Eric Pincus: Both Wayne Ellington and Shane Larkin opted out of their respective final years with the Brooklyn Nets @BBallInsiders
Alex Kennedy: Shane Larkin is opting out of his contract with the Nets, per sources. He'll be an unrestricted free agent. He had a $1.5 mil player option.
While Larkin has a player option for this summer, he says he hasn’t decided whether to opt out of his current contract with the Nets. He did stress that loves New York and that he would love to stay with Brooklyn if the franchise wants to grow with him moving forward. Larkin is seeking stability and, preferably, a long-term home.
“I’m not a guy who wants to play a 10-year career with eight different teams; I want to find a home and really lock in with a team where I know what the coach wants, what my teammates want and we can just all grow together,” Larkin told Basketball Insiders. “I feel like that’s how you get the best out of your players. It’s not like, ‘Alright, let’s get this guy here for a year, he can fill in this void for us and then [move on].’ I just turned 23, so I’m still young. Being able to get with a team on a two-year deal or three-year deal saying, ‘This is what we want you to be. We want you to spark our offense, push the tempo, be this guy and this is what we feel you can do for the team,’ then that’s perfect. Whether I’m a starter or whatever, it’s cool either way. I just want to find a situation where a team wants to see me grow with them and not just [have me as] a fill-in. That’s the kind of situation I’d be looking for.”
Larkin, the No. 18 selection in the 2013 NBA draft, will be a restricted free agent on July 1, if he declines the option. Larkin doesn't have a high market value around the NBA and for that reason he will probably opt in to guarantee the $1.5 million for next season. Larkin played in 78 games this season, starting 17, and he averaged 7.3 points, 4.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Besides Larkin, teammates Wayne Ellington and Thomas Robinson also own player options for next season.
January 25, 2021 | 3:21 pm EST Update
Andrew Wiggins has no illusions about how some Timberwolves fans may view the five-plus seasons Wiggins spent in Minnesota — that some wanted more out of his time here than just one playoff appearance after the Wolves traded for the 2014 No. 1 overall pick in the summer he was drafted. If ever fans wondered if Wiggins heard the jeers along with the cheers: he did. “Shoot, they probably got a lot of mixed feelings,” Wiggins said in a recent interview with the Star Tribune. “So it is what it is over there. Some might love me. Some might hate me.”
As Wiggins gets ready to face his former team for the first time Monday, he harbors no ill will toward fans, the franchise or President Gersson Rosas for trading him. In fact, he sounded thankful for the fresh start — and recognized that maybe he wasn’t the ideal fit to play with Towns that Russell could be.
“Looking back, I feel like [the trade] worked in the best favor for both teams,” Wiggins said. “Golden State needed a wing that could defend and just play his game, and Minnesota — they needed someone that could play with KAT, create with KAT, playmake. They needed a PG, you know? I feel like it worked out in the best favor for both.”
Wiggins was never one to take things personally and had the kind of laid-back personality that would let the criticism run off his lanky shoulders. It was also that personality that endeared him to teammates over the years, even if his play didn’t live up to fans’ lofty expectations. “They might boo you and they might say some stuff during the game, but once I left the atmosphere and I left Target Center, I never felt no negativity,” Wiggins said. “Whatever was left was left in the gym. Once I left that world, left Target Center, there was never no disrespect or nothing like that around the city. So it was cool.”
Wiggins said he had no hard feelings toward the organization and Rosas, especially since the Wolves traded him to a place in Golden State with championship DNA. The Warriors are 8-8 this season and in the early mix to return to the postseason after going just 15-50 while crushed by injuries a year ago. “It’s part of the business. It’s never personal …” Wiggins said. “It’s all love with those guys. We had special moments. We had good times together, but this is all just part of the business. They sent me to a good situation. You know, if they would’ve sent me to a [bad] situation, then it would’ve been, ‘All right.’ But they sent me to a great situation, so I’m thankful for that.”