The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have exercised their team option on forward Stanley Johnson for the 2017-2018 NBA season, the first of two team options in his rookie scale contract.
— InsideHoops.com (@InsideHoops) October 20, 2016
Detroit’s decision to pick up the option was an easy one to make, as it’s a common theme to see NBA rookies from the year before get their team options in their contracts picked up right before the season is set to start.
Johnson will earn $2.9 million this season, per Spotrac.com after making $2.8 in his rookie season last year. Johnson will head to restricted free agency in 2019, assuming the Pistons don’t reach an extension with him beforehand when he’s eligible for one.
The 20-year-old Johnson averaged 8.1 points, 1.6 assists, and 4.2 assists in 73 regular season games in 2015-2016. He will likely serve as Tobias Harris‘ primary back-up at small forward under head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Johnson was selected 8th overall by the Pistons in the 2015 NBA Draft.
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