The first pick in general manager Ryan McDonough’s tenure, Alex Len, plans on signing his 1-year, $4.2 million qualifying offer according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Wojnarowski reports that Len explored other offer sheets and possible sign-and-trades, but the former Maryland Terrapin is looking towards 2018 free agency when he would be unrestricted.
Len will now have one more year to prove himself worthy of a second contract in Phoenix.
Last season, Len was outperformed by backup Alan Williams, who in turn earned a 3-year, $17 million extension himself. Alongside Williams, Tyson Chandler, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender (McDonough said they would be interchangeable on matchups) look to compete for minutes at the five spot.
Is there room or a current plan for Len? With that much depth, it's hard to see him getting consistent minutes unless a subsequent move is made revolving around Chandler but that seems like a stretch at this point in time.
If Len fails to make significant strides in his development, expect this to be his final year in the Valley as he approaches no free agency restrictions and a fresh start.