Title:Examining what Delon Wright’s extension with Raptors could look like
Date: October 10, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I examined some of the factors on both sides of the negotiating table as the deadline for Delon Wright and the Raptors to work out an extension nears.
On top of a number of tough rotation and roster decisions in the next week, the Toronto Raptors have until Oct. 15 to work out an extension with Delon Wright.
As a reminder, Wright is entering the fourth year of his rookie-scale contract as the No. 20 pick in 2015, one that will pay him $2.5 million for this season. The rules for extending a former first-round pick coming off of their first contract are a lot more flexible than they were for Fred VanVleet or Norman Powell a year ago (Wright’s maximum currently projects as a five-year, $158.1-million deal), and the Raptors and Wright’s camp have surely had preliminary discussions about what a deal framework may look like.
It’s an interesting situation for the Raptors, as they’ve generally been hesitant under Masai Ujiri to let players reach restricted free agency, for a number of reasons. There’s an element of fiscal certainty, to be sure. Additional factors like having a player under contract becoming more movable and the message of rewarding the young, contributing talent you’ve developed play a part as well. If the two sides can’t reach an agreement by Oct. 15, the Raptors will be able to retain Wright’s rights in restricted free agency next summer by tendering him a qualifying offer, giving them the right to match any offer sheet he signs on the market.
Maybe it doesn’t get to that point. What follows is a look at the situation both Wright and the Raptors find themselves in and what a deal might look like.