The Magic failed to extend the contracts of Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton today. They will both become restricted free agents this upcoming offseason.
The deadline to extend their contracts was today, but the Magic decided to not exercise that option. All teams that have players from the 2014 NBA Draft has the option to extend those players’ contracts, however some did and some did not. Some notable players who will also be RFA’s this offseason include Jabari Parker (MIL), Rodney Hood (UTA) and Marcus Smart (BOS).
Gordon and Payton are both big parts of the Magic’s foreseeable future, and hopefully they stay that way. In the 2018 offseason, both can receive offers from any team. However, the Magic are allowed to match those offers in order to keep them on the team.
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There have been many rookies that have played at extremely high levels this season. However, they are either not, or barely worth owning in fantasy due to the fact that they get so few minutes. You would think that teams would want to give their youngest players more experience for future seasons in situations that aren't important. However, teams aren't doing that this year. I'm fact, they're doing just the opposite by not giving very talented rookies the playing time they deserve
For example, Nuggets Center Jusuf Nurkic is averaging 7 points and 6.5 boards a game in just 18 minutes. Now that the Nuggets are out of playoff contention, it's the perfect time to test Nurkic's ability by giving him lots of minutes in games. However, they're still giving him just 20 minutes an outing.
Also, Nikola Mirotic has been a scoring and rebounding monster whenever one of the Bulls top 3 big men get injured, and the door is open for him to get many more minutes. For example, with Taj Gibson injured, over the last month, Mirotic averaged 19 points and 7 rebounds a game in 29 minutes, but this season, he's only getting 10 points and 5 boards per game in 20 minutes.
The one, very important thing that these players have in common is their above average player efficiency ratings. This shows that when on the court these players are very efficient. This means that Nurkic and Mirotic should be on EVERYONE'S mind as a possible sleeper going into next season. With more experience, their teams are bound to give them more minutes, leading to much better production. So, even though they aren't standouts this season, these two very well may be by the next one. Let's hope that the Nuggets and Bulls come to their senses next season by giving their young guns more opportunities.