What Happened Prior to July 1st Other Than A Bunch Of Ultimately Unproductive CBA Negotiations
July 2nd, 2011

Even though a lockout is upon us, one which might last us through until the very end of existence in late 2012, there’s still some bookkeeping to be done. July 1st is (or should be) the date on which one season ends and the next one begins, and thus June 30th is an important cut-off date for certain transactions.

Players with player or early termination options had to decide if they were coming back; the few players with team options awaited an uncertain future; players eligible for QO’s had to see if they got them. We also had the added bonus of 2012/13 team options for rookie scale contracts being decided considerably earlier than usual – after all, when the usual end of October deadline comes around, the lockout may still be going on.

All the results are in now, however, and there follows a list of who did what before July 1st.

The following players opted in:

Boston = Ray Allen
Charlotte = Boris Diaw
Cleveland = Ryan Hollins
Golden State = Charlie Bell and Louis Amundson
L.A. Clippers = Brian Cook
L.A. Lakers = Matt Barnes
Miami = Eddie House and Zydrunas Ilgauskas
New York = Ronny Turiaf
Phoenix = Mickael Pietrus
San Antonio = Tim Duncan
Toronto = Leandro Barbosa

The following players opted out:

Denver = Nene
L.A. Lakers = Shannon Brown (who has now completed the rare achievement of doing this in consecutive seasons)
Miami = James Jones
New Orleans = Aaron Gray and David West

The following players had their 2011/12 team options exercised:

Houston = Goran Dragic
Memphis = Sam Young
Utah = C.J. Miles

The following players had their team options declined:

Sacramento = Pooh Jeter

(No one really gives out team options any more. For an explanation as to why, read the opening of this. Well, read the whole thing, but only the opening pertains to the team options.)

The following players were eligible for a qualifying offer, and got one:

Boston = Jeff Green
Charlotte = Dante Cunningham
Denver = Gary Forbes, Arron Afflalo and Wilson Chandler
Detroit = Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko
Golden State = Reggie Williams
L.A. Clippers = DeAndre Jordan
Memphis = Marc Gasol and Hamed Haddadi
Miami = Mario Chalmers
Milwaukee = Luc Richard Mbah A Moute
New Orleans = Marco Belinelli
New York = Derrick Brown
Oklahoma City = Daequan Cook
Philadelphia = Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes
Phoenix = Aaron Brooks
Portland = Patrick Mills and Greg Oden
Sacramento = Marcus Thornton
Toronto = Sonny Weems
Washington = Larry Owens, Hamady Ndiaye, Nick Young and Othyus Jeffers

The following players were eligible for a qualifying offer, but didn’t get one:

Charlotte = Garrett Temple
Detroit = Dajuan Summers
L.A. Lakers = Trey Johnson
Milwaukee = Chris Douglas-Roberts
New Jersey = Brandan Wright and Ben Uzoh
New Orleans = Jason Smith
Sacramento = Darnell Jackson
Toronto = Julian Wright and Joey Dorsey
Washington = Yi Jianlian and Mustafa Shakur

The following players had their 2012/13 rookie scale team options exercised:

– Atlanta: Jeff Teague
– Boston: Avery Bradley
– Chicago: Taj Gibson
– Cleveland: Christian Eyenga
– Dallas: Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois
– Denver: Ty Lawson
– Golden State: Stephen Curry and Ekpe Udoh
– Indiana: Darren Collison, Tyler Hansbrough and Paul George
– L.A. Clippers: Blake Griffin, Eric Bledsoe and Al-Farouq Aminu
– Milwaukee: Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings
– Minnesota: Wayne Ellington, Wesley Johnson and Lazar Hayward
– Oklahoma City: B.J. Mullens, Serge Ibaka, Eric Maynor, Cole Aldrich and James Harden
– Portland: Luke Babbitt and Elliot Williams
– Sacramento: Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi [since traded to Cleveland]
– Toronto: Ed Davis, James Johnson and DeMar Derozan
– Utah: Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors
– Washington: Kevin Seraphin, John Wall, Trevor Booker and Jordan Crawford

The following players did not have their 2012/13 rookie scale team options exercised, yet:

– Charlotte: Gerald Henderson
– Detroit: Greg Monroe and Austin Daye
– Houston: Patrick Patterson, Jonny Flynn, Hasheem Thabeet, Jordan Hill and Terrence Williams
– Memphis: Xavier Henry and Greivis Vasquez
– New Jersey: Damion James
– New Orleans: Quincy Pondexter
– New York: Toney Douglas
– Orlando: Daniel Orton
– Philadelphia: Jrue Holiday, Craig Brackins and Evan Turner
– San Antonio: James Anderson

Posted by at 2:35 PM

2 Comments about What Happened Prior to July 1st Other Than A Bunch Of Ultimately Unproductive CBA Negotiations

  1. AnacondaHL2 July, 2011, 3:18 pm

    RE: Rookie scale team options in 2012-13It seems like the options were chosen not on the merits of the player, but as an organizational decision. If so, why did some choose not to pick them up and others did?

  2. Dave10 July, 2011, 9:41 am

    AnacondaHL,,For a couple reasons. They may do so before the season starts like normal and are gambling a little bit that even if there is a late start that there will either be a provision or that it still falls within the terms of rookie contracts. Another factor for teams like Detroit is that it would be better to sell the team first and let the new owners decide. Lastly, the teams want to see what the new CBA looks like in case spending money on these players adversely affect their financial plans. Probably, the only really stupid chance that was taken was Detroit with Monroe, but chances are there won't be a problem to exercise it later.