James Harden, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson, Jrue Holiday get new contracts
The NBA's early contract extension deadline for the class of 2009 is on October 31. Teams are rushing to potentially work out deals with several players. James Harden and Stephen Curry are among those that signed extensions.
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The deadline for early extensions for former first-round picks entering their fourth seasons has passed. A bunch of players, including DeMar DeRozan and Stephen Curry, picked up new deals. These are the rules GMs should abide by when considering these deals.
The fourth-year big man shot a career-high 49.5 percent from the field last season for the Bulls, and has been especially eager to work out a new deal with the organization as his contract is set to expire this summer. The two sides still have until midnight to reach a new agreement, but as Wojnarowski points out, it would take a significant amount of momentum for something to materialize.
Chicago's front office has expressed interest in keeping its promising big man around for the long haul, and Gibson himself has also publicly stated that he wants to retire in a Bulls uniform. The Bulls will be able to match any offer that Gibson receives as a restricted free agent this summer, however, and may not be too worried about locking him up right now for that very reason.
DeRozan has started all 145 games in which he as has played for the Raptors in the past two seasons. In 2011-12, DeRozan averaged 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds on 42.2 percent shooting from the field.
In 222 career games with the Raptors, DeRozan has averaged 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds in 30.3 minutes per game.
The Raptors selected DeRozan ninth overall in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft out of USC. James Harden, Ty Lawson, Stepen Curry and Blake Griffin have already received extensions from their respective teams.
The Raptors selected guard Terrence Ross out of Washington eighth overall in the 2012 NBA Draft while also signing Landry Fields to a long-term deal in the off-season.
Currently in the final year of his rookie-scale contract, Jennings would need to agree to an extension with the Bucks before the CBA's Wednesday night deadline, but multiple sources are telling Gardner that Milwaukee won't extend his deal right now.
That means the 10th overall pick from the 2009 draft will hit restricted free agency next summer, at which point the Bucks will retain the right to match any contract offer given to the guard. After three years of intriguing performance, the Bucks are likely curious to see whether Jennings can make a big jump in his fourth NBA season.