Storyline: D'Angelo Russell Extension?

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Russell is owed $7.02 million this upcoming season and is eligible for a $9.16 million qualifying offer and restricted free agency next summer if he doesn’t agree to a rookie scale extension before the start of the regular season in October. “That’s not something I can control, so I just want to play, to be honest,” Russell said of his extension deadline coming up. “That’s really been my main focus. Staying healthy and finishing the season on a positive note. As a team, there’s a lot that we can really work on. Those have really been outweighing my thoughts on an extension and all of that.”

If the Nets want to sign Russell to a rookie-scale extension, they’ll need to do it before the regular season starts in October. So far they haven’t talked about doing so, seemingly content to extend the 22-year-old point guard a $9.16 million qualifying offer and let him hit restricted free agency next summer. “For now we’re going to see how this group plays together, how it all unfolds,” Marks said. “But — again, I’m not going to rule out anything — as we stand now, this is the group and we have no plans to make any crazy changes, whether that’s an extension or signing or trade anyone else. But things happen quickly.”

Booker, who called Russell his “brother” in a recent Instagram post, believes Russell is ready to capitalize on his opportunity this season after playing only 48 games last season due to knee surgery. “I think he’s more focused than ever right now,” Booker said. “Like I said earlier, everybody has…comes at different times and different opportunities. He’s in a whole new situation in Brooklyn, and I think he looked at that as a fresh start and he’s been working hard this summer. I know he’s been in New York grinding with the team and I’ve been in Los Angeles. Every time we talk on the phone it’s like, ‘I’m working’ and he’s saying the same thing. He’s locked in and ready to go.”
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