With the NBA season only a week old, the league made some news on Monday off the basketball court.
The six 2013ers to score extensions are C.J. McCollum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Dennis Schroder, Steven Adams, Victor Oladipo and Rudy Gobert.
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) October 31, 2016
Players selected in the 2013 NBA Draft are eligible for extensions ending Monday (US), with the deadline hitting at midnight. Teams across the league used the deadline to push deals across.
This guy’s (Steven Adams) contact will average over $4M more per year than reigning #NFL MVP Cam Newton’s.
8 ppg last year. The NBA is wild pic.twitter.com/f7QxD8aG6S
— CAR Panthers News (@CarPanthersNews) November 1, 2016
The Utah Jazz gave starting center Rudy Gobert a massive four -year deal worth $102 million. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves gave backup Gorgui Dieng a four-year, $64 million deal.
Dieng has been very active in getting aid to Senegal since he arrived in the NBA. This contract helps not only him, but so many back home
— Jon Krawczynski (@APkrawczynski) November 1, 2016
The Hornets also inked their starting center Cody Zeller down to a manageable $56 million deal over four years.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) November 1, 2016
But the big spenders of the day were the Oklahoma City Thunder, who locked up Victor Oladipo at four years for $84 million, and Steven Adams at $100 million over four years.
2013 NBA Draft Class — 0 All-Star selections through three seasons; $682 million combined in rookie contract extensions
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 1, 2016
It was big money across the board – and thus is the new normal in the NBA going forward.