: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, RJ Barrett, Darius Garland, Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson. An extra 18 players are still eligible to increase.

For comparison’s sake, a league-record 11 players signed rookie extensions last offseason, with five of those deals coming on deadline day.

Listed below are the important thing players on rookie deals — together with a handful of veterans also facing a Monday extension deadline — and why their deals will or won’t get done, keeping in mind that a player cannot sign a five-year extension unless it’s for the utmost salary allowed — just like the extensions that Williamson, Morant and Garland all signed.

Breaking down the main rookie extension candidates

Jordan Poole

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Poole has been considered one of the nice success stories of the 2019 draft. The third-to-last pick in the primary round, Poole averaged 8.8 points in 22.4 minutes on 33% shooting from the sphere and 27.9% from 3 in his rookie season, during which the Warriors finished 15-50.

An prolonged stint within the G League in his second season appeared to jumpstart his development, and in his third season he averaged 18.5 points, shooting 44.8% from the sphere and 36.4% from 3, to assist Golden State win the NBA championship. In his 51 starts last season, Poole averaged 20.8 PPG and shot 37% on 3s. Per Second Spectrum tracking, he ranked third in points maybe on drives amongst 68 players to record 500-plus drives, trailing Giannis Antetokounmpo and DeMar DeRozan.

Why a deal might get done: Tyler Herro.

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