Three former first-round draft picks didn’t get their options picked up for next season. Charlotte Hornets shooting guard P.J. Hairston didn’t get his third-year option picked up, while Indiana Pacers forward Solomon Hill and Brooklyn Nets swingman Sergey Karasev didn’t get their fourth-year options picked up.
The decision on Hairston (26th in 2014) is especially interesting since he’s just entering his second year and started the Hornets’ first three games. He wasn’t good as a rookie and has been really bad in his three starts this season, but it’s still a bit odd to give up on a young, cheap asset.
This decision also came in conjunction with Charlotte giving Jeremy Lamb a three-year, $21 million extension. Lamb hasn’t shown much as an NBA player either, but the Hornets clearly have more faith in him moving forward.
As for the others, Hill (23rd pick in 2013) played a lot for the Pacers last year, but he’s currently out of the rotation. And while he did play a lot last year, he wasn’t particularly good and he followed that up with a disastrous Summer League.
Karasev (19th pick in 2013) has only appeared in 56 games over two-plus years with the Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s not in the Nets’ rotation.