10/31/16 • Quick News: “Extension, Extension”

Rudy Gobert & Gorgui Dieng are amongst a few extension candidates who cashed in. (USA TODAY Sports)
Rudy Gobert & Gorgui Dieng are amongst a few extension candidates who cashed in. (USA TODAY Sports)

Today marks the deadline to extend players before they could hit the market as restricted (or unrestricted if their qualifying offer is rescinded) free agents next summer.

Let’s take a quick look* at who inked long-term deals this afternoon:

  • C Rudy Gobert (UTA) • 4 yr./$102 million • 100 mil may seem a bit egregious but there’s no question Utah made the right move here. As a small market team, you MUST retain your stars (or future stars in this case) – at age 24, Rudy is already one of the league’s top interior defenders & is showing signs of improvement offensively 
  • C Steven Adams (OKC) • 4 yr./$100 million • Steven Adams was a breakout star this past postseason, providing ‘roll finishing’, strong defensive activity in Billy Donovan’s five. Adams, similar to Gobert, is young (23 yrs. old) & hasn’t scratched the surface on offense  – more opportunity/touches this season, avg. 13 points & 9 boards early on
  • G Victor Oladipo (OKC)4 yr./$84 million • Adams’s new teammate, Vic Oladipo, clearly has a few fans in OKC’s front office. After dealing for Oladipo this summer, Sam Presti made sure to lock in his new SG to a long-term contract. The pressure’s now higher than ever on Vic • He needs to consistently hit spot-up triples to maintain Russ’s driving lanes – (25% from downtown thru 3 games)
  • F/C Gorgui Dieng (MIN) • 4 yr./$64 million • The exact contract awarded to Timofey Mozgov (LAL) over the summer, MIN’s Gorgui Dieng has gotten better over the course of four seasons. Still, 64 million is a lot for the 4th/5th option in Thibs’s starting five. Better focus (stop fouling, guy!) & preparation on defense will help Gorgui live up to (now) loftier expectations moving forward

*first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical


-Jabari J.

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