Former first-round picks who are entering the fourth and final year of their rookie deals typically have an Oct. 31 deadline to sign a contract extension, but that deadline is being moved to Nov. 2 this year because Oct. 31 falls on a Saturday, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Several players have already signed such contract extensions, including Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Jonas Valanciunas, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and John Henson. Stein says Andre Drummond and Harrison Barnes are the two players currently in the best position to get an extension before the new deadline is up.
Drummond will likely get a max deal from the Detroit Pistons, which would go for about five years and $120 million if he becomes their Designated Player. Barnes has already turned down a four-year, $64 million offer from the Golden State Warriors, and it’s unclear how much higher they’re willing to go.
Bradley Beal is another intriguing extension candidate, although the Washington Wizards would rather he not sign a max or near-max deal until next summer in order to preserve cap space for a run at Kevin Durant. That would be similar to what Kawhi Leonard did with the San Antonio Spurs, a move that helped make it easier to sign LaMarcus Aldridge.