Kyle Singler Rumors

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Kyle Singler
Kyle Singler
Position: F
Born: 05/04/88
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $4,666,500
It wouldn’t be fair to call Kyle Singler’s contract an albatross. But considering his sparse production and how little he played last season, Singler’s contract isn’t ripening with age. What the Thunder could do with Singler’s contract is utilize the stretch provision. Singler remaining salary will still be on the Thunder’s team salary when he’s waived, but the Thunder would be able to “stretch” the contract over twice the number of remaining years on Singler’s deal, plus an additional year. The Thunder has until Aug. 31 to stretch Singler’s contract.
Storyline: Kyle Singler Buyout?
But 15 times in the regular season, Singler wasn’t even on Oklahoma City’s active roster. And in a five-game playoff series loss to the Rockets, Singler played just once, 10 nondescript minutes in a Game 2 loss. That lack of production – coupled with Singler’s salary – has led to speculation about his future. But moving him isn’t a given. The Thunder could find a trade partner – a team willing to bet Singler could return to his Detroit form, or one willing to take him on as part of a larger deal – or it could waive him.
With the Thunder possibly looking to get under the luxury tax, there is a chance the team releases Singler altogether and stretches the remaining $9.7 million guaranteed on his deal. (The final season of his contract is non-guaranteed.) In the case of Singler, specifically, that would mean waiving him, then spreading out his cap hit to $1.4 million a year over seven years. Singer gets ’18 and ’19 salaries, either way. Merely how the cap number is distributed changes.
Storyline: Kyle Singler Buyout?
Keeping dead money on the books is never ideal, but stretching Singler would save the team about $3.3 million in cap room for 2017-18 and $3.6 million the following season. It’s a distinct possibility. And it leads to what could be a summer of waiting for Singler, though it’s worth noting the Thunder both publicly and privately laud Singler’s work ethic and attitude.