The 2020 free-agent class has the chance to be the weakest we’ve seen in years. There just aren’t many big names on the market that summer.
For that reason, one Eastern Conference executive says Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown and Buddy Hield have an incentive to wait to sign a contract extension with their respective teams.
All three are eligible to sign rookie-scale extensions. If the three players don’t sign one with their teams before Oct. 21, they will become restricted free agents.
“You have to consider the market and free-agent class when making these decisions. For example, if you look at the market next summer, there are a few teams that will have cap space and there isn’t much of a free-agent class. There’s a big incentive for a lot of these guys [who are up for extensions] like Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown and Buddy Hield to wait because the 2020 free-agent class is pretty weak, so it’s possible that they could play their way into a max contract or near-max contract,” the exec told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype.