The Nets got a steady-enough point guard to keep them afloat in a lost season, and Larkin got valuable minutes to develop.
Now, he wants more.
Larkin will opt out of a contract that would’ve paid $1.5 million next year, according to Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders.
The Nets can make Larkin a restricted free agent by extending a $1,875,000 qualifying offer, but I’m not sure they will. They’ll have plenty of cap room regardless, but Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks inherited Larkin.
The 23-year-old Larkin had by far his best 3-point-shooting season, making 39-of-108 (36%) from beyond the arc. Averaging 7.3 points and 4.4 assists in 22.4 minutes per game, he grew as a lead ball-handler. He remains aggressive getting steals.
With the salary cap skyrocketing, Larkin is probably in line for a raise. But if I were him, I’d feel a little better if my agent had some under-the-table assurances before turning down a guaranteed NBA paycheck. There’s a big drop to a D-League salary or overseas lifestyle.