With Phoenix Suns training camp underway at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, the future of two players remains uncertain.
The Suns have until Halloween to extend the contracts of Archie Goodwin and Alex Len. If they do not, both will become restricted free agents next summer. So will the 22 year-old Goodwin and 23 year-old Len be in Phoenix when the 2017-18 season begins? Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports doesn’t think so.
Based on recent history and their situations, it's not likely the Suns will extend Alex Len or Archie Goodwin https://t.co/Pz9AklSe29— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) September 28, 2016
General Manager Ryan McDonough said what you would expect him to say on Monday at Phoenix Suns Media Day.
“I think we want to see how it goes with training camp, preseason. I feel like those rookie extension deals get done if they’re fair for both sides. A few of them are the no-brainers; the max extensions, stuff like that. With players as young as those two guys are, there’s obviously some projection involved as well — it’s not just what they are now but what they’re going to become in the next four, five years.”
An extension before October 31st would be a maximum 4-year deal. If Len and Goodwin are signed next summer, that deal could be a 5-year contract.
Last season Len averaged 9.0 points and 7.6 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game. Goodwin saw 19.5 minutes per contest, averaging 8.9 points per game and shooting 41% from the field and 23% from three-point range.
We’ll see what happens. The Suns will spend the week in Flagstaff before returning home to host the San Antonio Spurs in preseason action on Monday, October 3rd. What do you think? Do you want Len and Goodwin sticking around?