Michael Scotto of Sheridan Hoops:
Ian Begley of ESPN:
Afflalo ($8 million) and Williams ($4,598,000) will likely receive more next more next season than they would’ve by opting in.
Afflalo disappointed relative to expectations, but he’s still a solid reserve. He’s a helpful scorer, though his defense has regressed dramatically. In this cap environment, that’s probably worth more than $8 million.
Williams made tremendous strides last season, and he’s just 25. He probably won’t ever live up to the hype of being the No. 2 overall pick, but he can help teams.
These decisions also likely help the Knicks, whose market make cap space more valuable. There’s always a chance New York draws a star, so there’s less value there for having slightly underpaid role players. The Knicks, counting cap holds for Langston Galloway and Lance Thomas, project to have more than $31 million in cap space.