As expected, the Sixers will be making qualifying contract offers to Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes, per philly.com. While the offers haven’t officially been made, they’re expected to happen some time this week.
Effective July 1, both Young and Hawes will be restricted free agents. After the players are made the qualifying offers the Sixers would have the right to match any free agent contract the players could potentially receive. If a restricted free agent sign an offer sheet from another team the Sixers would have seven days to match. If the Sixers do match, the terms of the signed contract apply and the Sixers keep that player.
Of course, with the pending NBA lockout coming that same day, it could be a while before the future of both players is ultimately decided.
Regardless of the lockout, if a restricted free agent does not sign a contract offer from another team, the terms of the qualifying offer will apply and once signed the player will be under contract for the coming season. For Young, that number should be at $3.99 million, while Hawes will get about $4.05 million. And that’s assuming of course that all rules governing this process still apply post-lockout.
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