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
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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.