D’Angelo Russell yet to get extension offer from Nets
The crafty lefty will be owed $7.02 million this upcoming season and is eligible for a $9.16 million qualifying offer, which would make him a restricted free agent for the 2019-20 season if he hasn’t agreed to a deal by October.
Russell came to the Nets as the main piece of a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers, who looked to make way for their new point guard Lonzo Ball.
The 6-foot-5 Ohio State product showed signs of transforming into a franchise player to begin the season but suffered a setback when he incurred a knee injury early on, forcing him to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, causing him to miss 34 games with the injury.
This has created a certain hesitation from the Brooklyn Nets, who will be hard pushers during free agency in 2019, having cleared the most cap space heading into next summer.
Russell was steady in his third season in the NBA, putting up 15.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game — showing some slight improvement in his floor numbers, while still leaving a lot to be desired for a potential star player.