The NBA has an important deadline coming up that affects the Wizards and their future with former first round pick Kelly Oubre Jr.
Oct. 15 is the last day teams can reach rookie scale contract extensions and Oubre, who is entering his fourth season, is eligible for one.
However, it does not appear likely a deal between the two sides will get done, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.
In some ways, that is to be expected. Only a handful of them happen each season and they usually involve the most accomplished players from each draft class.
Last year, only four players from the 2014 class got extensions before the deadline. The only two from Oubre's class to have new deals so far are Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns.
When it comes to the Wizards and Oubre, whom they picked 15th overall in 2015, both sides have reason to wait. The Wizards have substantial money committed long-term to other players, so they can use the flexibility, and Oubre knows he can raise his stock significantly with a big year.
There were different circumstances, but Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. were in the same situation previously. Beal didn't receive an extension at this time in his career due to the Wizards' salary cap situation, while Porter was an unproven player. Both had big contract years and cashed in for max money.
Those situations worked out well for the Wizards and give them added reason to be patient with Oubre. They also have depth at Oubre's position, having just drafted Troy Brown Jr. in the first round in June.
Oubre, just 22, could make more money if he takes another step in his development this season. He stands to gain a lot if he bets on himself instead of taking what he can get right now.
As shown with Beal and Porter, no deal at this point does not mean the end of a player's tenure with the team that drafted them. The Wizards could work out a new contract with Oubre next summer and they will own his rights as a restricted free agent.
Porter, for example, was a restricted free agent in 2017 and the Wizards matched his offer from the Brooklyn Nets.
Deadlines can change the nature of negotiations, but don't count on a new deal for Oubre barring something unforeseen.
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