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2021 NBA contract extensions: James Harden, Bradley Beal, Michael Porter Jr. among players who could sign next

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Here’s a look at what might happen:

What’s the deal with Beal?

In October 2019, Bradley Beal signed a two-year extension with the Washington Wizards, pushing off his free agency until 2022 or 2023, depending on whether or not he picks up his $37.3 million player option. Irving has a $36.9 million player option, but could decline that and sign a four-year, $181.6 million extension instead. This would line their contracts up with Kevin Durant’s new deal, which expires in the summer of 2026.

The catch is that this would require Irving to sacrifice some money. As a former second-round pick, Claxton is eligible for an extension worth up to $55 million over four years, and he could sign at any point during the season. Is Denver willing to invest all that money in him and give Porter a max or near-max rookie extension? The extension that Nikola Jokic can sign next summer is projected to be worth more than $240 million over five years, and Jamal Murray has already signed a contract that will pay him $36 million in 2024-25.

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