The Wizards have picked up the third-year options on rookies John Wall, Jordan Crawford, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin, while extending qualifying offers for restricted free agents Nick Young, Hamady Ndiaye, Othyus Jeffers and Larry Owens,
according to a team source the team announced on Saturday in a news release.
By picking up the qualifying offers for Young, Ndiaye, Jeffers and Owens, the Wizards now have first right of refusal on any deals that they sign this summer -- if the rules regarding restricted free agents remain relatively intact, whenever a new collective bargaining agreement is ratified. The current CBA expires on July 1 and both sides still appear to be very part apart. Las Vegas Summer League has already been canceled as a result of the stall in labor negotiations.
Young’s qualifying offer is for about $3.7 million. The team can negotiate a deal with Young or let him seek a contract offer from another team and have a week to match, based on previous rules. He is coming off a career season in which he averaged a team-leading 17.4 points in 64 games.
The Wizards have until June 30 to pick up the qualifying offer for Yi Jianlian, which is unlikely considering Yi is slated to earn $5.4 million next season and the salary cap is expected to drop considerably with the next CBA. If the Wizards fail to extend the offer, Yi would become an unrestricted free agent. Yi had a difficult, injury-plagued season in which he averaged career lows in scoring (5.6 points), rebounds (3.9) and shot just 41.8 percent in 63 games.
Mustafa Shakur also did not receive a qualifying offer.
Wall and Crawford were two of the three players drafted last year to average at least 10 points in their rookie seasons. Wall averaged 16.4 points, Crawford averaged 11.7 points and they both modeled the new uniforms, as well. Booker had a solid second half of the season, settling into a role as an energy player for the team. Seraphin, a 6-foot-9 native of France, had an easy first year as he learned a new language and new style of play but the Wizards were encouraged by his development in his first season.