Players who didn’t extend and are headed to restricted free agency in 2024

The rookie-scale extension deadline has passed and there were a handful of contracts signed for the 2020 draft class. Here’s a look at the first-round picks from that class that didn’t get extensions done and will be headed to restricted free agency in 2024.

James Wiseman (Detroit)

Patrick Williams (Chicago)

2020 draft position: 4th overall
Qualifying offer: $13 million

Patrick Williams has made steady improvements over the years but has not developed into the type of player the Bulls were hoping for when they selected him. The going rate for starting non All-Star wings is in the $18-20 million range annually, which may have been what he was seeking. There’s a good chance he becomes that type of player but he may need to show a little more first. He’s expected to meet the starter’s criteria and enter restricted free agency with a $13 million qualifying offer.

Isaac Okoro (Cleveland)

2020 draft position: 5th overall
Qualifying offer: $11.8 million

Isaac Okoro’s biggest strength is on the defensive end but his inconsistency offensively has forced Cleveland to continue seeking solutions at the three. With Max Strus set to start at small forward, it seems unlikely that Okoro will meet the starter’s criteria. He could be looking at offers in the non-taxpayer mid-level exception range after seeing defensive specialists Matisse Thybulle and Deni Avdija get that amount.

Killian Hayes (Detroit)

2020 draft position: 7th overall
Qualifying offer: $9.9 million

The Pistons seem poised to move on from Killian Hayes after drafting a guard in each subsequent draft since selecting him. The hope that he plays to the potential of his draft position is gone but his improvement last season shows that he does have a place in an NBA rotation. He could still meet the starter’s criteria if he starts in 26 games or plays in 1,846 minutes this season. However, it seems unlikely the Pistons or any other team would tender him a qualifying offer next summer without another improvement this season.

Obi Toppin (Indiana)

2020 draft position: 8th overall
Qualifying offer: $9.2 million

Obi Toppin seems like he will be a great fit with the Indiana Pacers. With that said, it’s tough for teams to commit long-term to players that haven’t played for them yet. He’s expected to start at the four which should put him in a position to meet the starter’s criteria. If he breaks out this season, he should be looking at offers north of the non-taxpayer mid-level exception.

Kira Lewis (New Orleans)

2020 draft position: 13th overall
Qualifying offer: $7.9 million

Kira Lewis’ career has been plagued with unavailability due to injuries. It was unlikely that he was going to be extended, especially considering the Pelicans luxury tax issues going forward. He could be a candidate to be traded ahead of this year’s trade deadline so they could avoid the tax this season. He will need to have a consistent role this campaign in order to get tendered a qualifying offer next summer.

Cole Anthony (Orlando)

2020 draft position: 17th overall
Qualifying offer: $7.1 million

Cole Anthony is a good player but there were many circumstances complicating extension negotiations for him. After seeing many guards get squeezed this summer in free agency, it’s possible his market isn’t higher than the $12 million annually Coby White got. The Magic have plenty of money to spend so they could afford to extend him a qualifying offer and re-sign him next summer. They’ve also continued to seek answers at point guard since drafting him so he could be the odd man out there.

Aleksej Pokusevski (Oklahoma City)

2020 draft position: 17th overall
Qualifying offer: $7.1 million

It finally started looking like Aleksej Pokusevski was taking off last season until a big injury sidelined him. That was incredibly unfortunate for him because it’s unclear where he fits in the Thunder’s rotation now. If he can’t solidify a consistent role, the Thunder may look to move on from him ahead of the trade deadline. If traded, that would increase the chance that he gets tendered a qualifying offer this summer. But if he can stay healthy and solidify a role, he could be looking at offers in the non-taxpayer mid-level exception range.

Josh Green (Dallas)

2020 draft position: 18th overall
Qualifying offer: $6.8 million

Josh Green is one of the few recent draft successes by the Mavericks in recent years other than Luka Doncic. Although both sides couldn’t get a deal done, he seems like a good bet to re-sign on a lucrative deal next summer. He will almost certainly get tendered a qualifying offer and could see it increased to $8.5 million if he plays 2,461 minutes or starts in 61 games this season.

Saddiq Bey (Atlanta)

2020 draft position: 19th overall
Qualifying offer: $6.5 million

The Hawks acquired Saddiq Bey for a low price considering the shooting, scoring, and versatility he brings. If extended, he was probably looking at a deal in the $18-20 million annual range like Keldon Johnson and Harrison Barnes. The Hawks may need to see a little more from Bey to make sure they can commit that type of money to him long-term. They also have time to find a home for DeAndre Hunter so they could replace his salary slot with Bey’s while avoiding the luxury tax next season.

Precious Achiuwa (Toronto)

2020 draft position: 20th overall
Qualifying offer: $6.3 million

Precious Achiuwa has been a solid backup big man since being traded to Toronto. The Raptors have a lot of uncertainty with their books going forward with Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby both due for raises next summer. They may want to figure out their direction and if they’ll pay those players before committing to role players.

Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia)

2020 draft position: 21st overall
Qualifying offer: $6.3 million

It was reported on the eve of free agency that the Sixers wouldn’t extend Tyrese Maxey so they could maximize their 2024 cap space. The only way they would’ve extended him is if they both found a trade for James Harden and also acquired players with long-term money or Bird rights that would negate the need for cap space. Maxey could be looking at a maximum-level contract, especially if he makes a significant leap this year. He could have such an opportunity if Harden doesn’t play for the Sixers again.

Immanuel Quickley (New York)

2020 draft position: 25th overall
Qualifying offer: $4.2 million

The market for the best defensive guards in the league that aren’t All-Stars is in the $18-22 million range. That seems like a fair floor for Immanuel Quickley after the strong season he just had, and the Knicks could afford to pay him that amount while avoiding the tax going forward. If he can repeat the impact he had last season, he should receive the type of offers he’s commanding.

Jaden McDaniels (Minnesota)

2020 draft position: 28th overall
Qualifying offer: $5.8 million

It’ll be fascinating to learn the details of how much the Timberwolves were offering and what Jaden McDaniels was asking for. The market for wings that are elite perimeter defenders could be set to spike with players like McDaniels and OG Anunoby set to hit free agency next summer. The floor for them could be in the low $30 million range annually and several teams with cap space could offer as much to McDaniels. Minnesota will have to get their books in order and move one of Karl-Anthony Towns or Rudy Gobert to fit McDaniels without going deep into the tax.

Malachi Flynn (Toronto)

2020 draft position: 29th overall
Qualifying offer: $5.8 million

Malachi Flynn has been mostly marginalized in Toronto but that was under Nick Nurse. He now has a chance to prove he’s a rotation player under new head coach Darko Rajakovic. He would need to have a strong season to justify his $5.8 million qualifying offer.

Story originally appeared on HoopsHype