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4 NBA Player Options That Will Screw Teams Next Season

Bad player contracts can really screw a team over, especially with free agency approaching. If the Rockets did not have Ryan Anderson's $18 million a year deal, they could easily clear cap space and add another max contract. Shrewd contract negotiations lead to situations like the Warriors signing Kevin Durant, but most teams aren't that fortunate.


Here are four players who will prevent their team from getting the job done in free agency.

4. Danny Green

Danny Green's current contract is a four-year, $40 million deal with a player option for the fourth year, which pays him $10 million. Green will probably opt in to ensure he gets his money because other teams won't pay nearly as much with the abundance of players like Green available for much cheaper. Green's $10 million isn't a huge hit for the Spurs with Rudy Gay opting out, and Tony Parker likely taking a pay cut if he decides to stay, but it does make it a little harder to find cap space for a max with Kyle Anderson expecting to get a pay bump.

3. Wilson Chandler

The Nuggets could get a whole lot more for Wilson Chandler's contract. He has a $12.8 million player option that he just opted into, and it could hinder the Nuggets' efforts to find a star player to complement their young core. With Chandler's scoring down to 10 points per game while taking up 30 minutes per contest, the Nuggets sure wish they had this one back.

2. Enes Kanter

If Enes Kanter opts into his salary for next year, he'll be the highest paid member on the Knicks. Let that sink in for a minute. A team comprised of role players with the exception of Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks desperately need another star in this superteam era. If Kanter wants LeBron to join him, he'll definitely have to opt out. Of course, this wouldn't really matter though if they never signed Joakim Noah to a ridiculous deal.

1. Carmelo Anthony

Melo's player option will hurt the most. He has $27.9 million salary for next season and he knows he can't get close to the same contract if he opts out, which is why he opted in. Sorry, Thunder fans. With an abysmal year behind him and another one likely ahead, the aging Melo is essentially a $30 million role player on a Thunder roster that's paying Steven Adams about $25 million per year. If Paul George leaves, it will be much harder for the Thunder to sign a replacement with Melo still on the payroll.