Sport Thunder lock in franchise star with Shai Gilgeous-Alexander extension

14:01  03 august  2021
14:01  03 august  2021 Source:   fansided.com

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Shai Gilgeous - Alexander is expected to sign a five-year, 2 million maximum rookie contract expected with the Thunder . Gilgeous - Alexander was drafted by the Clippers in 2018 but has become a standout with the Thunder the last two seasons. In 2020-21, Gilgeous - Alexander averaged a career-high 23.7 points in only 35 games. He was sidelined on March 24 after injuring his foot and would miss the remainder of the season.

Gilgeous - Alexander is eligible for 25% of the salary cap coming off his rookie contract, which would put the value of a max extension at about milliion/year to start, going up to million/year by the end of the deal. The 22-year-old Gilgeous - Alexander has rapidly improved in his 3-year NBA career, bumping up his points per game average from 10.8 PPG in his rookie season, to 19 in his second year, and up to 23.9 this past season. He also averaged 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting at a 42% clip from behind the arc. According to Jack Fischer of Bleacher Report, in the rumored trade

The Oklahoma City Thunder have secured star guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to a long-term contract extension on Monday night.

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The 2021 NBA free agency negotiation window officially opened up at 6:00 p.m. ET on Monday, and the agreements have been non-stop. Free agents were not the only ones to secure long-term contracts with their teams. There were some younger players on their rookie contracts who secured a long-term contract extension, such as guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder and Gilgeous-Alexander have agreed to terms on a maximum rookie contract extension worth $172 million over five years.

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Shai Gilgeous - Alexander is about to enter the final year of his rookie contract. The Thunder can offer him a max contract extension this summer, and the two parties will have to decide whether that’s in their mutual best interests. Here’s a look at some of the mechanics of this decision and what else could be decided this summer: Is Shai Worth a Max? And Does it Matter? What exactly is a max-contract player? At Shai ’s seniority, he could qualify for a contract up to 25% of the salary cap.

Gilgeous - Alexander gives the franchise a homegrown star who can convince other young stars to stay in Oklahoma City. They can use those picks to trade for one (or even two) and sell them on playing with SGA, like they did with George. There’s no player currently on the trade market worthy of Oklahoma City’s bounty of assets, but that could change this summer. The most likely candidate is Bradley Beal, who has already complained to the media less than a few months after signing an extension . Putting Beal in Schröder’s role in Oklahoma City could make them a legitimate contender.

Thunder signs Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to maximum rookie contract extension

Gilgeous-Alexander was entering the final year of his rookie contract, where he would have been eligible for a $7.5 million qualifying offer to become a restricted free agent for the 2022-23 season, according to Spotrac. Yet, he was eligible for the maximum rookie contract extension this summer. Unsurprisingly, both parties agreed to terms.

The former Kentucky Wildcats guard was initially a 2018 first-round selection by the Charlotte Hornets, but was later traded to the LA Clippers. After his rookie season, Gilgeous-Alexander was flipped to the Thunder in the massive trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers. As it turns out, the deal worked out for both teams.

In his first season with the Thunder, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 19.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game through 70 regular-season games. The young guard only played in 35 games this past season after being shut down with a plantar fasciitis tear in his right foot. Through that span of games, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 23.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds a night while shooting 50.8 percent from the field and 41.8 percent from 3-point range.

If you needed further proof that Gilgeous-Alexander was part of the Thunder's long-term plans, this contract solidifies it.

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