Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Thunder pick up option on Aldrich


The Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up the option year on the contracts of Kansas University’s Cole Aldrich, as well as Serge Ibaka, James Harden, Eric Maynor and Byron Mullens, keeping them all with the franchise for two more seasons.

General manager Sam Presti announced the moves Tuesday, extending the contracts through the 2012-13 season.

For the 6-foot-11 Aldrich, who was a rookie last season, the option is for the third year on his contract.

For the other four players, the option year is the fourth and final year on their contracts.

Aldrich made $2.13 million last season and will make $2.29 million next season and $2.45 million in 2012-13.

As the No. 3 pick in the 2009 draft, Harden stands to receive the biggest payday at up to $5.8 million under the NBA’s pay scale from his rookie season.


AsadZ 8 years, 7 months ago

Cole, Thats great. Keep up the hard work. You are a class act.

Jared Grillot 8 years, 7 months ago

Good. I know the drop to the D-league made a few fans nervous, but this should set one or two of those fears to rest.

gchawk 8 years, 7 months ago

Congrats Cole, you've earned what you're receiving.

mikehawk 8 years, 7 months ago

In many cases a drop to the D-League is an assignment to purgatory. Not in every case, and not in Cole's situation. He is on a loaded young team who see a future for him as he learns his role and how to play in the pro game. His assigment to the D-League is important as he gets to have minutes and to...DEVELOP. The Thunder could play him a lot more if they weren't in contention, but they are after a championship. Cole's time will come, either with the Thunder or with someone else. And the money ain't bad, either.

Mark Lindrud 8 years, 7 months ago

I wasn't worried about the D-League drop since it gave him time to have more playing times and work on his game. They picked up his option so they know he will be worth it for them.

Sometimes you need to take one step back to go to steps forward and he will do it. He is a determined young man that I bet in a few years no one will remember he was in the D-League.

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