The 76ers have picked up the options on the rookie-scale contracts of Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, and Markelle Fultz, league sources said Monday, confirming a report by The Athletic.
The team also has until Wednesday's deadline to decide whether to pick up the third year on Furkan Korkmaz's deal. The second-year guard hadn't been notified of the team's decision as of the weekend. A source said the team hadn't decided whether to pick up the option.
The Sixers like Korkmaz's scoring ability but are unsure about retaining him. They might try to trade him. A source said Korkmaz wants to be traded over lack of playing time. The guard had played only a combined of 20 minutes, 19 seconds in three games heading into Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks.
The Sixers were long expected to pick up the contract options for Simmons (fourth year), Saric (fourth), and Fultz (third). If the options weren't picked up, the three would have become free agents after this season.
Fultz was the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. His third-year option is for $9.7 million. Simmons was drafted first in 2016. He'll make $8.1 million next season.
Saric was drafted 12th by the Orlando Magic in 2014 and immediately traded to the Sixers. He spent his first two seasons playing professionally in Turkey before joining the Sixers for the 2016-17 season. His fourth-year option is for $3.48 million.
Korkmaz's deal for next season would be $2.03 million. One reason for not picking it up would be to save on cap space. But his salary is not going to be a deal-breaker. If they still have enough money to acquire a maximum-salary free agent, the $2.03 million won't make much of a difference.
Last season, the Sixers declined the $6.3 million, fourth-year option of Jahlil Okafor before trading him to the Brooklyn Nets.