20. Montrezl Harrell, C
I had originally written this paragraph about how it would be more than likely that Montrezl Harrell would opt into his player option and remain a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. However, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the 6-foot-7 center will opt out of his deal and become a free agent. There’s a chance that he might not be on an NBA roster to begin next season due to his less-than-impressive play this past year.
19. Damian Jones, C
It was surprising that a third-string center like Damian Jones received a player option from the Los Angeles Lakers last offseason. What wasn’t surprising was that he was traded mid-season and had a stronger showing with the Utah Jazz, but that strong showing won’t be able to get the 6-foot-11 big man a contract worth more than the $2.6 million his player option is worth. He opted into his deal according to Wojnarowski of ESPN.
“…the 6-foot-7 center will opt out of his deal and become a free agent. There’s a chance that he might not be on an NBA roster to begin next season due to his less-than-impressive play this past year.”
18. Otto Porter Jr., F
Keeping in mind that Otto Porter Jr. only played eight games this past season with the Toronto Raptors due to injury, it wasn’t surprising that the 6-foot-8 opted into his $6.3 million player option. The news was broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
17. Danuel House Jr., SF
Danuel House Jr. has also exercised his player option, per Wojnarowski. It wasn’t surprising considering he was in and out of former Philly head coach Doc Rivers’ rotation last season. The 6-foot-6 might have a better shot next year at a bigger payday playing under new head coach Nick Nurse.
16. Derrick Jones Jr., PF
The 6-foot-5 former slam dunk champion has found a home with the Chicago Bulls for the past two weeks. While nothing is official, it seems that the undersized is planning on coming back to the Bulls via his player option, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Chicago.