While we were all focused on Kevin Love and Eric Gordon’s contract extensions (well, in the case of Gordon the lack of extension), there were a few other notes that flew under the radar.
For one, the Denver Nuggets extended center Kosta Koufos for three years, $9 million, something first reported by Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Koufos is only averaging 10 minutes a game for the Nuggets, but he brings real size to the table and they lock up a reliable backup big man at a good price (bigs always get more than you first thing they should).
In other contract extension news and notes.
• New Jersey decided not to extend Brook Lopez. He will be a restricted free agent after this season. Not a shock here, the Nets would like to bring him back but at a lower price than he would ask.
• Orlando decided not to extend Ryan Anderson. Having the best season of his career, but his value as a stretch four in Orlando goes way down if they can’t keep Dwight Howard. But he’s playing his way into a nice payday this year.
• Indiana decided not to extend George Hill and Roy Hibbert. Indiana is going to let the market determine their worth, but they hope to keep both of them this off-season. Hibbert, in particular, is having the best season of his career and is playing himself into a pretty big deal. (If D’Andre Jordan makes $10 million a year….)
• Houston did not extend Jonny Flynn, Courtney Lee, Hasheem Thabeet and Terrence Williams. Again, no real shocks. None of them should have been extended, but the Rockets want to keep Lee around.
• Washington did not extend JaVale McGee. So much talent but so inconsistent and undisciplined. You can’t give him big money right now. Let the market set his price.