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Around The Realm: Big extensions for OG Anunoby, Luke Kennard, Jonathan Isaac, and more

It was a big day for NBA extensions. We'll run down who got paid and who will hit free agency next summer.

Welcome to Around The Realm, where we look at the news from around the NBA.

Today was the extension deadline for players entering the final year of their rookie contracts, and we saw some big contracts handed out.

Toronto keeps OG Anunoby

OG Anunoby would have been one of the top available free agents next summer, restricted or otherwise.

Instead Toronto locked him up to a reasonable deal, and OG got a player option on the back end. A nice deal for both sides.

Kyle Kuzma signs a very tradeable contract

Kuzma will stay in LA on a three year deal that actually seems pretty fair for both sides, and will be easy to trade if the Lakers want to down the road.

Orlando handed out some money

The Magic extended both Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz for big money.

Isaac in particular is a big risk. He got one of the largest contracts of the day, but has struggled to stay healthy. If he can be healthy for the majority of the contract, it will be a solid value.

Speaking of guys who can't stay healthy

The Clippers extended Luke Kennard, who they traded for this summer.

The deal reportedly has about $8 million in incentives, likely tied to games played.

The Spurs keep Derrick White

White is a success story from the San Antonio development system, and earned a nice payday.

 

And now for those who did not get extended

Lonzo Ball, Jarrett Allen, John Collins, and Lauri Markkanen will all hit restricted free agency next summer.

For the Kings I think Markkanen is an interesting target.

Restricted free agency will be interesting next year as plenty of teams will have money and there won't be a lot of big names available.

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TheKingsGuard
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December 21, 2020 5:06 pm

Very interesting RFA market in 2021. It will be interesting to see how this season unfolds and how it impacts Kings free agency next summer. Ball and Markkanen are names I like.

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December 21, 2020 5:08 pm

Good contract for OG. He seems like a good candidate to out perform that contract amount.

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December 21, 2020 5:23 pm

Liked Ball a lot more before the emergence of Haliburton (which is a good thing). Now it seems redundant but still worth a look at. Nice to have more ball handling, defense, and passing. Maybe replace CoJo’s minutes.

I wouldn’t mind Markkanen to replace Bjelica’s minutes or Allen to replace Whiteside’s minutes. Both younger and higher upside that matches our timeline.

Time to use poison pill deals that other teams have used on us. Trade Barnes and let’s get frisky.

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December 21, 2020 7:53 pm
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The Kings don’t have enough playmaking for Ball to be redundant.

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December 21, 2020 8:04 pm
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Ball’s not signing with the Kings. Trust that.

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December 21, 2020 9:09 pm
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Markannen and Allen for the Kings is awesome if Monte can pull it off.

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December 21, 2020 11:47 pm

If they can offload cojo and barnes, they can put some serious offers out there for markannen/Allen/Collins

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December 21, 2020 5:40 pm

Markannen and Collins interest me the most of the RFAs and more Collins than Markkanen.

That said, it’ll be interesting to see what happens here.

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December 22, 2020 9:44 am
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I know LM’s offense showed real promise before the Bulls managed to effectively ruin him. Does he play any defense at all? Because if not, you may as well try to hang on to Bjelica.

Collins seems like he’d be an upgrade to what Holmes does, but I’d imagine the salary would also be a significant upgrade.

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December 22, 2020 8:05 pm
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Haven’t watched Markannen or Collins a ton over their 3 years. It was more a knee jerk reaction and one if you took with more than a grain of salt the fool is you type of thing.

That said, my comment was based more on profile type than which direction either player is trending. I doubt the Kings get either especially if Collins rep’s believe he’s a max player. I don’t think the Kings can pay that kind of money to Collins unless they completely whiff out on the draft and end up 11th or something. Then that might make sense.

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December 21, 2020 7:08 pm

The Isaac extension bummed me out because he was probably the best fit alongside Bagley of all the potential RFAs. I have a hard time imagining a frontcourt pairing of Bagley/Markkanen being all that effective. At least one of your bigs has to be a not-bad defender right? To be honest, I have a hard time imagining Bagley playing alongside any of the bigs that didn’t receive an extension.

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December 21, 2020 7:18 pm

Is it weird for me to think that the folks who got extensions maybe shouldn’t have while those who didn’t get an extension maybe should have?

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December 22, 2020 8:13 am
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I mean, I’m sure they just didn’t accept the offers. Collins was probably asking for a max extension. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ball was too. It isn’t really about, say, Collins deserving an extension more or less than Anonoby.

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December 21, 2020 7:52 pm
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December 22, 2020 10:17 am
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I’d love it if they expanded. It would be a shot of cash into the league, respark interest, spread out some talent, and would just be entertaining,

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December 21, 2020 9:02 pm

The leftovers in this article are Blah. Kings best hope for the playoffs is simple. Get 2 Top 6 picks in the next couple drafts. Kings need at least one game changer to get them back to the playoffs. That player is not on the team currently. Big Free Agents are not coming here. Young upcoming talent are getting locked up by their respective teams. But, They’re are a few players I really like: John Collins, Kelly Oubre, Duncan Robinson, Devonte Graham, and Kendrick Nunn. I am sure most of them will get locked up by their respective teams. But, maybe one or 2 will hit the market next summer.

Last edited 1 year ago by SelecaoKOJ
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December 22, 2020 7:14 am
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100% – the only path to competitive relevancy for this franchise is to win a draft (or two) and hope they are like Giannis and stay in town.

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December 22, 2020 8:14 am
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I would call him blah. But I wouldn’t be a fan of signing him for the max-ish deal it’s likely to take to convince him to choose the Kings.

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December 22, 2020 11:39 pm
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No. John Collins would be a very nice pick up. He wasn’t mentioned in the article.

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December 22, 2020 7:47 am

Markkanen ALL DAY

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December 22, 2020 8:10 am

RFA is generally a terrible way for the Kings to acquire impact talent.

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December 22, 2020 8:38 am

Collectively these are pretty close to what I thought would be agreed upon. OG is great business, Isaac is close to whatI expected. The one I find interesting is the Collins lack of deal. A very controversial player, whose value is very much in the eye of the beholder. That said Atlanta will be close to the tax, Trae’s extension is approaching. They justified expenditures for marginal gains. I would agree Collins is likely overvaluing himself, and pointing to good offensive precedent for his production. But they have now put themselves in a tricky spot with big expectations to improve, a costly payroll that might dictate their willingness to invest in the supposed core. This is the potential casualties forcing improvement when your priorities are on the rookie scale.

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December 22, 2020 9:48 am

I’d love it if we were able to land Collins on a contract similar to Bobo’s, it would effectively become a delayed sign-and-trade. I suspect that Collins will be offered something along the lines of $25 mil/year or more, though.

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December 22, 2020 8:47 am

Frank K. was picked up again by Phoenix off of waivers .. Cool!

Frank Kaminsky returning to Phoenix

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December 22, 2020 9:41 am

The Kuzma contract is damned near ideal, not an overpay, but still a nice chunk of dough.

Mainly excited that the contract isn’t to play for Sacramento.

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