After taking yet another leap last season, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has become one of the most intriguing young prospects in the entire NBA.
As a reward for what type of player he’s become, a large payday is coming his way. As first reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gilgeous-Alexander has agreed to a five-year, $172 million maximum rookie contract extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Furthermore, this deal includes a 30 percent escalator clause that would turn the guaranteed $172M base into $207M should he find his way onto one of three All-NBA teams. In what should be great news for Thunder fans, Gilgeous-Alexander’s extension doesn’t include any early termination options, meaning he is under contract for the full four years and can’t opt out early.
Last season in OKC, Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 23.7 points, 5.9 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game while shooting 41.8 percent from three.