Put another one in the plus column for Dell Demps
So we have finally uncovered the exact contract details with regard to Robin Lopez's deal. Next year, the Hornets have two options with Lopez and a deadline of July 5th to make them.
Option 1: Let him walk and pay him just $500,000
Option 2: Pick up his option for that season for $5.12 million
If he picks option two, he will have a similar decision to make the following summer
Option 1: Let him walk and you owe him NOTHING
Option 2: Pick up 5.34 million dollar contract
Why is this so brilliant? Because of the date. Teams can start negotiating on July 1st with free agents. Dell can go after the big fish for those first 4 days, knowing that he can decline Lopez's option for max cap room if needed. If he swings and misses on the big fish, he can pick up Lopez's option at a reasonable salary.
Dell has put himself in a no lose position with that one little detail. Bravo